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Popi (1969)

Abraham is a Puerto Rican single parent with two boys. He is becoming very worried about them living in their run down neighborhood when one day he notices that Cubans who escape are ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
... Abraham
... Lupe
... Luis (as Ruben Figueroa)
Miguel Alejandro ... Junior
Arny Freeman ... Diaz
Joan Tompkins ... Miss Musto
... Pickett
... Penebaz
... Mrs. Cruz
Victor Junquera ... Man From Novitas
Arnold Soboloff ... Dr. Perle (as Arnold Sobolof)
Barbara Dana ... Receptionist


Abraham is a Puerto Rican single parent with two boys. He is becoming very worried about them living in their run down neighborhood when one day he notices that Cubans who escape are lionized and given exceptional benefits. He thinks up a plot to have his sons washed ashore as cuban immigrants who will be adopted by rich anglos. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Popi had a dream and the only way he could make it come true was to put his two boys in a rowboat and set them adrift in the ocean. See more »


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22 October 1969 (France)  »

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Abraham: You know, when you're not working, it's terrible. And when you're working? It's terrible.
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Referenced in Alan Arkin: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2015) See more »


Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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A fantasy in squalor
14 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

Alan Arkin plays a Puerto Rican widower in New York's Spanish Harlem who works several different jobs to provide for himself and his two pre-teen boys; Rita Moreno is a tootsie who comes around once in a while for a roll in the sack (to show us that Popi is a man with needs--why else is she there?). Character piece, written by Tina and Lester Pine, is an undemanding showcase for Arkin's talents; he's likable and convincing with the kids, but in most scenes is forced to overplay like a madman, not just shouting but ranting cartoonishly. It's to Arkin's credit that he never comes off as a clown--he's even tolerable talking directly to the camera--yet Arthur Hiller's direction is of very little help. The film has interesting slum-neighborhood atmosphere and details, but Hiller isn't concerned with realism, and never gets his hands dirty. Take for example the opening credits sequence, which has the two boys leaping and playing in slow-motion in a cemetery just after visiting their mother's grave. Fittingly, the basis for a later TV sitcom. ** from ****

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