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A 1980 [[TheMusical Musical]] LiveActionAdaptation starring Creator/RobinWilliams as the eponymous character and directed by Creator/RobertAltman, with a song score by Creator/HarryNilsson and a screenplay by Jules Feiffer.

The plot is an origin story of sorts -- Popeye arrives in the town of Sweetwater searching for his [[LongLostRelative long-lost pappy]] (Ray Walston) and winds up not only caught in a LoveTriangle with Olive Oyl ([[FaerieTaleTheatre Shelley Duvall]]) and Bluto (Paul L. Smith), but also becoming an adoptive father to an abandoned baby he names Swee'Pea...

The movie grossed more than twice its enormous budget in the U.S. alone (it took two studios to mount it -- Paramount and Disney), but received extremely mixed reviews from critics. It was also a TroubledProduction; between that and its inability to live up to Paramount's high expectations, Robin Williams came to see it as something of an OldShame and it derailed Altman's mainstream directorial career for well over a decade. It hasn't yet been outright VindicatedByHistory, but it does have its admirers.

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!!The ''Popeye'' movie provides examples of:

* AdultFear: One minute, Popeye and his adopted kid are being congratulated by the entire town for getting rid of the hated tax collector. And suddenly, he realizes that somewhere in the crowd, ''Swee'Pea disappeared''.
* AllThatGlitters: The treasure that everyone is hunting in the final act turns out to be Pappy's mementos, making for a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming when he shows the items to Swee'Pea.
* AmbiguouslyJewish: The entire town of Sweethaven. (You can remove the "Ambiguous" from Geezil.)
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Castor to Olive. This is a complete turn-around from the original ''Thimble Theater'' comic, where it was ''Olive'' who was the AnnoyingYoungerSibling to ''Castor.''
* ArrangedMarriage: Between Olive and Bluto, initially.
* AuteurLicense: Robert Altman, best-known at the time for iconoclastic comedies and dramas like ''Film/{{MASH}}'' and ''Film/{{Nashville}}'', getting the reins to a family musical is a perfect example of this. Because the film wasn't as profitable as hoped and reviews were so mixed, he immediately lost it and while he did a lot of film and [=TV=] work over the rest of TheEighties, none of it got mainstream attention until 1992's ''Film/ThePlayer'', which triggered a CareerResurrection.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Swee'pea! Finding and taking care of him brings Popeye and Olive Oyl closer together.
* BigEater: Wimpy.
* BriarPatching: An unintentional example, as Popeye doesn't even ''know'' that spinach will make him strong until Bluto forces it on him out of cruelty.
* BrokenRecord: Cole Oyl when demanding an apology.
* CardCarryingVillain: Bluto. He even gets a whole song about how mean he is as he smashes up the Oyls' residence.
* CatchPhrase:
** "[[IAmWhatIAm I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam!]]" Even turned into a song.
** Wimpy gets to say a few of his famous {{Catch Phrase}}s over the course of the movie, such as "I'm buying, he's paying" and of course the classic "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
** Geezil never misses an opportunity to tell Wimpy that he hates him -- or tell other people that he hates Wimpy.
** Cole Oyl is very prone to tell people that they owe him an apology.
** "You're not thinking of doing [random activity], are you? Because there's a xx cent [same random activity] tax."
* ClusterFBomb: Pappy delivers a "Cluster 'H.A.' during the climactic rescue mission.
* CompositeCharacter: Swee'pea, who has taken on the "fortune-telling" traits of Eugene the Jeep (who was originally going to be in the movie; see WhatCouldHaveBeen on the Trivia page).
* ContinuityNod: A lot of them. While the movie was criticized for not being very faithful to the original cartoons, it actually has a lot in common with the original ''Thimble Theater'' comic.
* CutSong: "Din' We" didn't make it into the final film, though it did make it onto the soundtrack album. "I'm Mean" and "Kids" are missing from European cuts (likely because they contain swear words and Disney, which had only started releasing PG movies the previous year, handled the European release).
* DamnedByFaintPraise: Bluto in "He's Large".
* DamselInDistress: Olive Oyl in the final stretch.
* DefrostingTheIceQueen: Olive is rather snooty at the beginning of the film -- especially towards Popeye.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Pressed to find good things to say about Bluto, Olive keeps coming back to "he's large" while singing "He's Large"!
--> "He's tall... good lookin'... and he's large... he's large... ''[[RuleOfThree large]]''... tall... [[OverlyLongGag large]]..."
* DinerBrawl: Popeye first springs into action at the aptly named Rough House. (As the gang taunts him in the leadup to the brawl, note that the workers are setting up gates/barracades, suggesting that this trope is a common occurance there!)
* DoesNotLikeSpam: Popeye does not like ''spinach''. No, really! (Not until the very last scene, anyway.) Not as farfetched as it sounds: When the character first debuted, ''way'' [[LongRunner back in 1919]] in ''Thimble Theater'', he found out about spinach the same way.
* DrivenToSuicide: Popeye over losing Swee'Pea, in a scene that was cut because it was considered too dark.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Oxblood Oxheart very clearly loves his mother.
* EvilDebtCollector: The Tax Man will come up with all sorts of frivolous charges to get arbitrary amounts of tax.
* FollowTheLeader: Paramount Pictures wasn't able to get the film rights to ''Theatre/{{Annie}}'', an extremely popular musical adapted from a comic strip -- so a comic strip/cartoon character they ''did'' own the movie rights to had a musical built around him instead.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: All over the place. From the first scenes we see all the extra background characters and main characters doing ''something'' at any given moment throughout, such as the hairy, bearded hobo who is seen taking a random swim in one scene, and Popeye ripping off the helm of the commodore's boat trying to steer it.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The "house of ill re-pukes" that Wimpy takes Swee'pea to in order to bet on horses is not only a place of gambling but clearly also a brothel. It's never directly ''stated'', but the following dialogue as Popeye and the Oyls enter the place make very little room for doubt:
-->'''Popeye:''' What is this, a house of ill re-pukes? Ooh, who'd bring me infink to this den o' immoraliky? ''(to Olive)'' Don't touch nothin', you might get a venerable disease.\\
'''Lady of "ill re-pukes":''' Oooh, is that a bed pole you got in your pocket, handsome?
** The entire reason Bluto goes sideways on seeing Popeye, Olive, and Swee'pea together is that he thinks that she had sex with Popeye and produced a child with him!
* HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood: It's clear from Popeye's stories from his childhood that his pap was ''not'' a good father, even before he abandoned him. It's all PlayedForLaughs, since Popeye seems to either be in denial or trying to make excuses for his father.
-->"One thing I remember about me pap was that he always used to throw me up in the air. Yeah, heh heh... but he'd never be there when I come down, you know. Heh heh heh. Boy, he had a sensek'a humor, didn't he? Yeah, that was me pap. I remember the time he gave me a electric eel as a toy. Hah hah hah -- ''eep!'' Hah, yeah, that was fun. Or, or he'd rock me cradle real, real, real hard and I'd lose me formula. And then he'd say 'One day, you'll be a sailor.' Heh heh heh, that's... that's what I yam today, yeah. Hm. Yeah. Sometimes he'd bounce me on his knee. Heh heh, most o' the time he'd miss, though, 'cos he couldn't see too well with one eye.... heh heh heh, oh, me pap, yeah..."
* IAmSong: Along with "I'm Popeye the Sailor Man", which serves as the film's finale, Popeye gets "I Yam What I Yam".
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Poopdeck Pappy comes across as a genuine {{Jerkass}} at first, but towards the end proves to have had a heart all along.
* JustForPun: "A place of ill re-puke!"
* LiteralMetaphor: "Look at Bluto! He's gone yellow!"
* LogoJoke: As the {{Retraux}} opening recreates the opening credits of the Fleischer Bros.-era Popeye cartoons Paramount distributed (see below), the 1930s-era Paramount logo used for those substitutes for the then-current one.
* MadMagazine: Parodied this as "Flopeye". (See the YMMV page for details.)
* MickeyMousing: All the fighting is choreographed like elaborate dance sequences, just like one of the old Popeye shorts where he'd line 'em up and knock 'em down.
* MythologyGag:
** At Olive and Bluto's engagement party a man can be heard complaining about Olive getting married. This man is Ham Gravy, who was Olive's fiance in the original ''Thimble Theater'' comic strip before he was PutOnABus and Popeye took his place.
** Swee'pea's introduction in the movie is a big ShoutOut to the way he was introduced in the comic strip. [[note]]In the comic, he arrives in a package addressed to Popeye, and the package makes so many strange sounds that Popeye and Wimpy think it must contain a dangerous animal and are about to kill it when they discover that the package contains a baby. In the movie, Popeye picks up a basket which he mistakes for Olive's, and Olive hears the baby's rattle and is convinced that there's a rattlesnake in the basket, and Popeye opens the basket to deal with the dangerous creature before he discovers it's a baby.[[/note]]
** When Rough House asks who's going pay for the burger Wimpy replies "I'm buying, he's paying." This was one of his {{Catch Phrase}}s in the original comic strip.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Only ''Bluto'' could be so stupid as to force Popeye to eat his spinach, and get the mega-knuckle sandwich he so deserves because of that.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Castor Oyl vs. Oxblood Oxheart ([[RedBaron "The Dirtiest Fighter Alive"]]).
* NotSoDifferent / LikeFatherLikeSon: Both Popeye and Pappy have empty picture frames with "Me Pappy" and "Me Son", respectively, scribbled where a picture should be.
* NumberOneDime: One of Bluto's motivations for villainy (other than "I'm mean, if you know what I mean") is getting his hands on Poopdeck Pappy's treasure. When the treasure is finally revealed, it turns out to be things like pictures of Popeye (Pappy's son) as an "infink", Popeye's baby rattle, his baby booties, and other sentimental mementos of Popeye's childhood.
* OriginStory: As with many movies that have launched superhero franchises, this is a tale of how Popeye gets started.
* PapaWolf: Popeye to Swee'pea.
* ParentalBonus: The town drunk is named Barnacle Bill, a reference to a BawdySong from the early 20th century. "Beware of Barnacle Bill" was even the name of an early Popeye cartoon, which contains a cleaned-up version of the song (and with Bluto in the role of Barnacle Bill). [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3cTmhG2x58w Behold!]]
* PopStarComposer: All of the songs, save the cartoon's theme song "I'm Popeye The Sailor Man", are written by Music/HarryNilsson.
* PrecisionFStrike: There's a precision ''D'' strike in "I'm Mean". Popeye also jumps off a ship shouting "Oh, shee-yit!" near the end.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When Bluto sees Olive with Popeye ''and'' the newly found Swee'Pea when she arrives late for their engagement party, he gets the wrong idea and his eyes glow red with anger, complete with a POV shot. See below.
* {{Retraux}}: The opening credits start with a hand-drawn throwback to the original MaxAndDaveFleischer Popeye cartoons made during TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, albeit with the animation being outsourced to Creator/HannaBarbera (which was making new Popeye cartoons for [=TV=] at the time). The town of Sweethaven, for that matter, is a veritable AnachronismStew of driftwood buildings and {{Retraux}} artifacts.
* SettingIntroductionSong: "Sweethaven -- An Anthem".
* SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay: When Popeye is trying to prove to Pappy that he's his son, Pappy tells him there's only one way he can be convinced. "Eat the spinach." Once Popeye refuses to eat it, whining like a baby, Pappy is convinced that he's his son.
* SoundEffectBleep: Pappy, during "Kids".
* SpeechImpediment: Another thing Popeye's got... is a [[FunetikAksent senske of humiligration]].
* StrangeSalute: While the Sweethaven civic (?) anthem plays before the boxing match, the townspeople hold their hands over their heads.
* StylisticSuck: Bluto's red eyes POV shot is just Popeye, Olive and Swee'Pea dressed in red in front of a red background. A similar VisualPun comes at the end of the movie when Bluto "turns yellow" -- i.e. he's dressed in yellow as he swims away.
* SuperMode: Popeye finally transforms into his famous Spinach Mode at the end after being force fed spinach by Bluto. However, you only get to see his enlarged arms uppercutting Bluto from underwater.
* VillainSong: Bluto has "I'm Mean" and his part of "It's Not Easy Being Me".
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