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"The sailor man with the spinach can!"
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Popeye was a risk taking movie in 1980. It turned the very popular Popeye comic strip from E. C. Segar into a musical film. This came from the mind of Robert Altman, but it came to life because of Robin Williams and Shelly Duvall playing the lead characters so well. Each played Popeye and his girl Olive Oyl respectively in the motion picture.

Popeye is the story of a sailor man who loves his spinach. He finds himself a stranger in the harbor town of Sweethaven, where he has rowed by dingy to shore. Most of Sweethaven's residents find him suspicious, but luckily this is untrue of the Oyl family. They offer Popeye a place to stay, and while at the Oyl family boarding house, Popeye falls in love. The girl who won his heart is the Oyl's daughter, Olive.

Unfortunately Olive Oyl is already promised to marry a big brute of a man named Captain Bluto. This causes Popeye and Bluto to immediately become enemies. Their dislike brings them to blows and continuous competition for the love of Olive Oyl. Popeye is frustrated by not only this, but other concerns, such as finding his missing father.

Popeye is a film with many layers, but perhaps the strongest message throughout the film tells us about the value of true friendship. Popeye has two main friends, Wimpy and little Swee'Pea. Neither one is as strong as Popeye, yet their loyalty to their sailor friend is there through anything. Which is why, the kidnapping of Swee'Pea by Bluto sets Popeye off, and it is his turn to teach some lessons to the Captain about sailors and their love of spinach.

The movie Popeye has anything and everything to offer the audience. It is as classic today, as it was decades ago when released. Anyone who has not seen it, be sure to put it on your honey do list, pack your sailor bags, and your sea legs.

| 1980 | 1 hr 54 min | 5.3/10 | 64/100
Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall, Ray Walston, Paul Dooley
Robert Altman
Produced By
Robert Evans

Also starring Shelley Duvall

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