Popi (1969)





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Striving for a better life for his two sons, a Puerto Rican immigrant named Popi (Alan Arkin) goes about his mission in a singularly eccentric fashion in this comedy from director Arthur Hiller. So intent is Harlem resident Abraham "Popi" Rodriguez (Arkin) upon providing his boys with the American dream, that he puts off marrying his beautiful girlfriend Lupe (Rita Moreno) in order to carry out the mother of all harebrained schemes. After instructing his boys how to row with lessons in Central Park, Popi takes them to Florida and sets them adrift on the ocean, knowing that two cute "refugees from Cuba" seeking asylum in the U.S. will become celebrity cases and probably be adopted by rich WASP's. Popi's plan works like a charm, with his sons even earning an audience with the president, but a visit to the hospital where they're recovering from their ordeal at sea sinks his big plans.
Classics , Comedy
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United Artists

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Alan Arkin
as Abraham
Joan Tompkins
as Miss Musto
John Harkins
as Harmon
Arnold Soboloff
as Dr. Perle
Barbara Dana
as Receptionist
Antonia Rey
as Mrs. Cruz
Victor Junquera
as Novitas Man
Gladys Velez
as Silvia
Judith Lowry
as Old Lady
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Critic Reviews for Popi

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Charming tearjerker sitcom comedy on the Puerto Rican experience in Spanish Harlem.

Full Review… | June 2, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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June 12, 2005

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Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Popi

The promising premise, well cast children, and well acted Arkin character makes the film engaging despite its bogging down with a script that's overly fantastical and full of illogical loopholes.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

Although it buckles a little under the weight of it's preposterous premise, it's still a must-see for Alan Arkin fans. He's truly at the top of his game.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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This is supposed to be one of the best and most popular movies of all time in its native country, but it didn't really do it for me.

Jason Owens
Jason Owens

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