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26 June 1981 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Swedish Chef / Waldorf / The Muppet Newsman / Zeke / Man having Snapshot in Restaurant (voice)

Frank Oz ... Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal / Sam the Eagle / Gramps / Swedish Chef (voice)

Dave Goelz ... The Great Gonzo / Beauregard / Zoot / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Lobbuck Lou (voice)

Jerry Nelson ... Floyd Pepper / Pops / Lew Zealand / Crazy Harry / Louis Kazager / Slim Wilson / CB Voice / Man in Park (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Scooter / Statler / Sweetums / Janice / Beaker / Bubba / Monster (uncredited) / Cab Driver (uncredited) (voice)

Charles Grodin ... Nicky Holiday

Diana Rigg ... Lady Holiday

John Cleese ... Neville

Robert Morley ... British Gentleman

Peter Ustinov ... Truck Driver

Jack Warden ... Mike Tarkanian

Steve Whitmire ... Rizzo the Rat / Lips (voice)
Louise Gold ... Muppet Performer / Annie Sue Pig / Lou
Kathryn Mullen ... Muppet Performer / Chickens / Gaffer the Cat
Bob Payne ... Muppet Performer
Brian Muehl ... Muppet Performer

Mike Quinn ... Muppet Performer
Robbie Barnett ... Muppet Performer
Hugh Spight ... Muppet Performer

Brian Henson ... Muppet Performer

Caroll Spinney ... Oscar The Grouch (voice)
Erica Creer ... Marla
Kate Howard ... Carla
Della Finch ... Darla
Michael Robbins ... Security Guard
Joan Sanderson ... Dorcas
Peter Hughes ... Maitre D'
Peggy Aitchison ... Prison Guard
Tommy Godfrey ... Bus Conductor
Katia Borg ... 1st Model
Valli Kemp ... 2nd Model
Michele Ivan-Zadeh ... 3rd Model
Chai Lee ... 4th Model
Christine Nelson ... Girl in Park
Cynthia Ashley ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer

Susan Backlinie ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Sherrill Cannon ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Christine Cullen ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Susie Guest ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Wendy Holker ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Linda Horn ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Lee Keenan ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Darine Klega ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Lynn Latham ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Cynthia Leake ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Kahren Lohren ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Tricia McFarlin ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer

Denise McKenna ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Melina Lee Phelps ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Denise Potter ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Ann Rynne ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
Roberta Ward ... Charkie's Water Ballet Performer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suzanne Church ... Reporter (uncredited)
Patti Dalton ... Prisoner (uncredited)

Peter Falk ... Tramp (uncredited)
Ian Hanham ... Reporter (uncredited)

Trevor Howard ... Aggressive Man in Restaurant (uncredited)

Danny John-Jules ... Street Dancer (uncredited)
Rodney Lovick ... Doorman (uncredited)
David Ludwig ... Delivery Man (uncredited)
Mary Mazstead ... Prisoner (uncredited)
Cy Town ... Fashion Show Photographer (uncredited)
Amy Van Gilder ... Woman having Snapshot in Restaurant (uncredited)

Directed by
Jim Henson 
Writing credits
Tom Patchett (written by) &
Jay Tarses (written by) and
Jerry Juhl (written by) &
Jack Rose (written by)

Produced by
David Lazer .... producer
Frank Oz .... producer
Bruce Sharman .... associate producer
Martin Starger .... executive producer
Original Music by
Joe Raposo 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris 
Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen 
Casting by
Michael Barnes 
Production Design by
Harry Lange 
Art Direction by
Terry Ackland-Snow 
Charles Bishop 
Leigh Malone 
Costume Design by
Joanne Green 
Julie Harris 
Calista Hendrickson 
Danielle Obinger 
Mary Strieff 
Makeup Department
Joan Carpenter .... hair stylist
Stuart Freeborn .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Dick Gallegly .... production manager: USA
Donald Toms .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Laws .... assistant director
Christopher Newman .... second assistant director
Dusty Symonds .... first assistant director
Art Department
Terry Ackland-Snow .... effects designer
George Ball .... property master
Alan Booth .... construction manager
Ron Burkett .... supervising painter
Robyn Hamilton-Doney .... set dresser (as Robyn Hamilton Doney)
Paul Hedges .... props
Bill Stallion .... storyboard artist
John Stevenson .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joe Gallagher .... assistant sound editor
Bill Rowe .... sound re-recordist
Nicholas Stevenson .... sound editor
Peter Sutton .... sound recordist
Don Wortham .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Paul Slootweg .... special effects technician
Brian Smithies .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Roy Field .... opticals
Kiran Shah .... stunt double: Miss Piggy
Colin Skeaping .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Arnold .... senior assistant camera
Derek V. Browne .... camera operator
Murray Close .... still photographer
Tim Dodd .... clapper loader
Vince Goddard .... electrician
Ian Kelly .... video engineer supervisor
Steve Kitchen .... electrician
Charles Lagus .... underwater photographer
Jason Lehel .... camera trainee
Chris Mortley .... electrician
Albert Werry .... aerial photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
Joanne Green .... muppets' costumes
Calista Hendrickson .... muppets' costumes
Danielle Obinger .... muppets' costumes
Carol Spier .... muppets' costumes
Mary Strieff .... muppets' costumes
Editorial Department
Marcel Durham .... assistant editor
Music Department
Michael Clifford .... music editor
Marcus Dods .... conductor
Dick Lieb .... orchestrator
Joe Raposo .... conductor
Joe Raposo .... music arranger
Joe Raposo .... orchestrator
Joe Raposo .... songs: music and lyrics by
John Richards .... music recordist
James Tyler .... orchestrator
Graham Walker .... music coordinator
George Hamer .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Other crew
Maurice Arnold .... video coordinator
Leslee Asch .... muppet builder
Leslee Asch .... muppet designer
Martin G. Baker .... location manager
Sidney G. Barnsby .... production assistant supervisor
Bi Benton .... production assistant
Allen Burry .... publicist
Edward G. Christie .... muppet builder
Edward G. Christie .... muppet designer
Lyle Conway .... muppet builder
Lyle Conway .... muppet designer
Patsy de Lord .... production assistant
Faz Fazakas .... muppet technical design
Nomi Frederick .... muppet builder
Nomi Frederick .... muppet designer
Michael K. Frith .... muppet design consultant
Joan Garrick .... muppet builder
Joan Garrick .... muppet designer
Jane Gootnick .... muppet builder
Jane Gootnick .... muppet designer
Lew Grade .... presenter (as Lord Grade)
Larry Jameson .... muppet technical design
Ann Keeba-Tannenbaum .... muppet builder
Ann Keeba-Tannenbaum .... muppet designer
Bernard J. Kingham .... production executive
Faye Kreinberg .... muppet workshop research
Tad Krzanowski .... muppet technical design
Janet Kuhl .... muppet builder
Janet Kuhl .... muppet designer
Kathy Lazar .... muppet builder
Kathy Lazar .... muppet designer
Cheryl Leigh .... script supervisor
Anita Mann .... choreographer
Robert McCormack .... muppet workshop supervisor
Perry McLamb .... muppet builder
Perry McLamb .... muppet designer
Tom McLaughlin .... muppet builder
Tom McLaughlin .... muppet designer
Maria McNamara .... muppet builder
Maria McNamara .... muppet designer
Tim Miller .... muppet builder
Tim Miller .... muppet designer
Will Morrison .... muppet workshop coordinator: New York
Tom Newby .... muppet builder
Tom Newby .... muppet designer
Richard L. O'Connor .... production executive
Connie Peterson .... muppet builder
Connie Peterson .... muppet designer
Colin Prescott .... hot air balloon coordinator
Monica Rogers .... production assistant
Tim Rose .... muppet technical designer
Adam Samuelson .... louma crane technician
Amy Van Gilder .... muppet doctor
Jeremy Whiffen .... hot air balloon coordinator
Caroly Wilcox .... muppet building department supervisor
Caroly Wilcox .... muppet designer
Simon J. Williamson .... puppeteer (as Simon Williamson)
Marc Wolff .... helicopter pilot

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95 min
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Cameo: [Peter Falk]watch-selling storyteller in the park with KermitSee more »
Continuity: 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 »
[First lines]
Kermit:[In a hot air balloon] Pretty nice up here, isn't it?
Fozzie:Kermit? What if we drift out to sea? What if we're never heard from again? What if there's a storm? Or - we get struck by lightning?
Gonzo:That'd be neat.
Kermit:Listen, nothing's gonna happen. These are just the opening credits.
Fozzie:Oh. Where are they?
[Title card appears]
Kermit:The Great Muppet Caper.
Fozzie:Nice title.
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Not as good as the film that started the Muppet movie franchise, but still a fun family comedy, 5 January 2010
Author: Electrified_Voltage from Guelph, Ontario, Canada

All the films in the original Muppet movie trilogy, done with their late creator, Jim Henson, were made before I was born, but I first started listening to the soundtracks of the first two, "The Muppet Movie" and "The Great Muppet Caper", around the mid-nineties, and it wasn't long before I saw both films for the first time. I was within my last few years before adolescence at the time, and may have liked both movies equally when I first saw them. I've watched both of them again twice in recent years, and don't recall ever having an opinion on which one was better before those viewings. I now think the first one, from 1979, is the stronger of the two (I think most Muppets fans would agree), but this 1981 follow-up is still an impressive family movie.

Kermit and Fozzie are reporters for the Daily Chronicle, and Gonzo is their photographer. One day, they are out on the street trying to get a good news story, when jewels are stolen from English fashion designer Lady Holiday! This happens when they aren't looking, so they don't notice, and instead write an article on Kermit and Fozzie as twins joining the newspaper staff, which they are fired for. The three of them then travel to London, England in the cargo hold of a plane to interview Lady Holiday. They stay at Happiness Hotel, a decaying building with free accommodation! When Kermit goes to meet Lady Holiday in her office, she isn't there, but he meets her new receptionist, Miss Piggy, instead. Trying to impress him, Miss Piggy lies and says she is Lady Holiday, and they quickly fall in love. However, she obviously can't keep her secret for long, and the jewel thieves are trying to frame her!

If you ask me, the main thing that makes "The Great Muppet Caper" inferior to its predecessor is the set of songs. None of the songs can match "Rainbow Connection" and certain other memorable ones from "The Muppet Movie", and two of the songs here, "The First Time It Happens" and "Miss Piggy's Fantasy", make for two fairly lacklustre and tedious sequences. This second Muppet movie also doesn't have the same poignancy and meaningfulness as the first one. However, there's still a lot to like. The songs generally aren't bad, and of course, there are the same lovable Muppets in the movie. They also didn't forget about the humour, as the film definitely is funny, even if it's not usually hilarious. There are celebrity cameos here (though not as many as there are in "The Muppet Movie"), including one from John Cleese, of Monty Python fame. He helps make the part where Miss Piggy sneaks into 17 Highbrow Street a comic highlight. The plot also works well for a lighthearted family movie like this.

Jim Henson's Muppets made an excellent silver screen debut in 1979, in a film that's still widely admired after just over thirty years. I guess it's no surprise that this 1981 follow-up is inferior, since that's often the case with franchise movies. However, overall, "The Great Muppet Caper" is a very good family comedy adventure, and is still much better than "Muppets from Space", the last theatrical movie featuring the famous puppet characters, released in 1999. I saw that one for the first time over a year ago and had never been so disappointed by anything featuring the Muppets! Anyway, kids could really enjoy this second installment in the franchise, and as usual with these films, it's not just for them. There's enough to make it worth watching for adults who still like the Muppets as well. Just because it's not as good as its predecessor doesn't mean it's not another noteworthy accomplishment.

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