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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Hunt: Cab driver. See more »

Goofs

When Kermit is dancing on the bed during "Stepping Out with A Star", the shadow of the puppeteer's arm is visible on the wall behind him. See more »

Quotes

Lady Holiday: Give Stanley a tip, Nicky.
Nicky Holiday: For complimenting you on your necklace?
Lady Holiday: No, because it's customary.
Nicky Holiday: I haven't any change.
Lady Holiday: Then give him something bigger.
Nicky Holiday: *Bigger*? I left my wallet at home.
Lady Holiday: You left your wallet in college.
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Crazy Credits

In a parody of the MGM Studios logo, this film opens with Animal roaring like the MGM lion. He then proceeds to partly devour the surrounding title card, but turns around and sees a hot air balloon overhead. 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

Featured in Muppet Race Mania (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Finale: Hey A Movie! / The First Time It Happens
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Performed by Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, Louise Gold, and Chorus
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It starts strong and then slowly fizzles.
5 December 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Great Muppet Caper" had a fantastic start, as Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo fly about in a hot air balloon. During their flight, they see the credits and make comments about them--priceless. And, the first 15 minutes or so of the film is great. However, when the actual plot begins, the show starts to drag. Much of this is because I wanted to see Muppets--not Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg and other human actors as well as some uninteresting plot about jewel thieves. And, because the Muppets are best when not over-burdened with plot and are allowed to just cut up and be silly, the more there was plot the more the film lost my attention. Now this is not to say that the film is bad or not worth watching--but as it progresses, the laughs do become less and less frequent. For my time, the best of the Muppet films were "The Muppet Movie" and "The Muppets".


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