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(When On Earth)   Remember the village of Sweethaven from the 1980 'Popeye' movie? Of course you don't, but it still exists to this day as a tourist attraction in a remote corner of Malta   (whenonearth.net) divider line 87
    More: Cool, Popeye, Malta, real-life, Sweethaven, super strength, small island developing states, villages  
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2014-04-25 06:56:11 AM  
That would make my list of top 10 worst movies of all time.
 
2014-04-25 07:47:36 AM  
I don't think that's salt on the salt-encrusted wharves. It's probably the cocaine left behind after the filming was over.
 
2014-04-25 08:40:32 AM  
"Musta been usin' lubricants"
 
2014-04-25 08:42:10 AM  
I do, actually.
 
2014-04-25 08:42:18 AM  
"Remote"? Malta is the size of the SF Bay Area. There's no remote...

/my grandfather is from Malta
 
2014-04-25 08:44:36 AM  
Sweet, Sweethaven
God must love us
 
2014-04-25 08:45:53 AM  
Having vacationed in Malta in teh past, I have to say that the Maltese people are the rudest motherfarkers in all of Western Europe.

/Worse than Italians, French, Scots, English & Monegasque.
 
2014-04-25 08:46:07 AM  

sgleason818: Sweet, Sweethaven
God must love us


We, the people
Of Sweethaven
 
2014-04-25 08:46:54 AM  
I saw the movie as a little kid and I honest to God remember that it made me sad for the people who were in it.
 
2014-04-25 08:48:08 AM  

borg: "Remote"? Malta is the size of the SF Bay Area. There's no remote...

/my grandfather is from Malta


Is English your second language?
 
2014-04-25 08:49:04 AM  
Ummm...  I liked the movie. I can't be the only one, can I?

/I watched it again about three months ago.
 
2014-04-25 08:49:06 AM  
Robin Williams did a lot of drugs back then.

As did the people who green lighted that movie.
 
2014-04-25 08:50:10 AM  
You owe me an apology.
 
2014-04-25 08:52:17 AM  
It's on my list of "Great Movies Shot in Malta" which includes Popeye and that Joe Don Baker one. It's near the bottom of the list under the heading: "These Movies were shot in Malta but were not Great"

If you're going to have Robin Williams as Popeye walking around muttering, try to get a decent recording of what he's muttering.
 
2014-04-25 08:52:41 AM  
Didn't hate the movie or anything, but that the village is still there, and now used as a tourist attraction, is pretty cool. Wouldn't mind visiting it if I'm ever out that way.
 
2014-04-25 08:52:53 AM  
$5 Fark thread comment tax...
 
2014-04-25 08:53:29 AM  

AngryTeacher: Ummm...  I liked the movie. I can't be the only one, can I?

/I watched it again about three months ago.


I'm with you

/and he's large...
 
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2014-04-25 08:55:57 AM  

AngryTeacher: Ummm...  I liked the movie. I can't be the only one, can I?

/I watched it again about three months ago.


You are not alone! Then again I like Howard the Duck too and I'm told that is a Bad Thing™.

Rewatched Popeye and One Hour Photo about a year ago. Was a fun combo.
 
2014-04-25 08:57:15 AM  
That is pretty cool.
 
2014-04-25 08:59:26 AM  
I have a soft spot for that Popeyes movie.  While not a great or even good movie, I thought Williams' portrayal of Popeye and Shelley Duvall's Olive we're fantastic and uncanny.   I think it's one of his best performances.
 
2014-04-25 08:59:35 AM  

LZeitgeist: $5 Fark thread comment tax...


hahahahahah

I was just watching this movie the other day. Don't care what critics say/said, it's an absolute favorite of mine and I'd love to go to this attraction.  If I ever get to Malta :)
 
2014-04-25 09:01:05 AM  

pottie: AngryTeacher: Ummm...  I liked the movie. I can't be the only one, can I?

/I watched it again about three months ago.

I'm with you

/and he's large...


I've always loved that movie, and it's one of the few from my childhood that I still enjoy as an adult.

Everything is food, food, food...
 
2014-04-25 09:03:53 AM  

dajoro: Shelley Duvall's Olive


Mmmmmmm
 
2014-04-25 09:08:05 AM  

AngryTeacher: Ummm...  I liked the movie. I can't be the only one, can I?

/I watched it again about three months ago.


You're not alone, I enjoyed it, too.  (My dad fell asleep in the theater, but you can't please everyone.)

I think part of the reason it did so poorly at the box office was that no one these days remembers the old "Thimble Theater" comic strips that Popeye had his origins in.  The movie was uncannily faithful to the look and feel of those old strips, which probably confused the heck out of the audience.
 
2014-04-25 09:08:51 AM  
For a tourist attraction...that place looks eerily empty.
 
2014-04-25 09:11:11 AM  
What kind of a name is Olive Oyl?  Sounds like some kind of lubricants.
 
2014-04-25 09:12:10 AM  

pottie: AngryTeacher: Ummm...  I liked the movie. I can't be the only one, can I?

/I watched it again about three months ago.

I'm with you

/and he's large...


pottie: AngryTeacher: Ummm...  I liked the movie. I can't be the only one, can I?

/I watched it again about three months ago.

I'm with you

/and he's large...


Loopy, goofy, hard to follow sometimes, but still one of my favorite movies.

/I may not be a physikist, but I knows what mattersk
 
2014-04-25 09:12:56 AM  

pottie: AngryTeacher: Ummm...  I liked the movie. I can't be the only one, can I?

/I watched it again about three months ago.

I'm with you

/and he's large...


If you paid money to see it, you have a right to be pissed.

Otherwise, Altman tried to create a cartoon world in real life, and I thought he succeeded.

Robin Williams was the go-to person to do Popeye at the time, and Shelly Duvall was a decent Olive Oyl.
 
2014-04-25 09:14:18 AM  

Mouser: The movie was uncannily faithful to the look and feel of those old strips, which probably confused the heck out of the audience.


Or just watch the old 20s-30s cartoons. The movie nailed it.
 
2014-04-25 09:24:32 AM  

AngryTeacher: Ummm...  I liked the movie. I can't be the only one, can I?

/I watched it again about three months ago.


I liked it, and Shelly Duvall was pretty much born to play Olive Oyl.
 
2014-04-25 09:31:24 AM  

sgleason818: Sweet, Sweethaven
God must love us


that song is now in my head. thanks!
 
2014-04-25 09:32:30 AM  
But do they have any room for renk?
 
2014-04-25 09:34:34 AM  

ColSanders: But do they have any room for renk?


For what...?
 
2014-04-25 09:34:47 AM  
I liked the movie. If i had any inkling of gonig to Malta, i'd make this a destination.

Of course, i'd have to learn the languages, especially the pronunskiation.
 
2014-04-25 09:37:14 AM  
Popeye was a great movie and had some of the best musical numbers of all time.

It still holds up 30 years later.  Show your kids, they will love it.
 
2014-04-25 09:55:34 AM  
This one wasn't that bad
Bad Movie: 'Tank Girl'
 
2014-04-25 09:56:13 AM  
"This is a smorgasbord of violence"...one of the great lines from that craptacular flick.
 
2014-04-25 09:57:33 AM  
Where are the falcons?
 
2014-04-25 09:57:55 AM  

LZeitgeist: ColSanders: But do they have any room for renk?

For what...?


RENK! RENK! A room for renk!
 
2014-04-25 09:58:00 AM  
I loved this movie as a kid and I'll still watch it today. Sadly you can't watch the original theatrical version (they cut out Popeye saying, "Oh shiiiat!" when rammed by Bluto's boat), but that's just a minor detail. The version I grew up on was the televised version that had cut out the song "I'm Mean" again, because of the swearing.
 
2014-04-25 10:00:28 AM  

mikemoto: That would make my list of top 10 worst movies of all time.


perhaps i'm remembering it thru the rose-colored glasses of a 4 year old (and 5/6 yo when it came on hbo), but it was one of the greatest movies from my childhood
 
2014-04-25 10:07:01 AM  
I liked the movie and for all the complaints about how bad it is it sure seem to have a lot of memorable lines that everyone is quoting in this thread.
 
2014-04-25 10:19:19 AM  

Norad: LZeitgeist: ColSanders: But do they have any room for renk?

For what...?

RENK! RENK! A room for renk!


Oh! My mind was a million miles away. Come in before you catch your death of mud.
 
2014-04-25 10:19:53 AM  
I'm mean
I'm mean
I'm mean
 Ya know what I mean.

"He's mean...He's mean"

I'm so mean I had a dream of beating myself up!!!!


/Awesome movie that nailed the look and feel of the Popeye comic strips and early 20th century rovie reels.
 
2014-04-25 10:22:24 AM  
I think it's an unfairly maligned movie. From an aesthetic point, Robert Altman just absolutely nailed it trying to recreate the look of a comic or cartoon. The sets, the architecture, the colors, the costumes, the make up. The attention to detail is superb, and probably a lost art since these days, they would just use CGI. The music has a lot of catchy tunes, and the characters were perfectly cast, especially Shelley Duval as Olive Oyl. Sure, it's got its flaws, but it was a movie based on a comic about a one-eyed sailor who enjoys temporary super-human strength when he chugs down a can of spinachk, er, spinach. Come on, this isn't "Citizen Kane." In any case, the movie strongly appealed to me as a kid, and I think it's a very well-crafted, enjoyable little movie.
 
2014-04-25 10:34:09 AM  
Harry Freakstorm:
If you're going to have Robin Williams as Popeye walking around muttering, try to get a decent recording of what he's muttering.

You aren't kidding. I don't think I've seen the movie since 1980, but I remember wondering at the time, if Robin were remotely comprehensible, would the movie actually be any good?

And for the record, Final Justice > Popeye.
 
2014-04-25 10:35:58 AM  
It still exists?  Wow.  I thought those things just vanished.
 
2014-04-25 10:38:28 AM  

UberNeuman: You owe me an apology.


this.
count me in as someone who likes the movie!
Van Dyke Parks, Bill Irwin, Ray Walston.
I watch them all with my squinky eye
 
2014-04-25 10:41:33 AM  
gopher321 [TotalFark]


I don't think that's salt on the salt-encrusted wharves. It's probably the cocaine left behind after the filming was over.

When Robin Williams is around there is never left-over cocaine.
 
2014-04-25 10:43:18 AM  

cwheelie: UberNeuman: You owe me an apology.

this.
count me in as someone who likes the movie!
Van Dyke Parks, Bill Irwin, Ray Walston.
I watch them all with my squinky eye


What squinky eye?
 
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