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Popeye (1980)

The sailor man with the spinach can!

Original Title : Popeye
Director : Robert Altman
Writer : E.C. Segar
Jules Feiffer
Genre : Adventure
Comedy/Musical
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Scott Bushnell , C.O. Erickson , Robert Evans
Music : Harry Nilsson
Photography : Giuseppe Rotunno
Distributor : Paramount Pictures
IMDB ID : 0081353
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poster for "Popeye" by Robert Altman (1980)
Popeye (1980) - Robert Altman
 

Starring

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 Cole Oyl
Roberta Maxwell Nana Oyl
Donovan Scott Castor Oyl
Allan F. Nicholls Rough House
Wesley Ivan Hurt Swee'pea
Bill Irwin Ham Gravy
Robert Fortier Bill Barnacle
David McCharen Harry Hotcash
Sharon Kinney Cherry
Peter Bray Oxblood Oxheart
Linda Hunt Mrs. Oxheart
Geoff Hoyle Scoop
Wayne Robson Chizzelflint
Larry Pisoni Chico
Carlo Pellegrini Swifty
Susan Kingsley La Verne
Michael Christiansen Splatz
Ray Cooper The Preacher
Noel Parenti Slick
Karen McCormick Rosie
John E. Bristol Bear
Julie Janney Mena Walfleur
Patty Katz Mina Walfleur
Diane Shaffer Mona Walfleur
Nathalie Blossom Blossom Walfleur
Dennis Franz Spike
Alan Autry Slug (as Carlos Brown
Ned Dowd Butch
Hovey Burgess Mort
Roberto Messina Gozo
Pietro Torrisi Bolo
Margery Bond Daisy
Judy Burgess Petunia
Saundra MacDonald Violet
Eve Knoller Min
Peggy Pisoni Pickelina
Barbara Zegler Daphne
Paul Zegler Mayor Stonefeller
Pamela Burrell Mrs. Stonefeller
David Arkin The Mailman/Policeman
Klaus Voormann Von Schnitzel
Doug Dillard Clem
Van Dyke Parks Hoagy
Stan Wilson Oscar
Roberto Dell'Acqua The Chimneysweep
Valerie Velardi Cindy
 

Plot

Buff sailorman Popeye arrives in an awkward seaside town called Sweet Haven. 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's out to make Sweet Haven 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 busk Bluto right in the mush. Watch as Popeye mops the floor with punks in a burger joint, stops a greedy tax man, takes down a champion boxer, and even finds abandoned baby Swee'Pea. He's strong to the finich, 'cause he eats his spinach! Popeye is a muscular sailor who arrives in the seaside town Sweet Haven in search of his long-lost father. Popeye finds Sweet Haven is governed by the pirate and big bully Bluto. In Sweet Haven, Popeye meets new friends who live in the town, Wimpy, a man whose favorite food is burgers and Olive Oyl, Bluto's girlfriend. In Sweet Haven, Popeye becomes a legend, when he takes on a gang of punks in Wimpy's burger bar, stops a greedy tax-man, and defeats a champion boxer in a boxing match. After Popeye and Olive Oyl find a abandoned baby boy named Swee'pea. Popeye reunites with his father and discovers he has been kidnapped by Bluto and he sets out to stop Bluto who bids to get his vengeance on Sweet Haven, by eating spinach which gives him his incredible strength. The comic strip and animated sailor hero comes to life in this meticulous live action production that looks at the origins of Popeye and his battle against arch-rival Bluto. Nearly all the characters from the strip are reproduced here.
 

Comments

An Outstanding Film!, 15 January 2005 Author: Boone Johnson (xlut8da02@sneakemail.com) from Japan What's with all the bashing? I never get tired of watching this warm, visceral musical that pulls me in with its myriad textures, striking colors, and unpredictable pacing and dialogue which never seems contrived or scripted (and of course was often expertly improvised). It is the unfettered antithesis to all the shiny, over-produced media of our age. No pretty faces. No product placements. No feel of a commercialized film crafted to be anything other than a comedy musical adaptation of one of my favorite comic strips. It adapts the world of E.C. Daily's style, before King Features "cleaned it up" for animation. Disjointed, rambling...borderline insane, just like the comic! And the music is bonus all the way through. Quirky, playful, simple numbers that perfectly reflect the feel of the old comic. But then again, I liked Hudson Hawk and the Forbidden Zone, so you probably don't want to listen to me. I'm not holding my breath for a commentary-loaded SE DVD.
 
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