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The Great Muppet Caper
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The Great Muppet Caper movie poster by Drew Struzan
Film information
Directed by: Jim Henson
Produced by: David Lazer
Frank Oz
Bruce Sharman
Martin Starger
Written by: Tom Patchett
Jay Tarses
Jerry Juhl
Jack Rose
Music by: Joe Raposo
Cinematography: Oswald Morris
Editing by: Ralph Kemplen
Studio: ITC Entertainment
Henson Associates
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Release Date(s): June 26, 1981
Running time: 94 minutes
Language: English
Gross Revenue: $31,206,251

The Great Muppet Caper is a 1981 British mystery comedy film directed by Jim Henson. It is the second of a series of live-action musical feature films, starring Jim Henson's Muppets. This film was produced by Henson Associates, ITC Entertainment and Universal Pictures, and premiered on 26 July 1981. The film was released shortly after the final season of The Muppet Show. It was shot in England. It was released on DVD by Sony Pictures on 5 June 2001 and again on 29 November 2005 by Walt Disney Pictures as Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition.

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Plot

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Oscar the Grouch from Sesame Street makes "a very brief cameo" in the movie.

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Animated bluebirds flying around Reporter Kermit.

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Jim Henson's cameo in the movie.

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Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, and Gonzo the Great play newspaper reporters for the Daily Chronicle in their new movie The Great Muppet Caper ("Hey a Movie!"). Kermit and Fozzie, specifically, are playing identical twin reporters, which becomes the source of a running gag - supposedly, nobody can tell they are twins unless Fozzie wears his hat. The two are eventually assigned to investigate the theft of valuable jewels from fashion designer Lady Holiday (Diana Rigg), which they have to beg for after their boss Mike Tarkenian (Jack Warden) dismisses them following the Daily Chronicle's headline about the two of them joining the staff (while the other papers report on the jewel heist).

The boys travel to London to interview her, but with only $12 for the trip, they are forced to fly in the airplane's baggage hold and are thrown out of the plane as they arrive over Britain while it continues on to Italy. They stay at the dilapidated (but free) Happiness Hotel, run and populated by Pops, Scooter, Rowlf, Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem ("Happiness Hotel"}. The next day, when Kermit seeks out Lady Holiday in her office however, he instead finds the love of his life Miss Piggy and fails to recognize her, mistaking her for the fashion designer. When he, Fozzie and Gonzo get a lift in a cab of a hapless but optimistic driver named Beauregard, Kermit gets ready for his date with Piggy, though he explains to Fozzie that he is going out alone with her. Fozzie and Gonzo prepare Kermit for his date ("Steppin' Out With a Star"), and when Kermit sees how disappointed Fozzie feels about not going with Kermit on the date, Kermit agrees to let him and the other Muppets come. Miss Piggy (who was interviewing for a job as a fashion model) masquerades as Lady Holiday, even going so far as to sneak into a ritzy townhouse (located at 17 Highbrow Street) to impress Kermit with her dwellings much to the surprise of the true British residents Neville (John Cleese) and Dorcas (Joan Sanderson).

At a night club restaurant, Kermit and Piggy dance together ("The First Time It Happens"), unbeknownst that Lady Holiday's necklace is stolen by her jealous brother, Nicky (Charles Grodin), and his assistants Carla (Kate Howard), Marla (Erica Creer), and Darla (Della Finch), three of her put-upon fashion models. Piggy's charade is revealed, and she quickly abandons Kermit at the night club. The next day, at a park, Kermit tries to warn Piggy that Nicky Holiday (who had been dancing with Piggy at the night club) was a jewel thief, as he had stolen Lady Holiday's necklace, but Piggy doesn't buy it, and she and Kermit start an argument, upsetting her. Kermit and Piggy apologize to each other and take a bike ride around the park ("Couldn't We Ride"). Later that day, after helping out as a fashion designer and taking part in a swimming opera concert ("Miss Piggy's Fantasy"), Miss Piggy accidentally dives into a fountain. Despite Nicky's instant attraction to Miss Piggy, they successfully frame her for the theft and plan to steal an even more valuable prize — the coveted Baseball Diamond, which is on display at a local gallery, the Mallory Gallery. Unfortunately for them, Gonzo is under a nearby table and overhears the plot. Kermit's crew, along with their friends from the Happiness Hotel, have no choice but to intercept and catch the thieves themselves in order to vindicate Miss Piggy.

The Muppets get to the Mallory Gallery, and get to the Baseball Diamond at the same time as the thieves, use the Baseball Diamond in a game of Keep-away and later baseball, while Louis Kazagher commentates. Piggy, meanwhile, has escaped from prison and, in a bout of serendipity, finds a motorcycle which she uses to crash into the Gallery's window, knocking Nicky, who is holding Kermit hostage, out in the process. Carla, Marla and Darla confront Piggy, only to be quickly dispatched by a flurry of furious karate chops. As the police arrive, Piggy is cleared from all charges, Nicky and his fashion model-acquaintances are arrested, and the Muppets get their deserved credit for foiling the heist. The Muppets then return to America the same way they departed, being thrown out of the cargo hold and parachuting back to Earth, over the end credits.

Cast

  • Charles Grodin as Nicky Holiday: Lady Holiday's irresponsible brother and the main antagonist. He is responsible for the jewel heist on his sister with the help of three of her fashion models, Carla, Darla, and Marla.
  • Diana Rigg as Lady Holiday: A famous British fashion designer who has been the victim of a jewel heist.
  • Erica Creer as Marla, one of both Lady Holiday's models and of Nicky's henchmen.
  • Kate Howard as Carla, one of both Lady Holiday's models and of Nicky's henchmen.
  • Della Finch as Darla, one of both Lady Holiday's models and of Nicky's henchmen.
  • Michael Robbins as Henderson: A security guard at the Mallory Gallery
  • Joan Sanderson as Dorcas: A middle-aged Englishwoman, married to Neville; they reside at 17 Highbrow Street
  • Peter Hughes as Stanley - Maitre D' at the Dubonnet Club and an old acquaintance and favoured patron of Lady Holiday
  • Peggy Aitchison as a prison guard
  • Tommy Godfrey as a bus conductor

Muppet actors

John Cleese appears as Neville, a middle-aged British homeowner who lives with his wife Dorcas at 17 Highbrow Street. Robert Morley appears as a British gentlemen. Peter Ustinov portrays a truck driver. Jack Warden portrays Mike Tarkenian, an editor of the Daily Chronicle. Peter Falk appears as a tramp. In addition to performing the Muppets, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson and Richard Hunt also appear in cameo roles. Henson appears as one of the Dubonnet Club patrons to whom Gonzo offers a souvenir photo; Oz as a reporter in the Daily Chronicle office; Nelson as a man in the park alongside his daughter Christine Nelson playing the man's daughter; Hunt as a cab driver with Kathryn Mullen appearing as a taxi passenger. Also, Henson's son Brian appears riding a tricycle that pulls a line of Muppets on bicycles.

Songs

  1. "Main Title Theme" (2:49)
  2. "Hey a Movie!" (2:42)
  3. "The Big Red Bus" (1:26) (Score)
  4. "Happiness Hotel" (3:05)
  5. "Lady Holiday" (1:12) (Score)
  6. "The First Time It Happens" (4:12)
  7. "The Apartment" (0:53) (Score)
  8. "Night Life" (2:57)
  9. "Steppin' Out With a Star" (2:31)
  10. "Couldn't We Ride" (3:07)
  11. "Miss Piggy's Fantasy" (3:58)
  12. "The Great Muppet Caper" (3:48)
  13. "Homeward Bound" (0:52) (Score)
  14. "Finale: Hey, a Movie! (reprise)" (1:30)
  15. "The First Time It Happens (reprise)" (1:30)

Score cues left off the soundtrack

  1. Stop the Presses!
  2. Splash Landing
  3. Lobby
  4. "Happiness Hotel" (Full version)
  5. Applying for a Job
  6. Kermit Meets Piggy
  7. Taxi
  8. Getting Ready
  9. You Can Come/17 Highbrow Street
  10. A Pig and a Lizard
  11. Dubonnet Club (Instrumental of "Steppin' Out with a Star")
  12. I Think I’ve Got a Picture of the Thief
  13. The Cookie Jar Just Busted/In the Park
  14. Would You Like to Buy a Watch?
  15. Kermit and Piggy Argument
  16. I’m Sorry I Left You
  17. I Can’t Be Responsible For What Might Happen
  18. Fashion Show
  19. Framed
  20. The Baseball Diamond Will Be Ours
  21. We Don’t Want the Bad Guys to Win
  22. Pig in the Pokey
  23. I Love You, Rosenthal
  24. The Heist (Full version, much longer with many short cues)

Box office

The Great Muppet Caper has received generally positive reviews. As of 6 July 2009, Rotten Tomatoes has reported that 71% of critics gave the film a positive review, based on 17 reviews. The film grossed $31,206,251 during its run at the box office behind the grosses of The Muppet Movie and Muppet Treasure Island.

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