The classic comic strip and cartoon hero comes to life in Robert Altman's film adaptation of the adventures of the spinach-munching sailor. After he's thrown from his ship during a storm, Popeye (Robin Williams) finds refu... more »ge in a quaint seaside town. There he rents a room from the Oyls and meets their daughter Olive (the perfectly cast Shelley Duvall). Olive is engaged to Captain Bluto (Paul Smith), a bully and ruffian who is in charge of collecting taxes for the mysterious Commandant. Popeye, who was orphaned at an early age, is in the midst of a desperate search for his missing father, but what he doesn't realize is that the shipwreck has brought him unexpectedly close to his final destination. In bringing his own distinct vision to E. C. Segar?s legendary hero, Altman creates an atmosphere that is breezy, loose, and filled with slapstick shenanigans. Williams portrays Popeye with a physically comic flair that is both honest and energetic--as do the rest of the cast members, including frequent Altman contributors Duvall, Paul Dooley, and David Arkin. Harry Nilssonss songs add to the lighthearted affair, making POPEYE an enjoyable family viewing experience all around.« less
Tara S. from STATEN ISLAND, NY Reviewed on 2/8/2015...
always loved Robin Williams. He is Amazing in this too!
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Nancy I. (Nimsy) from WISE, NC Reviewed on 5/26/2010...
Before seeing this movie, would you ever have thought it would be possible for humans to re-create Popeye and Olive Oyl? That's part of the fun of this movie, boosted by Robin Williams' zany approach to his role.
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Justin (email@example.com) | Detroit, USA | 10/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I will go mad if I hear one more critic say that Popeye is a mess, or one more person laugh and look at me strange when I bring up this movie. This movie is a work of art. The songs are works of art. Shelley Duvall's Olive Oil is a work of art. The lines Robin Williams mumbles so you have to watch the movie ten times to hear them are a work of art. The set is, the plot is. Did I say the music is? You're going to tell me that Shelley Duval dancing about oddly on the deck singing he needs me, he needs me, isn't just absolutely perfect!? And that whole Fooey, fooey scene! I'm gonna do one of those twist up my arm punches to the next person that says this movie was a travesty for Williams or show boating by Altman or anything else! AUGHHHHH! thanks for listening."
Believe those who reviewed it here, NOT the critics.
Justin (firstname.lastname@example.org) | 09/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I really do not know how this film flopped in the Box Office:Just like every reviewer (not weird critics) who wrote here, I believe this is an extraordinary movie.One of the critics wrote that it is boring? I really really really cannot see if the guy is talking about this movie or another. If you wanna see for yourself just skim the other reviews:This is a movie that has been watched tens and hundreds of times by those who own it. Boring? I do not know of any other movie that can withstand repeated viewing like this one, nor that has been so reported by its most positive reviewers.Our whole family has watched this film for hundreds of times, other reviewers also mention similar numbers.Why?1- The script is unbelievable: Popeye (Williams) is blabbering all the time (as well as other chartacters): Somebody is always saying something, and each time we watch the movie again, we find new jokes, and in good style.We know those who produced the film did not rip-us off. Many movies that made much better at the box office cannot stand to be viewed twice.2- The characters are a real Popeye movie come to life: Every one is the real cartoon come to life, the way you have them stored in your imagination. This is a delight not available in any similar movie.3- Any person seeking to see a Popeye movie is not interested in the issues discussed by the critics... come on guys, are they reviewing Gone With The Wind?This is a perfect Popeye movie; and if that's what you want you will see it at least 10 times... guaranteed.Too bad about the reviews; I even saw an interview with Robin Williams and let me tell you, when this film was mentioned he was really "embarrassed". We love his style and comedy in his other movies but we do not agree with him timid attitude: We believe this is one of his best films."
Where ain't me Swee'Pea on DVD?!
J Adams | San Francisco, CA USA | 05/14/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Quite possibly the most misunderstood movie of the 20th century! Even it's lead actor Robin Williams and director Robert Altman don't speak fondly of this picture. Well, shame on them all! They should be busk right in the mush! This movie hands down, is the very best adaptation of a cartoon to film that has EVER been made. No other movie has EVER been so perfectly cast!! The costume designs by Scott Bushnell are superb! And I could go on and on about the set!! I really felt as if I was transported directly into Sweethaven. I have never seen a film so brilliantly executed. Has an incredible soundtrack and a beautifully written script. It's rather interesting that Altman doesn't like the flick, simply because of the obvious care taken to deliver a product so true and respectful to the original cartoon series. To this day I think there should be a sequel made with the Sea-Hag and the Goons. But nothing seems to account for good taste. Its a shame to think that the film transfer to DVD for this movie will probably be poor considering nobody will invest there time or money into something they believe is a waste. I have loved this movie since I was ten, and I love it just as much 21 years later. Man, has it been that long? I've seen this movie well over thirteen times, and it deserves praise. I am proud to have it in my collection. No movie like it has come since. And I doubt one ever will!"
Months of checking have finally paid off!
moonpieyes2 | Dubuque, IA | 05/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"... This is one of those movies that you have to appreciate for it's simplicity and sometimes almost cheesy scenarios. I can't imagine anyone playing these characters other than the people cast. Robin Williams performance as Popeye is reminiscent of the really old B&W Popeye cartoons where half of the time he's mumbling which adds to the comedy. Even the costumes in this movie are semi-cartoonish which cleverly adds to the cartoon-to-live-action transition while reminding us that the silliness is part of the reason we loved the cartoons and characters as much as we did, and still do.
Bravo to Paramount for finally releasing this on DVD for the people like me who have been searching for this classic since I bought my DVD player. I've been checking on a weekly to monthly basis for a long time now, and am estatic to see my searching has paid off.
If you haven't seen this fantastic movie before, or haven't seen it in years, take the time to rent it one more time so you can see what you'd be gaining by ordering or pre-ordering this today!!"
Robin Williams Makes Popeye A Reality
Mr. Sinister | El Cajon, CA USA | 03/13/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For Robin Williams first movie, he chose the Iconic character of Popeye The Sailor to portray. I rememer the hooflaw surrounding this flick when I was a kid (I was like 10 when this came out) and the success of Mork & Mindy had put Williams in the spotlight. The only problem was that Popeye is not as Iconic a character as the people who made this movie thought. He isn't Superman. He isn't Batman. He isn't Mickey Mouse. Popeye the cartoon character, though classic and kid-pleasing, just wasn't that popular with the chidren and the fact that they made it into a musical probably didn't help much either. Though the film was mildly-successful, it never hit as hard as people expected. The good thing, however, is that Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, Short Cuts) directed, so Popeye as a whole is visually masterful. The actors were perfect for their parts. Shelley Duvall's Olive Oyl is without a doubt one of the best acting casts in history! Bluto comes to life as does Wimpy and Popeye's wayward Pappy (Ray Walston). All in all the shining star is, of course, Williams. Here he proved that he wasn't just a stand-up comedian turned actor, here he proves that he wasn't just a catch-phrase spewing flash-in-the-pan sensation (Na-Nu Na-Nu!). He shows a depth of character and a sense of timing that actually brings the one-eyed Sailor Man to life. Filled with grumbling, clever, obiviously improvised quips, Williams becomes Popeye to an alarming degree.
The story line is simple, Popeye rows into the harbor of Sweethaven looking for his long lost Pappy and is immediately hailed as a stranger and an outcast by the over-the-top weirdos that inhabit the sleepy little seaside villiage. Taxes in Sweethaven have been imposed on everything by the unseen Commodore, using Captain Bluto as his enforcer. The Oyl family is spared these crushing taxes because daughter Olive is getting engaged to the overbearing tyrant Bluto. But Olive despairs and plans to run away on the night of their engagement party. Popeye, who as been renting a room from the Oyls, runs into the departing Olive on the docks. After coming to some kind of understanding that life isn't always what we expected, Olive's wicker carryall is replaced with one contining a clairvoyant baby. As the two return to the scene of the destroyed engagement party, Bluto sees Olive and Popeye and Sweatpea and goes beserk! Cartoon-style fighting ensues.
Overall, the movie will entertain you and your kids. It will probably never be one of your all time favorites, at least I hope not, but it is clever and witty and just fun to watch. Nonsensical in many ways, Popeye let's us forget about being serious for a while and enjoy the simple pleasures of fantasy movie-making.