Tuesday, August 15, 2006

POPEYE
the movie
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For just once a movie instead of an album.
Running Time: 113 minutes
Starring: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall
Screenplay by: Harry Nilsson Music
Based on the comic strip by: E.C. Segar
Directed by: Robert Altman
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The movie is not great, but "Popeye" probably isn't as bad as you have heard or remember it. The film is pretty loose in its design, and in some respects, it was probably meant to be that way since it sets up the whole Popeye character and how all these people come together in his life. I don't think audiences responded to the movie so well because it stays remarkably true to the original strip, something which many should appreciate and admire. It's a shame that was the film's downfall, though I bet many out there (the film does have plenty of fans believe it or not) give it the respect it deserves. But I bet the strip's more obscure characters and issues left audiences feeling alienated - keep in mind that this isn't a modern retelling or reimaging of who Popeye is or what he stands for. The film just wasn't - and still isn't - what people were expecting. The reason why I put it here? Harry Nilsson wrote the music and lyrics.
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Also take a look at http://www.popeyemalta.com/

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