Robin Williams  Actor Shelley Duvall  Actor Ray Walston  Actor Paul L. Smith  Actor Paul Dooley  Actor


MPAA Rating: PG
Contains:Violence,Adult Language

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UPC: 097360117141

Studio: Paramount

MPAA Rating: PG   Contains:[Violence, Adult Language]

Summary: 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

Category: Adventure

Features: cc Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs
English subtitles
Dolby digital English 5.1 Surround
English Dolby Surround


Format: DVD

Release Date: 06/24/2003

Audio: DD5.1 Dolby Digital 5.1, DS Dolby Surround (4.0)

Runtime: 113 Minutes

Sides: 1

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 --
1. New In Town [10:56]
2. A Room for Rent [7:03]
3. Every Day Is Food [11:26]
4. Engagement Party [7:08]
5. Swee' Pea [6:32]
6. Bluto Is Very Upset [4:43]
7. The Fights [9:51]
8. Ill Gotten Gains [3:06]
9. Kidnapped [10:45]
10. Me Poppa [9:52]
11. Scab Island Rescue [12:24]
12. Treasures From the Water [9:54]

Michael Hastings

Plagued by production troubles and reviled by critics upon its release, director Robert Altman's comic-book fantasy has nonetheless survived -- after years of video rentals and afternoon TV airings -- as a witty alternative to the average, oversimplified Disney pabulum. The casting certainly wasn't a problem: Robin Williams, replete with prosthetic forearms and a squinty left eye, makes for a perfectly mannered Popeye; and spaced-out beanpole Shelley Duvall may very well have been put on this earth to play the spaced-out beanpole Olive Oyl. Altman envisioned the cartoon's town of Sweethaven as a bustling, grungy burg not unlike the frontier town of McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971); but where critics praised McCabe's overlapping dialogue and dark, detailed production design, they found the same techniques completely anachronistic to the ostensibly sunny cartoon world of Popeye and Bluto. Still, there's enough levity in the script to keep things afloat, and the Harry Nilsson/Van Dyke Parks songs are a delight, although their ironic humor may be lost on the very young. Like a Where's Waldo search book, Popeye is indeed cluttered and overstuffed -- but these very qualities keep tykes coming back for repeat viewings, to see or hear something they might have missed the first time. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Robert Altman  Director 
C.O. Erickson  Executive Producer 
Robert Evans  Producer 
Jules Feiffer  Screenwriter 
Harry Nilsson  Composer (Music Score) 
Van Dyke Parks  Composer (Music Score) 
Robin Williams  Actor 
Shelley Duvall  Actor 
Ray Walston  Actor 
Paul L. Smith  Actor 
Paul Dooley  Actor 
Linda Hunt  Actor 
Richard Libertini  Actor 
Donald Moffat  Actor 
MacIntyre Dixon  Actor 
Roberta Maxwell  Actor 
Donovan Scott  Actor 
Allan Nicholls  Actor 
Wesley Ivan Hurt  Actor 
Michael Christensen  Actor 
Ray Cooper  Actor 
Robert Fortier  Actor 
David McCharen  Actor 
Sharon Kinney  Actor 
Peter Bray  Actor 
Geoff Hoyle  Actor 
Wayne Robson  Actor 
Susan Kingsley  Actor 
Noel Parenti  Actor 
Julie Janney  Actor 
Dennis Franz  Actor 
Alan Autry  Actor 
Ned Dowd  Actor 
Hovey Burgess  Actor 
Roberto Messina  Actor 
Pietro Torrisi  Actor 
Margery Bond  Actor 
Paul Zegler  Actor 
David Arkin  Actor 
Van Dyke Parks  Actor 
William Irwin  Actor 
Allison Caine  Actor 
Joe Bristol  Actor 
Klaus Voormann  Actor 

Country: USA