PopeyeDirector: Robert Altman
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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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Cast & Crew
|Shelley Duvall||Olive Oyl|
|Ray Walston||Poopdeck Pappy|
|Linda Hunt||Mrs. Oxheart|
|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|
|Peter Bray||Oxblood Oxheart, the Fighter|
|Allison Caine||Additional Voice|
|Robert Fortier||Bill Barnacle, town drunk|
|William Irwin||Ham Gravy|
|Sharon Kinney||Cherry, His Moll|
|David McCharen||Harry Hotcash, gambler|
|Van Dyke Parks||Hoagy|
|Paul Zegler||Mayor Stonefeller|
|Scott Bushnell||Costumes/Costume Designer,Producer|
|C.O. Erickson||Executive Producer|
|Robert Gravenor||Sound/Sound Designer|
|John W. Holmes||Editor|
|Wolf Kroeger||Production Designer|
|Harry Nilsson||Score Composer,Songwriter|
|Van Dyke Parks||Score Composer|
|Jack Stephens||Set Decoration/Design|
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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I enjoy watching this film when it comes my way. Robin Williams probably won't be remembered for his role as Popeye yet he turns in a fine performance. Bringing to life an animated character, he gives us a terrific performance in the title role. He is completely convincing even with his big realistic brawny forearms, trademark of his character. Mr. Williams ironically takes a subtle approach on his characterization of Popeye, relying less on his all out persona and focusing instead in the parental sweetness of his character when dealing with his new found son Sweet Pea and in relating romantically with Olive Oyl. Which leads us to talk about Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl. Basically she was born to have this role. Duvall brings the perfect blend of goofiness and even dignity to the role. When on screen is very hard not to take away your eyes from her. One of the highlights of the film is when she sings all by herself on a moonlit pier the silly ditty “He Needs Me” and the movie soars with a whimsical understated charm that is both memorable and wonderful. The movie also accomplishes wonderful nutty moments and does an amazing job of capturing the spirit of a live action cartoon without thankfully the need of any CGI effects. Much credit should be given to the work of Wolf Kroeger, the production designer, who has come up with a spectacular physical universe. His Sweethaven set, built on location on the island of Malta consists of a detailed and atmospheric fishing village where streets run at crazy angles and all the buildings lean together dangerously on the coast side. The music score by the late Harry Nilsson is weaved in into the plot without appearing forced and although there are no obvious show stoppers there are a few clever melodies, most memorable the already mentioned “He Needs Me”, “Food, Food, Food” and the opening anthem “Sweet haven” in which a gloomy sarcasm must be noted. Popeye is a mix bag of wacky elements that suffers from some uneven pacing but at times it is gloriously weird, visually spectacular and brimming with intelligence. I recommend it to those who enjoy unpredictable and unusual entertainment that’s not neatly package in a square box. To me that kind of packaging sometimes have the best surprises.
i grew up watching popeye cartoons on tv. this movie matches better than i would have believed possible the flavor of the cartoon, only better. i love the set and costumes and color of the movie, i love the songs and the singing (i can't imagine olive oyl sounding any different) and the mood of the film. the behavior and speech and mood of the characters couldn't be more like what i imagined as a kid watching the cartoons, only better.
This film represents a clear and well-executed vision. It interprets the original comic strip for a subsequent generation, extending the ''eat your spinach'' theme toward a deeper exploration of family relationships. Critics who disliked this film are the ones who judge a book by its cover. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll wonder how a film this beautiful gets lost in the shuffle. Kids will enjoy it, too.
An outstanding movie with entertainment for the entire family. Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall are at their best in this film. Some of the best acting seen in years. Wish they still made movies that were TRUE ENTERTAINMENT and not just a lot of hype, violence and sex!
it's pretty funny. if you like baz luhrman movies (moulin rouge, romeo&juliet and strictly ballroom) or any other strangely-funny movie with music, then you'll probably like this. i thought it was entertaining. but what am i?
I loved this movie, everytime I see it I can see something different in it...I want to know when Paramont is going to zip this movie to dts and put it on dvd?
This is one of many movies that takes me back to my early teenage years. They could not have picked a better character to play Popeye than Robin Williams. One question though... When is the DVD coming out????
This is Robin Williams' greatest role. (No kidding.) Popeye is a character who mutters asides all the time. I'm sure Williams adlibed the whole thing. The movie accurately captures Popeye as a cartoon character being brought to life. Movie contains such unforgettable concepts as an ''exact change'' tax collector.
This flick is HILARIOUS!!! You can't take it seriously (but then, who would take Popeye seriously?) I think this is way too underrated.