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The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

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Kermit and his friends go to New York City to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.

Director:

Frank Oz

Writers:

Tom Patchett (story by), Jay Tarses (story by) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Waldorf / Swedish Chef / Ernie / Granny / Horse & Carriage Rider / Link Hogthrob / The Newsman (voice)
Frank Oz ... Miss Piggy / Fozzie / Animal / Bert / Cookie Monster / Ocean Breeze Soap Board Member / Sam the Eagle (voice)
Dave Goelz ... Gonzo / Chester the Rat / Bill the Frog / Zoot / Beauregard / Jim the Dog / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Penguin (voice)
Steve Whitmire ... Rizzo the Rat / Gill the Frog / Baby Kermit / Chicken / College Student in Audience / Dog (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Scooter / Statler / Janice / Beaker / Dog (voice)
Jerry Nelson ... Camilla / Lew Zealand / Floyd / Bear / Chicken / Crazy Harry / Dog / Dr. Julius Strangepork / Granny / Penguin / Pops (voice)
Juliana Donald ... Jenny
Lonny Price ... Ronnie Crawford
Louis Zorich ... Pete
Art Carney ... Bernard Crawford
James Coco ... Mr. Skeffington
Dabney Coleman ... Martin Price / Murray Plotsky
Gregory Hines ... Roller Skater
Linda Lavin ... Kermit's Doctor
Joan Rivers ... Perfume Saleswoman
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Storyline

The Muppets graduate from college and decide to take their senior revue on the road. They hit the streets of Manhattan trying to sell their show to producers, finally finding one young and idealistic enough to take their show. After several mishaps and much confusion, things begin to come together for them. Written by Jan Bednarczuk <bednarczuk@nwu.edu>

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Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muppet Movie III See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,416,022, 15 July 1984

Gross USA:

$25,534,703

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,534,703
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As was done with The Great Muppet Caper (1981), Miss Piggy had a human "stunt double", who was used in the long shots during the roller skating sequence. See more »

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Kermit should have known Miss Piggy wasn't going far - the train she leaves on is the Erie Lackawanna Railroad which was a local railroad servicing only New Jersey. Erie Lackawanna shut down in 1983 when it was taken over by New Jersey Transit Corporation. See more »

Quotes

Bill the Frog: I'll pick up the bill today, Gil.
Gil the Frog: Oh, good. Something from the grill, Jill?
Jill the Frog: No, meat makes me ill, Gil.
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Alternate Versions

The VHS and Family Channel versions have Animal's slow growls of "BAAAAAAD MAAAAAAN" (at Dabney Coleman) dubbed out, though his repeated shouts of the phrase can be heard at the end of the scene. However, the growls are present on the DVD version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Portlandia: Baseball (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Jerry Nelson, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, and Steve Whitmire
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Kermit's finest work to date
23 May 1999 | by morris-10See all my reviews

A fascinating insight into the lives of a variety of talking animals and the trials and tribulations they face in the human dominated New York, this film deals with the age old tale of frog meets pig in a mature, contemporary fashion. The director, late great Mr Henson, pulls no punches in his gritty treatment, and the viewer is left with no doubt as to the authenticity and integrity of the bold statement this film makes; in truth, "peoples" really is "peoples". Shocking at the time, the film may now seem clumsy in comparison to modern epics such as the highly charged "Toy Story" or more violent bloodfests such as "Antz", but Henson's meisterwork is nonetheless worthy of acclaim. The foolishness of the Academy in witholding an Oscar in fear of controversy was later exposed by an older and more embittered Kermit, in his 1993 director/writer debut short entitled simply "Pondlife", an autobiographical return to form which revealed the story of his consequent lack of self esteem and alcohol problems, leading to his eventual divorce from manhattan co-star Miss Piggy. Piggy herself has since written a series of well received self-help books.


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