Popeye

Popeye

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Director: Robert Altman

Cast: Robert Altman, Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston

     
 

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Based on the long-running comic strip created by E.C. Segar (and less on the animated cartoons created by Max Fleischer, which were decidedly different in tone and approach), Popeye follows the sailor man with the mighty arms (played by Robin Williams in his first major film role) as he arrives in the seaside community of Sweethaven in search of his long-lostSee more details below

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Based on the long-running comic strip created by E.C. Segar (and less on the animated cartoons created by Max Fleischer, which were decidedly different in tone and approach), Popeye follows the sailor man with the mighty arms (played by Robin Williams in his first major film role) as he arrives in the seaside community of Sweethaven in search of his long-lost father. Popeye meets and quickly falls for the slender Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall, in the role she was born to play), but Olive's hand has already been promised to the hulking Bluto (Paul Smith), of whom Olive can say little except, well, he's large. Eventually, Popeye and Olive are brought together by Swee' Pea (Wesley Ivan Hurt), an adorable foundling, and Popeye finally meets his dad, Poopdeck Pappy (Ray Walston). Director Robert Altman in no way tempered his trademark style for this big-budget family opus, crowding the screen with a variety of characters and allowing his cast to overlap as much dialogue as they want.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Maverick director Robert Altman’s career has been a succession of hits and misses, and this 1980 musical was, according to critics, a Bluto-sized miss. Entrusted with a big-budget family film based on a beloved cartoon character, Altman chose not to compromise his style, retaining the signature overlapping dialogue and all the rest. Twenty-plus years later, on DVD -- blow me down -- there is much to recommend. This was a pioneering attempt to adapt a comic strip and cartoon universe to live-action. The seaside town of Sweethaven is a marvel of production design, and in the Altman canon, it is as cockeyed a community as the 4077th in M*A*S*H or the Presbyterian Church in McCabe & Mrs. Miller, filled with memorably quirky characters. In his first film, Robin Williams keeps his gag reflex in check as Popeye, who is searching for "me poppa," who abandoned him. The sailor man's mumbled asides are perfectly attuned to Williams' s improvisational style. And who else but Shelley Duvall could play Olive Oyl, who is engaged to the bully Bluto? As Wimpy, who would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today, Paul Dooley's performance is a deluxe with cheese, and Wesley Ivan Hurt's Swee'pea, an infant Popeye takes under his wing, is an adorable film tyke without peer. Jules Feiffer's script could use some spinach, but Harry Nilsson's songs charm in a typically Nilsson fashion. (It's worth noting that Paul Thomas Anderson put Duvall's "He Needs Me" to endearingly quirky use in Punch-Drunk Love.) This wide-screen DVD presentation is leaps and bounds ahead of the confused VHS pan-and-scan version and will invite many critics to reconsider this quirky gem.
All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Plagued by production troubles and reviled by critics upon its release, director Robert Altman's comic-book fantasy has nonetheless survived -- after years of video rentals and afternoon TV airings -- as a witty alternative to the average, oversimplified Disney pabulum. The casting certainly wasn't a problem: Robin Williams, replete with prosthetic forearms and a squinty left eye, makes for a perfectly mannered Popeye; and spaced-out beanpole Shelley Duvall may very well have been put on this earth to play the spaced-out beanpole Olive Oyl. Altman envisioned the cartoon's town of Sweethaven as a bustling, grungy burg not unlike the frontier town of McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971); but where critics praised McCabe's overlapping dialogue and dark, detailed production design, they found the same techniques completely anachronistic to the ostensibly sunny cartoon world of Popeye and Bluto. Still, there's enough levity in the script to keep things afloat, and the Harry Nilsson/Van Dyke Parks songs are a delight, although their ironic humor may be lost on the very young. Like a Where's Waldo search book, Popeye is indeed cluttered and overstuffed -- but these very qualities keep tykes coming back for repeat viewings, to see or hear something they might have missed the first time.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929303342
Original Release:
1980
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
2,705

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Popeye
Shelley Duvall Olive Oyl
Ray Walston Poopdeck Pappy
Paul Smith Bluto
Paul Dooley Wimpy
Linda Hunt Mrs. Oxheart
Richard Libertini Geezil
Donald Moffat Taxman
MacIntyre Dixon Cole Oyl
Roberta Maxwell Nana Oyl
Donovan Scott Castor Oyl
Allan Nicholls Rough House
Wesley Ivan Hurt Swee' Pea
David Arkin The Mailman/Policeman
Margery Bond Daisy
Peter Bray Oxblood Oxheart, the Fighter
Carlos Brown Slug
Hovey Burgess Mort
Allison Caine Additional Voice
Michael Christensen Actor
Ray Cooper Preacher
Ned Dowd Butch
Robert Fortier Bill Barnacle, town drunk
Dennis Franz Spike
Geoff Hoyle Scoop
William Irwin Ham Gravy
Julie Janney Mena
Susan Kingsley LaVerne
Sharon Kinney Cherry, His Moll
David McCharen Harry Hotcash, gambler
Roberto Messina Gozo
Noel Parenti Slick
Van Dyke Parks Hoagy
Wayne Robson Chizzelflint
Pietro Torrisi Bolo
Paul Zegler Mayor Stonefeller

Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director
Hovey Burgess Choreography
Scott Bushnell Costumes/Costume Designer,Producer
C.O. Erickson Executive Producer
Robert Evans Producer
Jules Feiffer Screenwriter
Raja Gosnell Editor
Robert Gravenor Sound/Sound Designer
John W. Holmes Editor
Sharon Kinney Choreography
Wolf Kroeger Production Designer
Tony Lombardo Editor
Harry Nilsson Score Composer,Songwriter
Van Dyke Parks Score Composer
Giuseppe Rotunno Cinematographer
David Simmons Editor
Jack Stephens Set Decoration/Design
Lou Wills Choreography

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Popeye
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12

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