Get rid of those winter doldrums and come watch a free movie at the Nashville Public Library in January! Robin Williams’ films will be featured for four consecutive weeks, with showings at 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Popeye (Thursday, Jan. 8) is a 1980 American musical comedy film starring Robin Williams as Popeye the Sailor Man and Shelley Duvall as Olive Oyl. Popeye, a sailor, arrives at the small coastal town of Sweethaven while searching for his long-lost father. Feared by the townsfolk because he is a stranger, he rents a room at the Oyl family’s boarding house. The Oyl’s daughter, Olive, is preparing for her engagement party to a bully, Captain Bluto.
Dead Poet’s Society (Thursday, Jan. 15 ) is a 1989 American drama film written by Tom Schulman, and starring Robin Williams. Set at the conservative and aristocratic Welton Academy in the northeast United States in 1959, it tells the story of an English teacher who inspires his students through his teaching of poetry. Schulman received an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for his work. Robin Williams received his second Best Actor in a Leading Role nomination and it has since been widely recognized as one of the actor/comedian’s best roles.
Hook (Thursday, Jan. 22) is a 1991 American fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. It stars Robin Williams as Peter Pan/Peter Banning, Dustin Hoffman as the character of Captain Hook, and Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell. The film acts as a sequel to J. M. Barrie’s 1911 novel Peter and Wendy, focusing on a grown-up Peter Pan who has forgotten his childhood. Now known as Peter Banning, he is a successful corporate lawyer with a wife and two children. Hook kidnaps his children, and Peter must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy.
Mrs. Doubtfire (Thursday, Jan. 29) is a 1993 American comedy film starring Robin Williams (who also served as co-producer) and Sally Field. Daniel Hillard (Williams) is a talented voice actor living in San Francisco who quits his job. His wife Miranda (Field) files for a divorce and is awarded custody of their children. Daniel learns that Miranda intends to hire a housekeeper to care for the children. With Miranda unwilling to let him watch the kids, Daniel disguises himself (with help from his brother) as a pleasant and kind elderly English nanny and is hired as the housekeeper. As an interesting side note, Mrs. Doubtfire 2 was in production but then canceled due to the death of Robin Williams on Aug. 11.
Popcorn is provided free of charge at all the movies and soft drinks and bottled water can be purchased at a nominal charge of 50 cents each. Children under 12 must accompanied by parents or an adult for the duration of the show. For further information, please call the library at 327-3827.