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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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Chock-full of hearty laughs for the entire family! 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

The producers wanted the role of Olive Oyl to be played by Gilda Radner. However, Robert Altman held out for Shelley Duvall. See more »

Goofs

When Bluto is beating up Popeye and making threats of how taxed the Oyls were going to be, Bluto's mouth is not moving at all. See more »

Quotes

Chorus: [singing] He's Popeye the Sailor Man, he's Popeye the Sailor Man / He's strong to the finich, cause he eats his spinach / He's Popeye the Sailor Man!
Popeye: [singing] I'm one tough gazookus, which hates all palookas / But takes on the up and square / I biffs 'em and boffs 'em , and always out-ruffs 'em / But none of them gets nowhere!
Chorus: [singing] If anyone dares to risks his fists / it's buff, and it's wham, understand?
Popeye: [singing] So keep good behavior, that's your one lifesaver / with Popeye the Sailor Man!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Pieces (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

He's Large
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Shelley Duvall and Chorus
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6 November 2002 | by spectre316-1See all my reviews

I don't know why, but I have some sort of attachment to this movie.

I've had this Robert Altman love/hate thing going on for a long time; his movies are so hard to catagorize. But when you see an Altman movie you know it's an Altman movie; the atmosphere he supplies for his movies is creepily effective and amazing. The camera always seems to be detached from that environment, so it seems really natural and kind of voyeristic.

I recently watched "Gosford Park" and was very disappointed. I don't know why; it just was extremely slow for me and boring. I was bored to tears.

But then we have a film like "The Player," which entertained me in a weird way. Same with "Popeye." Unlike other users, I think the musical numbers in "Popeye" were actually quite good. Especially "He Needs Me," sung by Shelly Duvall, recently fully realized in the movie Punch-Drunk Love.

This movie looks amazing, IMO. The town is completely alive, and like others have said, the movie is like a complete replica of a Popeye cartoon. Shelly Duvall and Willams are amazing.

Some things didn't seem so necessary, like the boxing match; but I thought it kind of fitted with the whole scheme of things. The ending is especially memorable... before I watched it recently it still really stuck out in my head from times when I watched when I was young kid.

Not too bad of a movie. I'd give it 6 out of 10 stars or ***/****.


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