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The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rizzo the Rat / Lips (voice)
Louise Gold ...
Muppet Performer / Annie Sue Pig / Lou
Muppet Performer / Chickens / Gaffer the Cat
Bob Payne ...
Muppet Performer


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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Release Date:

26 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La gran aventura de los Muppets  »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,968,990, 28 June 1981, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim Henson considered Jim Backus, Tom Bosley, Jackie Cooper, Hume Cronyn, David Doyle, Charles Durning (who had played Doc Hopper in The Muppet Movie (1979)), Broderick Crawford, Edward Asner, Martin Balsam, Harvey Korman, Walter Matthau, Jack Klugman, Jack Lemmon, and Lionel Stander for the role of newspaper editor Mike Tarkanian. See more »


In the motorcycle chase, Miss Piggy's "stunt double" - a human being in a jumpsuit, helmet, blonde wig, and Piggy mask - is visible in the long shots. See more »


Miss Piggy: [to Nicky] You! It was you! Kermit was right! You're a phony. You're a phony! Yes, you are! And you know what, you can't even sing! Your voice was dubbed!
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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: "Wow, a lot of people worked on this movie.", "Nobody reads those names anyway, do they?", "Sure. They all have families." See more »


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Piggy's Fantasy (Miss Piggy)
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Performed by Charles Grodin, Jim Henson, and Chorus
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It starts strong and then slowly fizzles.
5 December 2014 | by See 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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