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Popeye (1980)

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


Robert Altman


Jules Feiffer (screenplay), E.C. Segar (based on characters by)
2,205 ( 616)

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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


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>

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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 »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Color | Black and White (prologue)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The town drunk is named Barnacle Bill, after a 19th century drinking song "Barnacle Bill the Sailor". There was a Popeye cartoon named Beware of Barnacle Bill (1935). See more »


When Bluto is beating up Popeye and making threats of how taxed the Oyls were going to be, Bluto's mouth is not moving at all. See more »


Nana Oyl: Oh, Mr. Eye, have you met...
Popeye: Popeye.
Nana Oyl: Um, Pop. Mr. Wimpy, my son Castor, Mr. Geezil, my husband Cole. We're all one big happy family here. Although, not really. I mean, um, well, Mr., Mr. Geezil and Mr. Wimpy are...
Cole Oyl: Me, I'm family!
Nana Oyl: Well, you're my husband!
Cole Oyl: You owe me an apology.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits scroll over a scene of Bluto swimming across the ocean. 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 »


Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Jack (2012) See more »


He Needs Me
Music and Lyrics by Harry Nilsson
Performed by Shelley Duvall
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Strange but true.
5 October 1999 | by andy-227See all my reviews

Curiously, as opposed to many other views, I came to know the "Popeye" cartoons through this movie! I remember watching it when I was a little kid, and loving it. Now, many years later, I watched it again, and I realized what a weird movie it was. It makes sense because of it's satirical attitude towards talking about everyday life and the people in the world today. But by itself, it's very incoherent and difficult to understand. People hated it, but my Dad and I found something a little bit deeper in it. I never understood why they sang a song about food. When I watched it with my Dad though, we discussed it a little further, and it finally made sense and had a profound message. "Everything is food"? Well, yes. That's life. The circle of life revolves around survival with food. Life is food, when you think deeply enough about it. It's strange, and it's made all the stranger the way it's presented in the film. But it's very true! "Popeye" takes place in the bizarre world of Seahaven, but it's really about our own world and it thinks deeply about many things that we the everyday people take for granted. When I understood that, I started to love it all over again. I was somewhat disappointed with the ending. It seemed hurried, and there wasn't a real closing statement. Since "Popeye" talked so much about the world we live in and the people who live in it, I felt there should have been something more. I liked "Popeye", but beware, it's weird and not for all tastes. You have to watch it a few times and dig a little deeper with each viewing to get the full benefit of the film.

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