Saturday, April 18, 2009


Popeye is a 1980 film version of the old Popeye animated cartoons. This is directed by Robert Altman and stars Robin Williams in his first film and Shelley Duvall in the role she was born to play. Ray Walston (who has a Star Trek connection) plays Popeye's pappy, and Paul Dooley (also with a Star Trek connection) plays Wimpy. Richard Libertini is another actor here who was in Star Trek. Swee'Pea is played by Altman's grandson. We really like this movie.

You can see Olive Oyl singing He's Large here:

Here's the scene where they find Swee'Pea:

Roger Ebert calls it "lots of fun". Slant Magazine has a positive review. DVDTalk has a mixed review, calling it "certainly too good-natured a film to actually hate". The New York Times says it
is a thoroughly charming, immensely appealing mess of a movie, often high-spirited and witty, occasionally pretentious and flat, sometimes robustly funny and frequently unintelligible. It is, in short, a very mixed bag.

Moria says,
I must join the chorus of those praising Robert Altman’s Popeye. Popeye is a film that is at times difficult, but eventually holds persistent charm.

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