5.2/10
26,708
183 user 63 critic

Popeye (1980)

The adventures of the famous sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Jules Feiffer (screenplay), E.C. Segar (based on characters by)
Reviews
Popularity
2,563 ( 327)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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 Robert Fortier ... Bill Barnacle, the Town Drunk
David McCharen David McCharen ... Harry Hotcash, the Gambler
Edit

Storyline

Buff sailor man Popeye arrives in an awkward seaside town called Sweethaven. There he meets Wimpy, a hamburger-loving man; Olive Oyl, the soon-to-be love of his life; and Bluto, a huge, mean pirate who is out to make Sweethaven pay for no good reason. Popeye also discovers his long-lost Pappy in the middle of it all, so with a band of his new friends, Popeye heads off to stop Bluto, and he's got the power of spinach, which Popeye detests, to bust Bluto right in the mush. Watch as Popeye mops the floor with punks in a burger joint, stops a greedy taxman, takes down a champion boxer, and even finds abandoned baby Swee'pea. He's strong to the finish 'cause he eats his spinach. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Haves a happy holiday wit me an' Olive! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Popeye - Der Seemann mit dem harten Schlag See more »

Filming Locations:

Anchor Bay, Malta See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$49,823,057

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$60,000,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Vistasonic

Color:

Color | Black and White (prologue)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This movie, and Mork & Mindy (1978), are the two projects that helped launch Robin Williams' career, yet in stand-up comedy, he constantly jokes about trying to distance himself from both, though he brings both up. See more »

Goofs

When Popeye finds his pappy tied to the chair hanging from the ceiling in Bluto's ship, he takes his pipe out of his mouth before he hugs his pappy. Seconds later, the pipe is back in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Geezil: Fooey! The Commadore. Besides Wimpy, I hate him best.
See more »

Crazy Credits

There is a statement in the closing credits: "Our gratitude to an international crew whose artistry helped to bring Sweethaven and the world of Popeye to life." See more »

Alternate Versions

A recent television version is altered in at least one way. Bluto's song "I'm Mean" is eliminated from the soundtrack as he trashes the Oyls' family home waiting for Olive Oyl. See more »

Connections

Featured in Punch-Drunk Love (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Blow Me Down
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Robin Williams
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I'm Popeye The Sailor Man! I'm Popeye The Say-lor Man! I'm Strong To Dee Finnish ‘Cause I Eat Me Spinach I'm Popeye The Sailor Man!
23 June 2003 | by FilmWizSee all my reviews

Two hours of pure delight! I saw this film on television years ago and it keeps on getting better and better. I have always been a Popeye fan and the cartoons from the thirties are always fun to watch.

While the acting is definitely not the best, it is a cute movie and can be enjoyed whenever it is on TV. A fun movie is fun no matter how many times you see it.

While the film is nothing compared to the wonderful cartoons of the thirties through the fifties, Popeye creates a world like none other. We can relax and have fun with Popeye as he journeys with Ms. Duvall.

A fun movie for all to watch. Recommended especially for the little ones.

MPAA Rating: PG

My Rating: 4 and up

My * Rating: 8.0/10


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 183 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Check Out What's Playing on IMDb Freedive

See what movies and TV series you can watch for free today, and visit IMDb Freedive for even more. Select any poster below to play the movie!

Find more things to watch

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed