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The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

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Kermit and his friends go to New York City to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.

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The Muppets graduate from college and decide to take their senior revue on the road. They hit the streets of Manhattan trying to sell their show to producers, finally finding one young and idealistic enough to take their show. After several mishaps and much confusion, things begin to come together for them. Written by Jan Bednarczuk <bednarczuk@nwu.edu>

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13 July 1984 (USA)  »

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Muppet Movie III  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,416,022, 15 July 1984, Wide Release

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$25,534,703
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Kermit the Frog graduates from college was filmed at Vassar College in New York. Director Frank Oz wanted it shot in front of the most academic looking building on the campus: the dining hall. See more »

Goofs

When Kermit the Frog plays "All Together Again" with the glasses of water, the cups with more water produce a higher sound. In reality, it's the opposite. See more »

Quotes

[Masterson Rat is infatuated with Brooke Shields]
Brooke Shields: Is something wrong?
Masterson Rat: Do you believe in interspecies dating?
Brooke Shields: Well, I've dated some rats before, if that's what you mean.
[Masterson faints]
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Crazy Credits

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Soundtracks

You Can't Take No for an Answer
Music and Lyrics by Jeff Moss
Performed by Jim Henson and Chorus
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Enjoyable mostly on nostalgic terms, and great with an audience
15 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Throughout this film, you might think this film is just for kids. Well, it is mainly pointed towards them, but it's also well-rounded enough with the jokes pointed also at the adults in the audience. This time around, the Muppet gang try to get on Broadway, with the dire straits keeping them from getting it produced, leading them to splitting up. But Kermit won't stop, and his determination keeps things moving along until after getting the deal together he gets hit by a car and sent into amnesia!

It's a send-up, in part, of those old starring vehicles from the 40s with musicals actually as the topic of a musical, only here there's the usual lot of zaniness and wonderful moments thrown into a pot of hysterically funny moments (Lou Zealand's boomerang fish; Gonzo's water-stunt display, the whisper campaign, among many others), but also with a lot of heart too. The Muppet writers aren't shy of the conventions, on the contrary, they embrace them to the point where it's almost refreshing to see such a 'lets put on a show' story where through thick and think the characters will meet their dream.

While not as totally original in scope as the Muppet Movie, it's got many catchy and memorable songs, excellent locations all over Manhattan, and even some intonations of inter-species dating (and marriage)! Cameos include Liza Minneli ("a frog?"), Elliot Gould (as the cop), Brooke Shields (propositioned by a rat), Edward I. Koch, Gregory Hines and Joan Rivers. So get ready to sing-along, or just have a lot of big laughs and romantic (yes romantic) times with one of the best Muppet movies.


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