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Popi (1969)

Abraham is a Puerto Rican single parent with two boys. He is becoming very worried about them living in their run down neighborhood when one day he notices that Cubans who escape are ... See full summary »

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Arthur Hiller
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Arkin ... Abraham
Rita Moreno ... Lupe
Reuben Figueroa ... Luis (as Ruben Figueroa)
Miguel Alejandro Miguel Alejandro ... Junior
Arny Freeman Arny Freeman ... Diaz
Joan Tompkins Joan Tompkins ... Miss Musto
Anthony Holland ... Pickett
Louis Zorich ... Penebaz
Antonia Rey ... Mrs. Cruz
Victor Junquera Victor Junquera ... Man From Novitas
Arnold Soboloff Arnold Soboloff ... Dr. Perle (as Arnold Sobolof)
Barbara Dana Barbara Dana ... Receptionist
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Storyline

Abraham is a Puerto Rican single parent with two boys. He is becoming very worried about them living in their run down neighborhood when one day he notices that Cubans who escape are lionized and given exceptional benefits. He thinks up a plot to have his sons washed ashore as Cuban immigrants who will be adopted by rich Anglos. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Popi had a dream and the only way he could make it come true was to put his two boys in a rowboat and set them adrift in the ocean. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Leben um jeden Preis See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami Beach, Florida, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

Although both Puerto Ricans and Cubans speak Spanish, the accents are different and anyone who speaks either would be able to notice the accents of the boys. See more »

Quotes

Luis: I'm telling you man, he's poco loco in the coco.
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Connections

Followed by Popi (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Popi
Music by Dominic Frontiere
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
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Heartwarming, funny, and fascinating
28 November 2000 | by aromatic-2See all my reviews

Alan Arkin is excellent as a Spanish Harlem father of two pre-teenage boys who decides that they'd be better off without him in a fresh start. Warm, winning, insightful, and wry, this movie never strays off course from its poignant objective. The music and location footage are also excellent. Rita Moreno is fine in a supporting role. The scheme Arkin plots also is eerily reminiscent of the Elian situation even though the movie is filmed 30 years before the incident!! John Harkins and Anthony Holland are also marvelous. See it.


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