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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.


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13 July 1984 (USA) See more »
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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  (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. Julius 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)

Antone Pagán ... Customer in Diner (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 (as Anthony John Ciccolini III)
Paul Coombe .... re-recording mixer
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Marissa De Guzman .... assistant sound editor (as Marissa de Guzman)
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer
Marshall Grupp .... assistant sound editor
Vito L. Ilardi .... sound recordist (as Vito Ilardi)
Michael Jacobi .... looping editor
Les Lazarowitz .... sound mixer
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor
Tod A. Maitland .... boom operator
Laurie Mullen .... assistant sound editor
Gilberto Costa Nunes .... assistant sound editor
Bitty O'Sullivan-Smith .... assistant sound editor
Harry Peck Bolles .... assistant sound editor
Beriau Picard .... assistant sound editor
Rose Rosenblatt .... 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
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
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
Andrea Justin .... apprentice film editor
Jonathan Oppenheim .... assistant film editor
Trudy Ship .... first assistant film editor
Location Management
Sandy Nelson .... location coordinator
Music Department
Emile Charlap .... music contractor
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
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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94 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Although the film didn't out-gross its predecessors, it was the second highest-grossing G-rated film of 1984 (behind the re-issue of Disney's Pinocchio (1940)).See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Miss Piggy's train makes noises like it is being pulled by a steam locomotive, but it is self-propelled electrically-powered cars.See more »
[Martin Price holds a gun on Gonzo's chicken]
Martin Price:Get back or the chicken gets it!
Police Officer:That's a threat?
See more »
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Rat Scat (Something Cookin')See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
"Maybe we could sell the show if you wrote in more special effects like exploding socks.", 2 December 2014
Author: utgard14 from USA

The Muppets go to New York to try and sell Kermit's musical to a Broadway producer but are met with nothing but rejection. Thinking they are holding Kermit back, the other Muppets leave him in the city and return home. Kermit gets a job working at a café where rats are waiters. When a producer finally shows interest in Kermit's musical, the frog faces two obstacles: first, he must put the whole show together in two weeks; second, he's hit by a car and gets amnesia! Hopefully his friends, new and old, can help him get his memory back and put on the big show.

The third Muppets movie is a pleasant, leisurely film. Nowhere near the classic Muppet Movie but the songs are nice and the Muppets endearing as ever. It's kind of a solo movie for Kermit for awhile. The human cast is good, with several little-known actors in supporting parts. The celebrity cameos this time include Dabney Coleman, Brooke Shields, Elliott Gould, Art Carney, Joan Rivers, Gregory Hines, and Liza Minnelli. Most importantly, this movie introduced the Muppet Babies in a fantasy sequence. The Muppet Babies would go on to be an adorable cartoon series that was a beloved part of my childhood. This movie is the last of the Muppet films made while Jim Henson was still alive. It will surely please fans and those who love movies with heart and humor and magic.

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