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The Great Muppet Caper (1981) Poster

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Gonzo's classification as a "whatever" is officially cemented in this film, as this is the label affixed to his shipping crate en route to Great Britain.
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John Cleese (Neville) and Joan Sanderson (Dorcas) previously starred together in Fawlty Towers: Communication Problems (1979). In that episode, she was an annoying guest at his hotel; in this film, they're a married couple.
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The girl in the park who thinks Kermit is a bear is Christine Nelson, daughter of Muppeteer Jerry Nelson (with whom she appears in the scene). Christine suffered from cystic fibrosis throughout her short life, and finally succumbed to the disease in 1982, one year after the film debuted.
The end of the bicycle scene (where all the Muppets are shown riding together) was actually done by putting all of the Muppet characters onto their bikes, hooking them together, and pulling them. Brian Henson, on an oversized tricycle, was among those who pulled the bikes.
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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!"
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This is the second Muppet movie in which Scooter is serving popcorn, the first time being the opening scene of The Muppet Movie (1979).
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During the opening credits Fozzie asks Kermit what B.S.C. stands for, but Kermit doesn't know either. B.S.C. stands for British Society of Cinematographers.
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Nicky Holiday's office door is labeled "Irresponsible Parasite" just as Lady Holiday had referred to him to Miss Piggy.
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The running gag, "catch the thieves red-handed...what color are their hands now?" surfaces three times, twice by Beauregarde and once by Miss Piggy.
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The cameo role of British Gentleman was offered to Trevor Howard.
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Third highest-grossing Muppet film, earning $31,206,251 during its run at the box office.
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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.
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Shot entirely in England.
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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.
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Another running gag is the subtle repetition of the exact phrase, "the fabulous baseball diamond." Lady Holiday is the first to use the phrase, followed by the reporter after Miss Piggy's arrest, then Lady Holiday repeats the phrase back to the reporter, and finally by Kermit during the heist.
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Lady Holiday refers to all three of the principal models' gowns as resembling birds - Carla as an ostrich, Marla as a pigeon, and Darla as a turkey.
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Cameo 

Peter Falk:  watch-selling storyteller in the park with Kermit
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Jerry Nelson:  man with daughter in the park and the voice on the CB radio of the truck Miss Piggy takes from Peter Ustinov.
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Frank Oz:  Bald man standing behind Gonzo when he yells "stop the presses!"
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Peter Ustinov:  truck driver that Miss Piggy hijacks.
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Robert Morley:  British gentleman who greets the Muppets when they arrive in England.
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Richard Hunt:  Cab driver.
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Director Cameo 

Jim Henson:  the man that Gonzo takes a photo of in the restaurant.
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