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- Rated: PG
- Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 12, 2017
- Originally Released: 1980
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Robin Williams & Shelley Duvall|
|Performer:||Ray Walston, Linda Hunt, Paul Dooley, Paul L. Smith, Richard Libertini, Donald Moffat, Roberta Maxwell, Donovan Scott & Bill Irwin|
|Directed by||Robert Altman|
|Edited by||John W. Holmes & David Simmons|
|Screenplay by||Jules Feiffer|
|Produced by||Robert Evans|
|Director of Photography:||Giuseppe Rotunno|
|Executive Production by||C.O. Erickson|
Rating: 0/4 -- I reeeeeaaaaaaalllllllyyyyyy hated this movie...
It is more than faint praise to say that Popeye is far, far better than it might have been, considering the treacherous challenge it presented. But avoiding disaster is not necessarily the same as success. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- The soundtrack is the one place where it seems to have ended up as exactly the film it set out to be. Full Review
It is evident that Robert Altman has crafted a painstaking, serious, and exemplary movie. Full Review
El Pais (Spain)
Rating: 3.5/5 -- A thoroughly charming, immensely appealing mess of a movie, often high-spirited and witty, occasionally pretentious and flat, sometimes robustly funny and frequently unintelligible.
New York Times
Rating: 3.5/4 -- He takes one of the most artificial and limiting of art forms -- the comic strip -- and raises it to the level of high comedy and high spirits. Full Review
You wonder how on earth Altman did it; equally often, you feel you are watching a wacky masterpiece, the like of which you've never seen before. Full Review
The classic comic strip and cartoon hero comes to life in Robert Altman's film adaptation of the adventures of the spinach-munching sailor. After he's thrown from his ship during a storm, Popeye (Robin Williams) finds refuge in a quaint seaside town. There he rents a room from the Oyls and meets their daughter Olive (the perfectly cast Shelley Duvall). Olive is engaged to Captain Bluto (Paul Smith), a bully and ruffian who is in charge of collecting taxes for the mysterious Commandant. Popeye, who was orphaned at an early age, is in the midst of a desperate search for his missing father, but what he doesn't realize is that the shipwreck has brought him unexpectedly close to his final destination. In bringing his own distinct vision to E. C. Segar's legendary hero, Altman creates an atmosphere that is breezy, loose, and filled with slapstick shenanigans. Williams portrays Popeye with a physically comic flair that is both honest and energetic--as do the rest of the cast members, including frequent Altman contributors Duvall, Paul Dooley, and David Arkin. Harry Nilsson's songs add to the lighthearted affair, making POPEYE an enjoyable family viewing experience all around.
Robin Williams performs his signature physical comedy in the title role of this musical-fantasy based on E. C. Segar's comic-strip hero, which finds the spinach-eating sailor searching for his missing father, meeting Olive Oyl, and coping with the bully Bluto. The burger-happy Wimpy is also featured in the colorful cast of characters.
- Theatrical Release: December 12, 1980.
- POPEYE was shot on location in Malta.
- After a long pre-production period in which the script was passed from one director to another (including Hal Ashby, Arthur Penn and Mike Nichols), Robert Altman ended up helming the project.
- Robert Evans commissioned a script from the POPEYE comic strip creator E. C. Segar and Jules Feiffer after he was outbid for the rights to the screen version of ANNIE. At one point during the development of the project, Dustin Hoffman and Lily Tomlin were signed on as Popeye and Olive Oyl.
- Ray Walston (TV's MY FAVORITE MARTIAN) appears as Poopdeck Pappy.
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