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  • 1980
  • US
  • 97 min
  • U
  • Directed by: Robert Altman
  • Cast: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston

Popeye arrives in a new town, adopts a baby he finds and falls for Olive Oyl. His adventures include finding the secret of spinach and the commadore, as well as defeating the evil Bluto.

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Mavericks Robert Altman and Robin Williams teamed up to bring E.C. Segar’s muscle-bound sailor man to the screen in this Disney epic. It’s an oddball joy, respectful to its idiosyncratic source, wallowing in Altman’s brand of cockeyed community spirit. Weirdos bounce around a dysfunctional, knockabout world. Forget the animated cartoons, this channels the punchy, depression-era humour of the brilliant original. Harry Nillson provides the quirky songs, Williams is a cartoon made flesh, and Shelley Duvall was clearly born to be his Olive Oyl.
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