Popeye Poster

Release Date: 1980

DVD Release Date: June 24th, 2003

PG|1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary
Looking for the father (Ray Walston) who deserted him as a baby, a sailor named Popeye (Robin Williams) journeys to the port town of Sweethaven. Popeye befriends an assortment of eccentrics and falls in love with Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall), who already has a suitor, the bully Bluto (Paul L. Smith). Popeye also discovers an abandoned baby, Swee'Pea, whom he raises as his own. But when the spurned Bluto kidnaps Olive and the child, Popeye takes action, with the help of his magic spinach.

Cast: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Paul L. Smith, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley, Richard Libertini, Roberta Maxwell, Donald Moffat

Director: Robert Altman

Genres: Comedy, Family

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures

Keywords: Love triangle, Girlfriend, Love, Rescue, Quest, Offbeat, Amusing, Father

Ratings & Reviews

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  • Altman directs the complex web of social interactions with a frame that’s both inclusive and prying. And the actors he collected and dropped in Malta’s simulated community help evoke an atmosphere that is genial yet guarded. Shelly Duvall couldn’t possibly have played Olive Oyl badly. show more

  • 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. show more

  • A charming, adult-oriented saga of the famous cartoon character that comes alive only when Popeye finds his baby, Swee'pea. [19 Dec 1980, p.10]

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