January 17th, 2012: Popeye (1980)

Cast and Crew:  Robert Altman (Director); Robert Evans (Producer); Harry Nilsson (Music); Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Paul L. Smith, Ray Walston

What It’s About: A musical backstory of Popeye’s first encounters with Bluto, Olive Oyl, and Swee’Pea.

Why Watch it Today?: The character of Popeye first appeared in the Thimble Theater comic strip on this date in 1929.

Where to Get It: Netflix (rental only), iTunes and Amazon Instant Video, or your local library.

3 comments on “January 17th, 2012: Popeye (1980)

  1. sakara says:

    one of dozens of movies that peter bogdonovich claims to have turned down (along with “the godfather”, “chinatown,” and “the exorcist”)

  2. theelderj says:

    I remember thinking that this was the coolest thing on VHS when I saw it. But, then again, I thought every movie was the coolest thing on VHS–I was in kindergarten.

    But the consequence of seeing this at such an impressionable age, is that I could never quite shake the belief that Robin Williams was a tough guy (only to be confirmed by his character’s claims of bench-pressing ability in “Good Will Hunting”)

    • professormortis says:

      I saw this in a theater, far too young to understand it. I mainly remember the very first scene, and that Robin Williams simply was Popeye to me at that age. Other than that, I remember nothing about this except snippets of it I’ve seen on TV at random points, plus a few clips that were linked to. I am very curious to see what happens if you mix Robert Altman, Robin Williams, Harry Nilsson while making a Popeye Musical.

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