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The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

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Kermit the Frog, The Great Gonzo, and Fozzie Bear are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

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Jim Henson
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Swedish Chef / Waldorf / The Muppet Newsman / Zeke / Man having Snapshot in Restaurant (voice)
Frank Oz ... Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Sam the Eagle / Gramps / Swedish Chef (voice)
Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / Beauregard / Zoot / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Lobbuck Lou (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Floyd Pepper / Pops / Lew Zealand / Crazy Harry / Louis Kazager / Slim Wilson / CB Voice / Man in Park (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Scooter / Statler / Sweetums / Janice / Beaker / Bubba / Monster (uncredited) / Cab Driver (uncredited) (voice)
Charles Grodin ... Nicky Holiday
Diana Rigg ... Lady Holiday
John Cleese ... Neville
Robert Morley ... British Gentleman
Peter Ustinov ... Truck Driver
Jack Warden ... Mike Tarkanian
Steve Whitmire ... Rizzo the Rat / Lips (voice)
Louise Gold Louise Gold ... Muppet Performer / Annie Sue Pig / Lou
Kathryn Mullen ... Muppet Performer / Chickens / Gaffer the Cat
Bob Payne Bob Payne ... Muppet Performer
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Storyline

Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are newspaper reporters sent to London to interview Lady Holiday (Dame Diana Rigg), a wealthy fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace was stolen. Kermit meets and falls in love with her secretary, Miss Piggy. The jewel thieves strike again, and this time, frame Miss Piggy. It's up to Kermit and The Muppets to bring the real culprits to justice. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Muppet Movie II See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,968,990, 28 June 1981

Gross USA:

$31,206,251

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,206,251
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Peter Falk: Watch-selling storyteller in the park with Kermit the Frog. See more »

Goofs

In the pool dance scene, watching the splashes of water just prior to Miss Piggy rising from the pool with lit sparklers on her head shows that the cut is being shown in reverse. See more »

Quotes

Kermit: We were wondering if you could recommend a nice hotel. Actually, a cheap hotel.
British Gentleman: How cheap?
Fozzie: Free.
British Gentleman: Well, that narrows the field a bit.
[reading from his guide]
British Gentleman: Let's see. "Places where you can park your carcasses." Bus terminals... River banks... The Happiness Hotel...
Kermit: Happiness Hotel? That sounds great.
Gonzo: What's wrong with bus terminals?
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Crazy Credits

At the opening of the film, Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo are riding in a hot air balloon and commenting on the opening credits. Sample dialog: "Gee, a lot of people worked on this movie.", "Nobody reads those names anyway, do they?", "Sure, they all have families." See more »

Alternate Versions

Among the audio changes on the 1993 video release (and carried over to every video release since, including DVD and Blu-ray): -- At the beginning of "Happiness Hotel," a trombone gliss is heard after Pops's first line. -- Also, during "Happiness Hotel," after Zoot mentions Animal's being upset about missing a Rembrandt exhibit, Animal shouts "Renoir!" -- The song "Night Life" has lyrics; it was instrumental before. -- The music during the Muppets' "checklist" (whoopie cushion, rubber raft, bag of chickens, etc.) is different. In the 1993 version, it's more comical-sounding. -- When Miss Piggy crashes through the window and leaps off the motorcycle, her trademark "Hi-yaaah!!!" is removed. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Caroline in the City: Caroline and the ATM (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Couldn't We Ride
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Performed by Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, and Louise Gold
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The Muppets Take Big Ben
28 December 2007 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

Anglophile that I am, I love "The Great Muppet Caper," and think I might like it even more than the original "Muppet Movie."

The gang find themselves foiling the plot of a group of crack diamond thieves led by Charles Grodin, and it's a hoot to watch the slick, professional thieves' preparations and actions juxtaposed to the loud, crude antics of the Muppets. There's a pretty funny musical number that finds Miss Piggy ripping off Esther Williams, and another lovely song performed while the entire group goes bike riding. Long before the days of jacked up special effects when anything can be done using a computer, I remember being astounded by the fact that this special effects team could make the Muppets ride bicycles. Ah, what a more innocent time....

Grade: A


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