The Film Connection

Robin Williams: Popeye

Episode Summary

Linda Stuurman, the creator and curator of the Robin Williams fansite, robin-williams.net, joins me to discuss Robert Altman's bizarre big screen adaptation of Popeye.

Episode Notes

Directed by Robert Altman, Popeye was Robin Williams' big screen debut as a leading man, and he had high hopes that it would do for his career what Superman did for his close friend Christopher Reeve. However, production problems, creative differences and a director with a vision all his own lead to something quite unlike anything ever put on screen. But is Popeye a cult American classic, or a fascinating, ill-conceived mess? Linda Stuurman, the creator and curator of the Robin Williams fansite, robin-williams.net, joins me to discuss.