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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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Floyd Pepper / Pops / Lew Zealand / Crazy Harry / Louis Kazager / Slim Wilson / CB Voice / Man in Park (voice)
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Scooter / Statler / Sweetums / Janice / Beaker / Bubba / Monster (uncredited) / Cab Driver (uncredited) (voice)
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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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Opening Weekend:

$2,968,990 (USA) (28 June 1981)

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$31,206,251 (USA)
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Trivia

Miss Piggy's underwater musical number was the most difficult scene to shoot, mostly because of communication problems. Lighting, cameramen, cameras, speakers, and monitors were all underwater. There were also 18 professional swimmers who had to dive into the pool at the same moment. In the June 1981 issue of the children's magazine Dynamic, director Frank Oz said, "The water ballet scene with Miss Piggy was really wonderful. I was under the water for a week. I had three days of scuba training and then down I went. Having them swim for the first time really was exciting!" See more »

Goofs

When Kermit is following Mr. Tarkanian around the news room, a head visibly follows him. See more »

Quotes

Nicky Holiday: [Lady Holiday's necklace has just been stolen] What do you want me to do? I just spilled ketchup all over my cummerbund.
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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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Soundtracks

Hey a Movie!
Music and Lyrics by Joe Raposo
Performed by Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Charles Grodin, and Chorus
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Lots of fun!
17 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Muppets are in England and get involved with Lady Holiday (Diana Rigg), her brother (Charles Grodin) and jewel robberies. Who cares about the plot though. It's just an excuse to see the Muppets perform--and they're great. The script is fast and very funny--one-liners go flying all over the place and every single one works. There's a constant breaking down of the fourth wall with the Muppets addressing the audience and poking fun at their own movie! Also there are elaborate musical numbers! The songs are instantly forgettable but the dance in the restaurant and the water ballet (!!!) really work.

Also you see the Muppets walking, dancing (Miss Piggy's tap dancing looks realistic!), riding bikes, swimming AND riding a motorcycle! This was all done before we had CGI but it works. I can't figure out how they did it--and I don't want to know. Acting is very good. Rigg is having a whale of a time in her role and it rubs off on the audience. Grodin appears drugged but it DOES fit his character. A few other actors do cameos but you have to see the movie to find out who they are.

Ten stars may be excessive for this movie but I loved it. I was never bored and thoroughly entertained. Highly recommended.


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