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The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

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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Storyline

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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26 June 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La gran aventura de los Muppets  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$31,206,251
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

While Jack Warden was Jim Henson's first choice for the role of Mike Tarkanian, other actors Henson considered for the part included Jim Backus, Tom Bosley, (Jackie Cooper), Hume Cronyn, David Doyle, Charles Durning, Broderick Crawford, Edward Asner, Martin Balsam, Harvey Korman, Walter Matthau, Jack Klugman, Jack Lemmon and Lionel Stander. See more »

Goofs

When Kermit jumps off the bike and is caught on a tree branch, the bike is clearly swerving and about to fall, yet in the next shot, the bike is nowhere to be seen lying on the ground. See more »

Quotes

Miss Piggy: Adios, mon cherie.
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Drew Struzan: An Appreciation of an Artist (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Night Life
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Performed by Jim Henson
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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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