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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
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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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Sometimes a City is Harder to Break Out of Than a Prison. For Popi there was no escape - but maybe his sons could. 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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Followed by Popi (1975) See more »

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Popi
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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Brilliant performance by Alan Arkin
21 August 2000 | by See 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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