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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: Family, Comedy

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney Pictures

Ratings & Reviews

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  • The film's real star is its magnificent set (filmed and constructed in Malta), though Williams manages to screw up his face and eye in a credible imitation of the drawings, and Duvall is perfect as the gangly Olive Oyl. show more

  • One of the major problems facing Hollywood today is the lack of will and energy to make movies that can charm youngsters without boring their parents. Popeye is an important contribution toward the solution. It's not a sophisticated film. But it's a gratifyingly engaging one. [12 Dec 1980, p.1]

  • 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

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