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Popeye [1980] (1 disc)

Director:Robert Altman
Writer:Jules Feiffer
Composer:Harry Nilsson
Songs:Harry Nilsson
Length:113 minutes
(1 hour 53 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Graphic Novel
Sorting Tub:Bravo
IMDB Rating:4.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:58%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A unique sailor shows up in town looking for his Pappy and ends up connecting with a wiry young woman and an abandoned young boy.

Reaction: A bit of an odd movie, but there are some hummable tunes and some funny little moments.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Robert Altman => Director
Jules Feiffer => Writer
Harry Nilsson => Composer / Songs
E.C. Segar => Original Comics
Allan F. Nicholls => Rough House (as Allan Nicholls)
Bill Irwin => Ham Gravy, the Old Boyfriend
Dennis Franz => Spike
Donald Moffat => The Taxman
Donovan Scott => Castor Oyl
Jack Mercer => Popeye - Animated Prologue
Linda Hunt => Mrs. Oxheart, his Mudder
MacIntyre Dixon => Cole Oyl
Paul Dooley => Wimpy
Paul L. Smith => Bluto
Peter Bray => Oxblood Oxheart, the Fighter
Ray Walston => Poopdeck Pappy
Richard Libertini => Geezil
Robert Fortier => Bill Barnacle, the Town Drunk
Roberta Maxwell => Nana Oyl
Robin Williams => Popeye
Shelley Duvall => Olive Oyl
Wayne Robson => Chizzelflint, the Pawnbroker
Wesley Ivan Hurt => Swee'pea

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Jules Feiffer's script originally included Popeye's magical pet Jeep. Though the Jeep was ultimately left out, Feiffer gave some of its magical characteristics to Swee'Pea, hence the baby's apparent clairvoyance.
  • During filming of the scene at the end where Ray Walston throws Robin Williams the can of spinach, Ray hit Robin in the head so hard that he required several stitches in his scalp. This delayed filming for several weeks.
  • In a print interview released around the same time as the film, Shelley Duvall admitted that kids used to call her "Olive Oyl" when she was in grade school.
  • At one point, Lily Tomlin was signed to play Olive Oyl. (This was before the film hit development hell.)
  • A 200-250 foot breakwater also had to be constructed at the mouth of the harbor to prevent the set from getting flooded during high seas.
  • The many sunken ships in the harbor were actually seaworthy vessels that were rented or bought and then sunk.
  • Robin Williams's film debut. Linda Hunt's film debut too, while it is the last film of Jack Mercer.
  • While it may seem odd to most viewers that the movie's portrayal of Popeye does not like spinach, this was also a theme used in the original comic strip by E.C. Segar. In fact, only once during the syndicated run of the comic did Popeye eat spinach (to boost his already considerable strength before a fight). Popeye was not first shown to like spinach and eat it regularly until he made his debut as an animated character (probably more as a move on the part of his producers to promote the animated sailor as a positive role model for younger viewers than anything else).
  • The makeup appliances for Robin Williams' fake forearms were not ready when filming began, so in early shots, Popeye wears a long-sleeved raincoat to hide his normal-sized arms.
  • Many of the "citizens" of Sweethaven, especially those who had to do some physical gags, were recruited from European circuses.