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The Great Muppet Caper [1981] (1 disc)

Director:Jim Henson
Writer:Jack Rose
Jay Tarses
Jerry Juhl
Tom Patchett
Composer:Joe Raposo
Songs:Joe Raposo
Length:95 minutes
(1 hour 35 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Delta
IMDB Rating:7.1/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:74%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

Reaction: Good old Muppet fun. Very entertaining.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Select Cast and Crew
Jim Henson => Director / Man having Snapshot in Restaurant (voice) / Dr. Teeth / Swedish Chef / Waldorf /The Muppet Newsman / Kermit the Frog / Zeke / Rowlf
Jack Rose => Writer
Jay Tarses => Writer
Jerry Juhl => Writer
Tom Patchett => Writer
Joe Raposo => Composer / Songs
Brian Henson => Muppet Performer (voice)
Brian Muehl => Muppet Performer (voice)
Caroll Spinney => Oscar The Grouch (voice)
Charles Grodin => Nicky Holiday
Christine Nelson => Girl in Park
Danny John-Jules => Street Dancer (uncredited)
Dave Goelz => Zoot / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew /Lobbuck Lou (voice) / The Great Gonzo / Beauregard
Diana Rigg => Lady Holiday
Frank Oz => Sam the Eagle / Gramps /Swedish Chef (voice) / Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Animal
Jack Warden => Mike Tarkanian
Jerry Nelson => Lew Zealand / CB Voice / Crazy Harry / Man in Park (voice) / Louis Kazager / Floyd Pepper / Pops / Slim Wilson
John Cleese => Neville
Peter Falk => Tramp (uncredited)
Peter Ustinov => Truck Driver
Richard Hunt => Monster (uncredited) / Sweetums / Cab Driver (voice) (uncredited) / Janice / Beaker / Scooter / Bubba / Statler
Robert Morley => British Gentleman
Steve Whitmire => Lips (voice) / Rizzo the Rat
Trevor Howard => Aggressive Man in Restaurant (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The cameo role of British Gentleman was offered to Trevor Howard.
  • Third highest-grossing [Muppet] film, earning $31,206,251 during its run at the box office.