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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.

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

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

The first half, set in New York, is rich and warm, filled with the flavor of city life. The second half, involving the Florida plan, functions only on the level of TV situation comedy.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A highly contrived, yet potentially powerful plot.

January 22, 2020 | Full Review…

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

June 2, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Popi


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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

Yet again I say, Alan Arkin deserved his Oscar this year. This is a powerfully quiet film about love and the lengths to which a parent might go in order to express that love. Arkin's misguided plan to find a better life for his sons only goes to prove that the bounds of familial love are often too strong to break, no matter how altruistic the intentions may be.

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