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The Muppets Take Manhattan -- Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.
The Muppets Take Manhattan -- The Muppets go crazy in the Big Apple when they take their musical "Manhattan Melodies" to Broadway.

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13 July 1984 (USA) See more »
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Kermit and his friends go to New York to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Dr. Teeth / Waldorf / Swedish Chef / Ernie / Granny / Horse & Carriage Rider / Link Hogthrob / The Newsman (voice)

Frank Oz ... Miss Piggy / Fozzie / Animal / Bert / Cookie Monster / Ocean Breeze Soap Board Member / Sam the Eagle (voice)

Dave Goelz ... Gonzo / Chester the Rat / Bill the Frog / Zoot / Beauregard / Jim the Dog / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Penguin (voice)

Steve Whitmire ... Rizzo the Rat / Gill the Frog / Baby Kermit / Chicken / College Student in Audience / Dog (voice)
Richard Hunt ... Scooter / Statler / Janice / Beaker / Dog (voice)

Jerry Nelson ... Camilla / Lew Zealand / Floyd / Bear / Chicken / Crazy Harry / Dog / Dr. Julias Strangepork / Granny / Penguin / Pops (voice)

Juliana Donald ... Jenny

Lonny Price ... Ronnie Crawford

Louis Zorich ... Pete

Art Carney ... Bernard Crawford

James Coco ... Mr. Skeffington

Dabney Coleman ... Martin Price / Murray Plotsky

Gregory Hines ... Roller Skater

Linda Lavin ... Kermit's Doctor

Joan Rivers ... Perfume Saleswoman

Elliott Gould ... Cop in Pete's

Liza Minnelli ... Herself

Brooke Shields ... Customer in Pete's
Frances Bergen ... Leonard Winesop's Receptionist

Ed Koch ... Himself (as The Honorable Edward I. Koch)

John Landis ... Leonard Winesop
Vincent Sardi Jr. ... Himself
Kathryn Mullen ... Jill the Frog / Chicken / Helpful Woman in Park (voice)
Karen Prell ... Yolanda the Rat / Frank the Dog / Helpful Woman in Park (voice)
Brian Muehl ... Tatooey the Rat / Bear / Dog (voice)
Bruce Edward Hall ... Masterson the Rat / Beth Bear (voice)
James J. Kroupa ... Additional Muppet Performer

David Rudman ... Additional Muppet Performer
Melissa Whitmire ... Additional Muppet Performer

Michael Earl ... Additional Muppet performer (as Michael Earl Davis)
Glenngo King ... Additional Muppet Performer
Timothy De Haas ... Additional Muppet Performer (as Tim De Haas)
Cheryl Bartholow ... Additional Muppet Performer
Martin P. Robinson ... Additional Muppet Performer / College Student in Audience / Bear
Steve Burnett ... College Student
Mary Lou Harris ... College Student

Gates McFadden ... Mr. Price's Secretary (as Cheryl McFadden)
Joanne Hamlin ... Woman in Price's Office
Hector Troy ... First Cop
Norman Bush ... Second Cop
Nancy Kirsch ... Screaming Woman

Alice Spivak ... Customer in Pete's
John Bentley ... Train Conductor
Dorothy Baxter ... Elevator Passenger
Stephen Sherrard Hicks ... Elevator Passenger
Susan Miller-Kovens ... Elevator Passenger
John Maguire ... Elevator Passenger
Sinead Maguire ... Elevator Passenger
Trisha Noel ... Elevator Passenger
Ron Foster ... Man in Winesop's Office

Michael Hirsch ... Man in Winesop's Office

Vic Polizos ... Construction Worker
Kenneth McGregor ... Construction Worker (as Kenneth MacGregor)
Chet Washington ... Construction Worker
Graham Brown ... Mr. Wrightson
James Bryson ... Customer in Pete's
Chico Kasindir ... Customer in Pete's
Viola Borden ... Bingo Caller
Paul Stolarsky ... Aquacade Announcer
Maree Dow ... Woman in Bleachers
Don Quigley ... Man in Bleachers
Michael Connolly ... Maitre D' at Sardi's
Wade Barnes ... Customer at Sardi's
Ruth Button ... Customer at Sardi's
Lee-Ann Carr ... Customer at Sardi's
Richard Dubois ... Customer at Sardi's
Diana Hayes ... Customer at Sardi's
Jane Hunt ... Customer at Sardi's
Jaqueline Page ... Customer at Sardi's
Harriet Rawlings ... Customer at Sardi's
Milton Seaman ... Customer at Sardi's
Gary Tacon ... Thief in Central Park
Joe Jamrog ... Cop in Central Park
Mark Marrone ... Chauffeur
Cyril Jenkins ... The Minister (as Dr. Cyril Jenkins)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Kay Adams ... Woman in Crawford's Office (uncredited)

Robert Armin ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)
Peter Baird ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)

Michael Bertolini ... Muppet Performer / Link Hogthrob (uncredited)
Cheryl Blaylock ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)

Jeff Breslauer ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)
Fran Brill ... Additional Muppet Performer / News Reporter (uncredited)
Edward G. Christie ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)

Ralph Cole Jr. ... Roller Skater (uncredited)
Charles Francis Corbett ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)
Faz Fazakas ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)

Brian Henson ... Additional Muppet Performer (voice) (uncredited)
Heather Henson ... Girl Serving Drinks at Beer Hall (uncredited)
Rollin Krewson ... Additional Muppet Performer (voice) (uncredited)
David Lazer ... Customer at Sardi's (uncredited)
Joel Leder ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)
Ronn Lucas ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)

Sonia Manzano ... Customer at Sardi's (uncredited)
Jim Martin ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)

Catherine Scorsese ... Extra (uncredited)

Charles Scorsese ... Extra (uncredited)

Todd Stockman ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)

Thomas E. van Dell ... Theater Patron (uncredited)
Gabriel Velez ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)
Caroly Wilcox ... Additional Muppet Performer (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Oz 
 
Writing credits
Tom Patchett (story) &
Jay Tarses (story)

Frank Oz (screenplay) and
Tom Patchett (screenplay) &
Jay Tarses (screenplay)

Produced by
Jim Henson .... executive producer
David Lazer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ralph Burns 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Paynter (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Evan A. Lottman  (as Evan Lottman)
 
Casting by
Howard Feuer 
Jeremy Ritzer 
 
Production Design by
Stephen Hendrickson 
 
Art Direction by
Paul Eads 
W. Steven Graham 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Drumheller 
Justin Scoppa Jr. 
 
Costume Design by
Calista Hendrickson 
Karen Roston 
Polly Smith 
 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup artist
Romaine Greene .... hair stylist
Wayne Massarelli .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ezra Swerdlow .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Timothy M. Bourne .... additional second assistant director
Ronald M. Bozman .... first assistant director
Tony Gittelson .... second assistant director
Leo Zisman .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Joseph M. Caracciolo .... property master
Edward G. Christie .... muppet constructor
John Davis .... storyboard artist
Tim Miller .... muppet constructor
Louis Petraglia .... construction grip
James Sorice .... master scenic artist
Dave Weinman .... chief set dresser (as David Weinman)
 
Sound Department
Stan Bochner .... sound editor
Louis Cerborino .... sound editor
Anthony J. Ciccolini III .... supervising sound editor
Paul Coombe .... sound re-recording mixer
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Lee Dichter .... sound re-recording mixer
Vito L. Ilardi .... sound recordist
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor
Tod A. Maitland .... boom operator
Harry Peck Bolles .... assistant sound editor
Maurice Schell .... sound editor
Mel Zelniker .... adr recordist
Richard Friedlander .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Leigh Donaldson .... muppet special effects
Edward Drohan .... special effects
Faz Fazakas .... muppet special effects
Brian Henson .... muppet special effects
Larry Jameson .... muppet special effects
Dick Loveless .... muppet special effects
Tom Newby .... muppet special effects
 
Stunts
Cheryl Blackman .... stunt double: Miss Piggy
Cliff Cudney .... stunt driver
Tony Farentino .... stunt driver
Denise Lucadamo .... stunt double: Miss Piggy
Victor Magnotta .... stunt coordinator
Christa Tomasulo .... stunt double: Miss Piggy
Gary Evans .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ralph Brandofino .... second assistant camera
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator
Jerry DeBlau .... best boy
John W. DeBlau .... gaffer
John Donohue .... dolly grip
Richie Ford .... electrician
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Peter Girolami .... electrician
Kerry Hayes .... still photographer
Ian Kelly .... supervising video engineer
Richard C. Kratina .... camera operator
Gary Muller .... co-first assistant camera
Hank Muller .... first assistant camera
Peter Norman .... photographer: second unit
Lance Shepherd .... electrician
Douglas Pellegrino .... assistant: steadicam (uncredited)
Robert Shepherd .... electrician (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting
Gus Schirmer .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lee Austin .... wardrobe supervisor
Deborah Katz .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Trudy Ship .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Charlie Clifton .... music recording engineer
Tom Jung .... music recording engineer
Todd Kasow .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Patrick Hogan .... driver
Harold 'Whitey' McEvoy .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Lauren Attinello .... muppet design and construction (as Lauren Antinello)
Patricia Barrow .... production assistant
Cheryl Blalock .... muppet design and construction
Renee Bodner .... script supervisor
Fred Buchholz .... muppet design and construction
Al Cerullo .... pilot
Christopher Chadman .... choreographer (as Chris Chadman)
Edward G. Christie .... muppet designer
Frank Comito .... production assistant
Janet Delvoye .... muppet design and construction
Prudence Farrow .... production assistant
Bob Flanagan .... muppet design and construction
Michael K. Frith .... design consultant
Jane Gootnick .... muppet rigging coordinator
Lee Gottsegen .... production assistant
James Greenhut .... studio manager
Jerry Gum .... muppet design and construction
Jim Henson .... choreographer
Amy Herman .... production assistant
Marian Keating .... muppet design and construction
Rollin Krewson .... muppets' studio coordinator
Robin Kusten .... muppet design and construction
Maria McNamara .... muppet design and construction
Tim Miller .... muppet designer
David Misch .... special consultant
Sandy Nelson .... location coordinator
Bruce Patterson .... production office coordinator
Connie Peterson .... muppet design and construction
Jan Rosenthal .... muppet design and construction
Jody Schoffner .... muppet design and construction
Bobbie Stein .... unit publicist
Chris Stoia .... production assistant
Norman Tempia .... muppet design and construction
Richard Termine .... muppet design and construction
Caroly Wilcox .... muppet design and construction
Peter Baird .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Kris Cole .... production staff (uncredited)
Charles Francis Corbett .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Joel Leder .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Ronn Lucas .... puppeteer (uncredited)
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
Clayton Sauer .... puppeteer (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
94 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Trivia:
Rizzo the Rat appeared throughout the final season of "The Muppet Show" (1976) and along with Scooter as the Happiness Hotel bellhops in The Great Muppet Caper (1981), but this is his first major role with The Muppets and his first appearance with his more "wiseguy" personality.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Sesame Street's Ernie says "Yeah" in the Wedding scene of the play, He's says it in Bert's voice.See more »
Quotes:
Gonzo:Maybe we should add more special effects like exploding socks.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
William Tell OvertureSee more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable enough Muppet vehicle., 25 February 2007
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

This is a rather enjoyable and harmless entertaining Muppet movie, featuring most of the well known Muppets. It really isn't their best or most memorable one though.

Lets face it and be honest here, this movie really isn't the greatest made or best written one. The only real reason that the movie still works out is thanks to the Muppets. The humor actually isn't that much good, since its mostly simply written and the events are predictable. Nevertheless the movie still manages to become funny because of the humorous and well known characters, that need no introduction.

For me it really was in this case Miss Piggy that makes the movie work out. Her character features by far the most humorous and enjoyable situations. Miss Piggy is basically a Muppet-favorite of every one! She is such a great and comical character. Also the idea alone that a grown up man, such as Frank Oz, is with his hand inside a silly looking pig and doing a very feminine voice is reason enough already to crack me up. I really respect the Muppet-performers and their timing and handling is always just great, especially Frank Oz who always is subtle and handles the most enjoyable Muppet characters. Besides acting, Frank Oz also was the person who directed and wrote the movie.

The movie concentrates a bit too much on just the two main characters of the movie; Kermit and Miss Piggy. Also the human cast gets wasted because of that but of course also most of the Muppet characters. They put (too) many Muppets in the movie but doesn't provide them with enough room to let them shine, or their characters speak out. They tried to do so by putting in some extra solo sequences, featuring some of the Muppet characters, which felt like a last minute addition but was amusing, though distracting, nevertheless. The movie also features Rizzo the Rat in his first big movie role but it's too bad that he didn't teamed up with Gonzo yet in this on. The movie could had really used another and distracting from the main plot, comical duo, besides Kermit and Miss Piggy.

The movie yet again features many cameo from well known actors and other celebrities. Celebrities and Muppets always have been a great combination. Not only well known (at the time) celebrities make a cameo but also the "Sesame Street" characters do so, toward the ending.

It's obvious that they used this movie as a vehicle to also use some new puppet techniques, that in my opinion however don't work out and are redundant. Showing the Muppet's legs when they walk, bad idea! Putting someone in a Miss Piggy suit when she is on roller-blades, bad idea!

Though the movie is mostly forgettable it of course still features some great sequences such as the one with the Muppet babies. It also of course features some good comedy moments and it obviously makes this an enjoyable simple movie to watch but it's all not quite enough for this movie to really make a lasting impression. Out of all the Muppet movies this is probably the one with the most less re-playability factor.

6/10

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