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Popeye Details


Based on the long-running comic strip created by E.C. Segar (and less on the animated cartoons created by Max Fleischer, which were decidedly different in tone and approach), Popeye follows the sailor man with the mighty arms (played by Robin Williams in his first major film role) as he arrives in the seaside community of Sweethaven in search of his long-lost father. Popeye meets and quickly falls for the slender Olive Oyl (Shelley Duvall, in the role she was born to play), but Olive's hand has already been promised to the hulking Bluto (Paul Smith), of whom Olive can say little except, well, he's large. Eventually, Popeye and Olive are brought together by Swee' Pea (Wesley Ivan Hurt), an adorable foundling, and Popeye finally meets his dad, Poopdeck Pappy (Ray Walston). Director Robert Altman in no way tempered his trademark style for this big-budget family opus, crowding the screen with a variety of characters and allowing his cast to overlap as much dialogue as they want. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 12, 1980


Robin Williams
as Popeye
Shelley Duvall
as Olive Oyl
Ray Walston
as Poopdeck Pappy
Paul L. Smith
as Bluto
Paul Dooley
as Wimpy
Richard Libertini
as Geezil
Linda Hunt
as Mrs. Oxheart
Donald Moffat
as Taxman
MacIntyre Dixon
as Cole Oyl
Roberta Maxwell
as Nana Oyl
Donovan Scott
as Castor Oyl
Allan Nicholls
as Rough House
Noel Parenti
as Slick
Pietro Torrisi
as Bolo
Robert Fortier
as Bill Barnacle, town drunk
Sharon Kinney
as Cherry, His Moll
Paul Zegler
as Mayor Stonefeller
Margery Bond
as Daisy
David Arkin
as The Mailman/Policeman
Alan Autry
as Slug
Joe Bristol
as Bear
Hovey Burgess
as Mort
Julie Janney
as Mena
Wayne Robson
as Chizzelflint
Klaus Voormann
as Von Schnitzel
Ned Dowd
as Butch
Roberto Messina
as Gozo
Van Dyke Parks
as Hoagy
Dennis Franz
as Spike
Geoff Hoyle
as Scoop
Allison Caine
Peter Bray
as Oxblood Oxheart, the Fighter
William Irwin
as Ham Gravy
Ray Cooper
as Preacher
David McCharen
as Harry Hotcash, gambler


Robert Altman
Robert Evans
Jules Feiffer
Giuseppe Rotunno
Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson
Composer (Music Score)
Van Dyke Parks
Composer (Music Score)
Tony Lombardo
Raja Gosnell
Wolf Kroeger
Production Designer
Scott Bushnell
Associate Producer
C.O. Erickson
Executive Producer
Scott Bushnell
Costume Designer
Robert Gravenor
Sound/Sound Designer
Sharon Kinney
Hovey Burgess