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Popeye -- The sailor man travels to Sweethaven, falls in love with Olive Oyl, adopts Sweetpea and makes an enemy with Bluto.


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Jules Feiffer (screenplay)
E.C. Segar (based on characters by)
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Release Date:
12 December 1980 (USA) See more »
Haves a happy holiday wit me an' Olive! See more »
The adventures of the sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A tragically underrated film, Popeye is actually quite brilliant! See more (174 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robin Williams ... Popeye

Shelley Duvall ... Olive Oyl

Ray Walston ... Poopdeck Pappy

Paul Dooley ... Wimpy

Paul L. Smith ... Bluto

Richard Libertini ... Geezil

Donald Moffat ... The Taxman
MacIntyre Dixon ... Cole Oyl

Roberta Maxwell ... Nana Oyl

Donovan Scott ... Castor Oyl
Allan F. Nicholls ... Rough House (as Allan Nicholls)
Wesley Ivan Hurt ... Swee'pea

Bill Irwin ... Ham Gravy - the Old Boyfriend
Robert Fortier ... Bill Barnacle - the Town Drunk
David McCharen ... Harry Hotcash - the Gambler
Sharon Kinney ... Cherry - His Moll
Peter Bray ... Oxblood Oxheart - the Fighter

Linda Hunt ... Mrs. Oxheart - his Mudder
Geoff Hoyle ... Scoop - the Reporter

Wayne Robson ... Chizzelflint - the Pawnbroker
Larry Pisoni ... Chico - the Dishwasher
Carlo Pellegrini ... Swifty - the Cook
Susan Kingsley ... La Verne - the Waitress
Michael Christensen ... Splatz - the Janitor
Ray Cooper ... The Preacher
Noel Parenti ... Slick - the Milkman
Karen McCormick ... Rosie - the Milkmaid
John E. Bristol ... Bear - the Hermit (as John Bristol)

Julie Janney ... Mena Walfleur - a Steinette
Patty Katz ... Mina Walfleur - a Steinette
Diane Shaffer ... Mona Walfleur - a Steinette

Nathalie Blossom ... Blossom Walfleur - a Steinette

Dennis Franz ... Spike - a Tough

Alan Autry ... Slug - a Tough (as Carlos Brown)
Ned Dowd ... Butch - a Tough
Hovey Burgess ... Mort - a Tough
Roberto Messina ... Gozo - a Tough

Pietro Torrisi ... Bolo - a Tough
Margery Bond ... Daisy - a Housewife
Judy Burgess ... Petunia - a Housewife
Saundra MacDonald ... Violet - a Housewife
Eve Knoller ... Min - a Housewife
Peggy Pisoni ... Pickelina - a Housewife
Barbara Zegler ... Daphne - a Housewife

Paul Zegler ... Mayor Stonefeller - the Official
Pamela Burrell ... Mrs. Stonefeller

David Arkin ... The Mailman / Policeman

Klaus Voormann ... Von Schnitzel - the Conductor
Doug Dillard ... Clem - the Banjo Player

Van Dyke Parks ... Hoagy - the Piano Player
Stan Wilson ... Oscar - the Barber
Roberto Dell'Acqua ... The Chimneysweep (as Roberto Dell'Aqua)
Valerie Velardi ... Cindy - the Drudge
Jack Mercer ... Popeye - Animated Prologue (voice)

Directed by
Robert Altman 
Writing credits
Jules Feiffer (screenplay)

E.C. Segar (based on characters by)

Produced by
Scott Bushnell .... associate producer
C.O. Erickson .... executive producer
Robert Evans .... producer
Cinematography by
Giuseppe Rotunno (photography by)
Film Editing by
John W. Holmes 
David A. Simmons  (as David Alan Simmons)
Production Design by
Wolf Kroeger 
Set Decoration by
Jack Stephens 
Costume Design by
Scott Bushnell 
Makeup Department
Gabriella Borzelli .... hairdresser
Maria Teresa Corridoni .... chief hairdresser
Giancarlo Del Brocco .... makeup supervisor
Rita Innocenzi .... assistant hairdresser
Gilberto Provenghi .... assistant makeup artist
Alvaro Rossi .... assistant makeup artist
Aldo Signoretti .... hairdresser
Alfredo Tiberi .... makeup artist
Production Management
Paolo Lucidi .... unit manager
Frederick Muller .... production manager: Europe
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Dahlin .... first assistant director
Victor Tourjansky .... first assistant director
Art Department
Stephen Altman .... property master
Alvaro Belsole .... construction manager
Bert Bowers .... master carpenter
Reg Bream .... assistant art director
Stephen Bream .... draftsman
John Bucklin .... property man
Anthony Maccario .... property man (as Tony Maccario)
Angelo Marta .... sculptor
Gaetano Mirante .... master carpenter
Guglielmo Modestini .... master painter (as Gugliemo Modestini)
Stéphane Reichel .... assistant art director (as Stephane Reichel)
Stéphane Reichel .... construction coordinator (as Stephane Reichel)
Lester Smith .... draftsman
Michael Stroud .... sculptor
Angelo Zaccaria .... sculptor
Sound Department
John Benson .... assistant sound editor
Steven Brimmer .... re-recording engineer (as Steve Brimmer)
Teresa Eckton .... sound effects editor
Michael H. Ford .... sound editor (as Michael Ford)
Sam Gemette .... supervising sound editor
Robert Gravenor .... sound (as Bob Gravenor)
Rodney Holland .... sound effects consultant
Randy Honaker .... location engineer
Roxanne Jones .... assistant sound editor
John A. Larsen .... sound editor (as John Larsen)
Don Merritt .... boom man
Michael Minkler .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Andrew Patterson .... sound effects editor (as Andy Patterson)
Bill Phillips .... sound editor
Karen Rasch .... assistant sound editor
Hal Sanders .... sound editor
Douglas J. Schulman .... recordist (as Doug Shulman)
Sam F. Shaw .... sound editor (as Sam Shaw)
Larry Singer .... loop editor
Edward A. Warschilka .... assistant sound editor (as Edward A. Warschilka Jr.)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Ellis Burman Jr. .... animated artifacts creator: Cosmekinetics (as Ellis Burman)
Steven C. Foster .... technical advisor (as Steve Foster)
Allen Hall .... special effects coordinator
R.J. Hohman .... technical advisor
Robert G. Willard .... special effects assistant (as Robert Willard)
Bob Williams .... animated artifacts creator: Cosmekinetics
James Kagel .... lead sculptor (uncredited)
Roberto Messina .... stunt coordinator
Sergio Mioni .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Reed Altman .... camera assistant
Gianlorenzo Battaglia .... underwater camera operator (as Lorenzo Battaglia)
Luigi Bernardini .... assistant camera
Rodolfo Bramucci .... gaffer (as Rudolfo Bramucci)
Alberto Emidi .... key grip
Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci .... camera operator (as Giovanni Fiore)
Gianmaria Majorana .... assistant camera (as Gian Maria Majorana)
Mauro Marchetti .... assistant camera (as Mauro Merchetti)
Paul Ronald .... unit photographer
Vladimiro Salvatori .... key grip (as Vladimiro Salvatore)
Gianfranco Transunto .... camera operator
Maurizio Zampagni .... camera assistant (as Maurizio Zampagin)
Adolfo Bartoli .... underwater assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Zarb Cousin .... wardrobe mistress
John Hay .... wardrobe supervisor
Kate McDermott .... wardrobe construction
Editorial Department
Raja Gosnell .... additional editor (as Raja R. Gosnell)
Suzanne Hines .... post-production coordinator
Robert Lederman .... assistant editor (as Bob Lederman)
Tony Lombardo .... supervising editor
Paul Rubell .... assistant editor
Jacque Elaine Toberen .... assistant editor (as Jacque Toberen)
Stephen M. Tucker .... assistant editor (as Stephen Tucker)
Eric Whitfield .... assistant editor
Location Management
Robert Eggenweiler .... location manager
Music Department
Harry Nilsson .... songs: Music & Lyrics by
Van Dyke Parks .... arranger: songs
Van Dyke Parks .... conductor: songs
Tom Pierson .... composer: additional score
Dan Wallin .... music re-recording mixer
Leslie Whitfield .... assistant music editor (as Leslie A. Whitfield)
Richard Whitfield .... music editor
Ted Whitfield .... supervising music editor
Bruce Robb .... music engineer (uncredited)
Bruce Robb .... music mixer (uncredited)
Bruce Robb .... music producer (uncredited)
Bob Thompson .... music arranger (uncredited)
John Wallace .... singing voice: Paul Smith (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Bill Turner .... transportation captain
Other crew
Peter Bray .... unit coordinator
Hovey Burgess .... choreographer: circus
Cathy Chazan .... assistant: Mr. Evans
Mickey Chonos .... caterer
Dick Dubuque .... location auditor (as Richard Dubuque)
Tim Engel .... location auditor
Rita Galea .... publicity assistant
Barbara Kalish .... executive assistant: Mr. Evans
Cathy Keller .... publicity assistant
Sharon Kinney .... choreographer: dance
Luca Kouimelis .... script supervisor
David Levy .... unit coordinator
Stephanie Pond-Smith .... assistant: Mr. Evans (as Stephanie Aranas)
James A. Rumsey .... physical therapist (as James A. Rumsey R.P.T.)
Mark Rutenberg .... assistant: Mr. Williams
Patrice Ryan .... title designer (as Patty Ryan)
Rick Sparks .... talent coordinator
Luciano Tartaglia .... assistant accountant
Bridget Terry .... publicist
Lou Wills .... dance style creator: Mr. Williams
Lary Crews .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ed Horwitz .... personal assistant: Robert Altman (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
114 min | UK:97 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

During production, Robert Evans was arrested for trying to buy cocaine.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Bluto climbs his ship to announce curfew, the battery pack for his mic is visibly attached to his back, underneath his long underwear.See more »
Poopdeck Pappy:Stand to, you swab! You're casking shadows on Poopdeck Pappy. Pride of the Pacifiric. And father to the shark. Brother to the piranhaca. Cousin to the killer whale. And uncle to the octupussy.See more »
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Referenced in Punch-Drunk Love (2002)See more »
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103 out of 134 people found the following review useful.
A tragically underrated film, Popeye is actually quite brilliant!, 10 July 1999
Author: Jon Sheedy ( from Del Rio, Texas

I remember when Altman released Popeye and it was slammed by most critics and ignored by the public. It deserves much better than that though!

Fantastic set design, great acting, high production values, strangely off kilter tunes, and just general all around weirdness make Popeye one of my favorites. Brilliantly twisted and twistedly brilliant.

Disagree? Oh well, whatever....."I yam what I yam and I likes what I likes!"

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