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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 »


Arthur Hiller
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Alan Arkin ... Abraham
Rita Moreno ... Lupe
Reuben Figueroa ... Luis (as Ruben Figueroa)
Miguel Alejandro Miguel Alejandro ... Junior
Arny Freeman Arny Freeman ... Diaz
Joan Tompkins ... Miss Musto
Anthony Holland ... Pickett
Louis Zorich ... Penebaz
Antonia Rey ... Mrs. Cruz
Victor Junquera Victor Junquera ... Man From Novitas
Arnold Soboloff Arnold Soboloff ... Dr. Perle (as Arnold Sobolof)
Barbara Dana 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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"You want these kids? I give them to you. I sigh the paper. Good kids, wonderful boys. I'm not kidding. I give them to you. I mean it. You don't take them, I put them in a rowboat all alone in the ocean." See more »


Comedy | Drama


G | See all certifications »

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The receptionist in the hospital was Alan Arkin's then wife, Barbara Dana. See more »


Although both Puerto Ricans and Cubans speak Spanish, the accents are different and anyone who speaks either would be able to notice the accents of the boys. See more »


Abraham: You know, when you're not working, it's terrible. And when you're working? It's terrible.
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Followed by Popi (1975) See more »


Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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Brilliant performance by Alan Arkin
21 August 2000 | by Mark in the DarkSee all my reviews

This is my favorite acting performance of the always underrated Alan Arkin. He plays a widowed father of two young boys in Spanish Harlem who works numerous jobs and will do anything - ANYTHING - to provide a better life for his two young boys. There is no job he will not take and no sacrifice he will not make for his boys. The method Arkin finally decides to take is controversial. How? Let's just say that during the whole Elian Gonzalez saga, quite a few references were made to this movie. (PLEASE don't let that comparison turn you off to this movie - I cringed at those comparisons as well at first until I realized that yes, the comparisons had a valid point.) This movie is very much a drama, but Arkin, in his magical way, manages to not detract from the drama while injecting his own brand of physical comedy as well as his patented panicking dialogue (such as in the hospital scene.) The two young boys, who lived in Spanish Harlem when they were selected to act in this movie, are very good as well.

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Release Date:

22 October 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Leben um jeden Preis See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami Beach, Florida, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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