USA 1980. Dir: Robert Altman. 114 min. DCP

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“I yam what I yam!” Popeye’s warts-and-all catchphrase could easily apply to this totally bonkers, obsessively watchable, live-action adaptation of E. C. Segar’s spinach-pushing comic strip, directed by the great American auteur Robert Altman. A baffling mix of Max Fleischer-nodding cartoon slapstick, undiluted Altmanisms — overlapping, semi-improvised dialogue; high-wire juggling of a ragtag ensemble — and music by mercurial ‘70s songwriter Harry Nilsson, Popeye was, at the time of its release, far too peculiar a studio film to connect with either audiences or critics. (Though it had its outlying defenders, Roger Ebert chief among them.) Today it can be appreciated as the misfit, amusement-park movie that it is, anchored (heh) by Robin Williams as the clam-eyed, veggie-fuelled Sailor Man, and Shelley Duvall, pitch perfect, as the radiant, angular Olive Oyl. This is Altman for kids! “A wacky masterpiece, the like of which you've never seen before” (Geoff Andrews, Time Out).




"[Altman] takes one of the most artificial and limiting of art forms — the comic strip — and raises it to the level of high comedy and high spirits ... Popeye, then, is lots of fun."

Roger Ebert | full review

"An amazing movie that just improves with age ... It’s Robin Williams’s best film, hands down. Nothing else even comes close."

Vanity Fair | full review

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