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Popeye (1980)

The adventures of the famous sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Jules Feiffer (screenplay), E.C. Segar (based on characters by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Williams ... Popeye
Shelley Duvall ... Olive Oyl
Ray Walston ... Poopdeck Pappy
Paul Dooley ... Wimpy
Paul L. Smith ... Bluto
Richard Libertini ... Geezil
Donald Moffat ... The Taxman
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... Cole Oyl
Roberta Maxwell ... Nana Oyl
Donovan Scott ... Castor Oyl
Allan F. Nicholls ... Rough House (as Allan Nicholls)
Wesley Ivan Hurt ... Swee'pea
Bill Irwin ... Ham Gravy, the Old Boyfriend
Robert Fortier Robert Fortier ... Bill Barnacle, the Town Drunk
David McCharen David McCharen ... Harry Hotcash, the Gambler
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Storyline

Buff sailor man Popeye arrives in an awkward seaside town called Sweethaven. There he meets Wimpy, a hamburger-loving man; Olive Oyl, the soon-to-be love of his life; and Bluto, a huge, mean pirate who is out to make Sweethaven pay for no good reason. Popeye also discovers his long-lost Pappy in the middle of it all, so with a band of his new friends, Popeye heads off to stop Bluto, and he's got the power of spinach, which Popeye detests, to bust Bluto right in the mush. Watch as Popeye mops the floor with punks in a burger joint, stops a greedy taxman, takes down a champion boxer, and even finds abandoned baby Swee'pea. He's strong to the finish 'cause he eats his spinach. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Taglines:

He's a man's man! He's a ladies man! He's a family man! He's a sailor man! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Popeye See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,310,520, 14 December 1980

Gross USA:

$49,823,037

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$49,823,037
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Vistasonic

Color:

Color | Black and White (prologue)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At Olive and Bluto's engagement party, a man can be heard complaining about Olive getting married. This man is Ham Gravy, who was Olive's fiancé in the "Thimble Theater" comics before he was written out and Popeye took his place. See more »

Goofs

When Bluto climbs his ship to announce curfew, the battery pack for his mic is visibly attached to his back, underneath his long underwear. See more »

Quotes

Popeye: [to Wimpy] I oughta busk you right in the mush.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens and ends with the Sailor's Hornpipe, a famous nautical song. This song is heard as part of Popeye's theme song in the opening, then is heard in its full form at the film's ending. See more »

Alternate Versions

In the original theatrical and video release, the scene in which everyone abandons ship after Pappy rams Bluto's boat runs a little longer. The scene ends with Popeye diving into the water shouting out "Oh shit!" This has been removed from the DVD release. See more »


Soundtracks

It's Not Easy Bein' Me
(uncredited)
Written by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Ray Walston and Paul L. Smith
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Strange but true.
5 October 1999 | by andy-227See all my reviews

Curiously, as opposed to many other views, I came to know the "Popeye" cartoons through this movie! I remember watching it when I was a little kid, and loving it. Now, many years later, I watched it again, and I realized what a weird movie it was. It makes sense because of it's satirical attitude towards talking about everyday life and the people in the world today. But by itself, it's very incoherent and difficult to understand. People hated it, but my Dad and I found something a little bit deeper in it. I never understood why they sang a song about food. When I watched it with my Dad though, we discussed it a little further, and it finally made sense and had a profound message. "Everything is food"? Well, yes. That's life. The circle of life revolves around survival with food. Life is food, when you think deeply enough about it. It's strange, and it's made all the stranger the way it's presented in the film. But it's very true! "Popeye" takes place in the bizarre world of Seahaven, but it's really about our own world and it thinks deeply about many things that we the everyday people take for granted. When I understood that, I started to love it all over again. I was somewhat disappointed with the ending. It seemed hurried, and there wasn't a real closing statement. Since "Popeye" talked so much about the world we live in and the people who live in it, I felt there should have been something more. I liked "Popeye", but beware, it's weird and not for all tastes. You have to watch it a few times and dig a little deeper with each viewing to get the full benefit of the film.


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