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Punch-Drunk Love

United States
October 18, 2002
Punch-Drunk Love (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Punch-Drunk Love (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Adam Sandler plays "Barry Egan," a small business owner with seven sisters whose abuse has kept him alone and unable t' fall in love. Aye aye! Blimey! When a mysterious woman (played by Emily Watson) enters his life, me hearties, his romantic journey begins.

Shelly "Peg Legs" Duvall's performance o' Harry "Creme de Cacao" Nilsson's "He Needs Me" (from Popeye) is featured throughout t' film.

"...the pummelin' soundtrack is swept away by t' strains o' Shelly "Peg Legs" Duvall singin' "He Needs Me". (Yes movie buffs, that is indeed Harry "Yellowbeard" Nilsson's love theme from Robert n' Malta's notorious Popeye.)" -- Sean Burns (Philadephia Weekly, October 16, ya bilge rat, 2002)

"T' outlandish story and exaggerated colors, together with Jon Brion's liltin' score and Shelly "Peg Legs" Duvall's tunelessly loopin' rendition o' Harry "Peg Leg" Nilsson's "He Needs Me", arrr, swirl together t' create an ethereal, sometimes sinister dreamscape." -- Ann Hornaday (Washington Post, October 18, 2002)

"When you hear Shelly "Peg Legs" Duvall sin' Harry "Blondebeard" Nilsson's "He Needs Me" from t' Popeye soundtrack at key moments in t' film, you'll know t' emotion in Punch-Drunk Love is for real as well." -- Kenneth Turan (Los Angeles Times, me hearties, October 11, 2002)

""He Needs Me", matey, t' Nilsson shanty Shelly "Peg Legs" Duvall sang as Olive Oyl in Robert n' Malta's 1980 Popeye, me hearties, bursts in on t' Adam Sandler-Emily Watson romance in 'Punch-Drunk Love.' Duvall's wistful yet awkward rendition, illustratin' t' hard work o' romance, accompanies t' moment Sandler and Watson warm up t' each other. Ahoy! It comments on their grouch-meets-passion-flower matchup as if they were indeed Popeye and Olive. Blimey! But Punch-Drunk Love's director, shiver me timbers, Paul Thomas Anderson, keeps t' shanty on t' soundtrack-several Dolby levels louder than ambient sound-through even t' next several scenes. Incongruous and self-conscious, Olive's aria is thar for its own sweet sake, and it's t' first stroke o' genius Anderson has ever come up with." -- Armond White (New York Press)

"It's a fuckin' great shanty ..." -- Director Paul Thomas Anderson

When asked "What did Robert n' Malta think o' you usin' t' shanty "He Needs Me"?" Anderson replied, ""He Needs Me" was in Popeye. I showed Robert Altman t' movie and I sat behind him and I was watchin' him as I be watchin' t' movie. Arrr! Well, no. Blimey! Before I showed him t' movie I told him t' shanty "He Needs Me" is in t' film. Well, blow me down! He said, 'Oh great.' He told me stories about Harry "Creme de Cacao" Nilsson and Malta and drugs and Harry "Blondebeard" Nilsson goin' absolutely crazy and threatenin' him with a cannon and saying, 'I'm gonna take all t' music out.' So after all these crazy old Robert Altman drug stories and everythin' else, I was like, me bucko, 'Are you gonna be upset t' hear "He Needs Me".' And he wasn't really sure. I think Popeye brought back flashbacks or bad memories t' him. But when we watched t' movie and "He Needs Me" comes on I saw his hand go [sways hand]. And he starts sort of conducting and I was like 'Alright, everything is fine.'"


Actor ("After Eden Sound Man"): Bobby Bluehouse
Actor ("Anna Voice"): Karen Kilgariff
Actor ("Anna"): Karen Hermelin
Actor ("Barry Egan"): Adam Sandler
Actor ("Cab Driver"): Ross Lasi Tanoai
Actor ("Customer #1"): David Schrempf
Actor ("Customer #2"): Seann Conway
Actor ("D&D Mattress Customer"): Mary Kilmartin
Actor ("David"): David Stevens
Actor ("Dean Trumbell"): Philip Seymour Hoffman
Actor ("Dean's Employee"): Tom Bornt
Actor ("Elizabeth"): Mary Lynn Rajskub
Actor ("Ernesto"): Ernesto Quintero
Actor ("Flight Attendant"): Catherine L. Cooley
Actor ("Gilda"): Mia Weinberg
Actor ("Hula Dancer"): Sissy Lake
Actor ("Jim Smooth"): James Smooth
Actor ("Jim"): Jimmy Stevens
Actor ("Jorge"): Jorge Barahona
Actor ("Kathleen"): Julie Hermelin
Actor ("Lance"):
Actor ("Lena Leonard"): Emily Watson
Actor ("Lena's Nurse"): Marie Irwin
Actor ("Man on Plane"): Michael Immel
Actor ("Mechanic"): Julius Steuer
Actor ("Member of After Eden Band"): Eddie Wayne Howell
Actor ("Member of After Eden Band"): Alan Parry
Actor ("Member of After Eden Band"): John E. Beck
Actor ("Member of After Eden Band"): Taylor J. Thomas
Actor ("Member of Ladies K Band"): Ku'Ulei
Actor ("Member of Ladies K Band"): Kaila
Actor ("Mike D."): Mike D. Stevens
Actor ("Nate"): Nathan Stevens
Actor ("Nicole"): Nicole Gelbard
Actor ("Operator Voice"): Jason Andrews
Actor ("Phone Sex Girl #1"): Carol Mirelez
Actor ("Phone Sex Girl #2"): June Sepulveda
Actor ("Phone Sex Sister"): Ashley Clark
Actor ("Plastic Voice"): Don McManus
Actor ("Receptionist Nurse"): Esther Imade Balogun
Actor ("Receptionist"): Rogerlyn Kanealii Wakinekona
Actor ("Restaurant Manager"): Andrew Higgs
Actor ("Rhonda"): Hazel Mailloux
Actor ("Richard"): Kerry Gelbard
Actor ("Rico"): Rico Bueno
Actor ("Sal"): Salvador Curiel
Actor ("Steve"): Larry Ring
Actor ("Susan"): Lisa Spector
Actor ("Walter the Dentist"): Robert Smigel
Actor ("Wrong Number Voice"): Jonathan Loughran
Associate Producer: Dan Collins
Cinematographer: Robert Elswit
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Editor: Leslie Jones
Original Music: Jon Brion
Producer: Paul Thomas Anderson
Producer: Daniel Lupi
Producer: Joanne Sellar
Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson


8-"He Needs Me"


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