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The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Family  -  26 June 1981 (USA)
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Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie 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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Floyd Pepper / Pops / Lew Zealand / Crazy Harry / Louis Kazager / Slim Wilson / CB Voice / Man in Park (voice)
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Muppet Performer / Annie Sue Pig / Lou (uncredited) (voice)
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Muppet Performer / Chickens / Gaffer the Cat (uncredited) (voice)
Bob Payne ...
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Kermit and Fozzie are newspaper reporters sent to London to interview Lady Holiday, a wealthy fashion designer whose priceless diamond necklace is 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 Muppets to bring the real culprits to justice. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Trivia

Nicky is connected with a running gag of wearing flowered socks, the first reference being when they are delivered to his office and the second and third being quick shots of his ankle during the supper club scene and later during the heist of the baseball diamond. During the fashion show, the only scene without a shot of his flowered socks, he is wearing a matching flowered bow tie and handkerchief. See more »

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In the final sequence, the Muppets are shown in a two-deck airliner; with a passenger section (Statler and Waldorf) and a baggage deck (with the rest). But the plane shown from outside is a single deck parachutist's plane. See more »

Quotes

Lady Holiday: I have grave doubts about wearing these jewels. I feel as if thieves are breathing down my neck.
Nicky Holiday: [breathing down her neck] Thieves aren't breathing down your neck.
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Crazy Credits

When the final copyright credits appear, Gonzo appears under them and says "Whoa, wait, don't go home yet. Say cheese!" Gonzo then takes a picture of the whole audience and the screen goes black when he takes it because the flashbulb "blinded" the audience. After the screen goes black, Gonzo's voice is heard saying, "I'll send you each a copy." See more »

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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.32 (2011) See more »

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The Muppet Fight Song
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
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"The First Time It Happened..."
15 April 2002 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all-time favorites! I am 23 and I still need to view this movie at least once a year. Jim Henson was at the height of his creative powers when this was made, and it shows brilliantly. As opposed to "The Muppet Movie", the songs aren't as dated, and the celebrity cameos have been cut back which lessens the distraction from the Muppets themselves. The cameos of John Cleese, Sir Peter Ustinov, Sir Robert Morley, and Jack Warden all are funny and fit the plot's movement. The highest performance praise though, must go to Dame Diana Rigg and Charles Grodin, who may have deserved an Academy Award for being the only human ever to attempt to make love to Miss Piggy! ("Miss Piggy, don't put a wall between us...we could have had the world on a silver platter") I also love the music, especially the number in the Dubonett Club, which harkens back to the old-time musicals, with just a hint of satire. Even after seeing "The Score" and "Ocean's 11", the Muppet heist scene is still the most entertaining I've ever seen! My advice is swallow your pride, grab the kids, and "check right in, to the Happiness Hotel"! (SAY CHEESE!)


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