Original Australian One Sheet Movie Poster.Popeye is a 1980 American musical comedy film directed by Robert Altman. It is a live-action film adaptation of E. C. Segar's Popeye comic strip and stars Robin Williams as Popeye the Sailor Man and Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl. The film premiered on December 6, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, to mixed reviews. However Harry Nilsson's soundtrack received mostly positive reviews. The film grossed $6 million on its opening weekend in the U.S., and made $32,000,000 after 32 days. The film earned $49,823,037 at the United States box office — more than double the film's budget — and a worldwide total of $60 million.