The amazing producer Robert Evans died last week, at the age of 89, but we can celebrate his legacy by viewing some of his best movies online.
As head of production at Paramount, the film company he turned around in the 70’s, Evans produced some great films, and they’re online, like True Grit, the 1969 classic western starring John Wayne and Kim Darby, now on Amazon Prime, or Serpico, the 1973 classic drama about corruption in the New York City Police Dept., and the man who fought to fight that, played by Al Pacino, now available on Hulu. But the best early Evans movie available online right now is The Conversation, the 1973 classic mystery directed by Francis Ford Copolla and starring Gene Hackman, John Cazalle, Cindy Williams and Frederic Forrest, available on Amazon. The later films that Evans personally produced include the best, like Chinatown, the 1974 award winning thriller, directed by Roman Polanski, and starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston(!) , now streaming on Hulu, and you can get The Two Jakes there, too, also produced by Evans, directed by Jack Nicholson himself, this time and starring Nicholson, Harvey Keitel, Madeleine Stowe and Eli Wallach, not as good, but it may satisfy your need for noir. You can even find some of Evans’ later films on Amazon Prime, like The Cotton Club, the 1984 crime drama starring Richard Gere, Gregory Hines and Diane Lane, again directed by Francis Ford Coppolla, and Sliver, the 1993 thriller starring Sharon Stone, Tom Berenger and William Baldwin. And if you’re willing to sign up for the free IMDb channel on Amazon, you can watch Popeye, directed by Robert Altman, and starring Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall and Paul Dooley.
So you can remember Robert Evans and study all the outstanding movies he produced, simply by watching some of the best movies from the 70’s and 80’s online, on Hulu, Netflix and Amazon!