Popeye

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Released 1980

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Director:
Robert Altman (I)
Released:
1980
Rating:
PG
Popeye is a 1980 adventure film directed by Robert Altman. It is a live-action adaptation of Elzie Crisler Segar's popular Popeye comics from the 1930s. While he is searching for his long-lost father Poopdeck Pappy (Ray Walston), Popeye (Robin Williams) the sailor decides to dock his dinghy in the small town of Sweethaven. When he arrives, he takes up residence at a boarding house run by sweet Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall), with whom he falls in love. Due to his affection for Olive Oyl, Popeye soon earns the ire of Olive's tough fiance Bluto (Paul L. Smith), who is the town's tax collector. One day, Olive Oyl and Popeye find an abandoned baby named Swee'Pea (Wesley Ivan Hurt), who has the magical power to predict the future. When Bluto abducts Swee'Pea and Olive Oyl to use them in an evil plan, Popeye must bulk up by eating some of his famous spinach and head out on his dinghy to save the day.moreless

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  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It's clear that this movie has an affection for Popeye, and so much regard for the sailor man that it even bothers to reveal the real truth about his opinion of spinach.

  • 60

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Miss Duvall is superb - genteely ladylike one minute, a woman of volcanic passions the next.

  • 50

    Variety

    It is more than faint praise to say that Popeye is far, far better than it might have been, considering the treacherous challenge it presented. But avoiding disaster is not necessa...

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