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The Muppets Take Manhattan

Jim Henson and Robert Armin on the set of

Plot

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.

Release Year: 1984

Rating: 6.7/10 (7,970 voted)

Director:
Frank Oz

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

Storyline
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.

Writers: Tom Patchett, Jay Tarses

Cast:

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
/
Lew Zealand

(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
/
The Count

(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



Details

Official Website:
Henson.com |

Release Date: 13 July 1984

Filming Locations: Empire Stages of New York, Long Island City, Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Opening Weekend: $4,416,022
(USA)
(15 July 1984)
(1261 Screens)

Gross: $25,534,703
(USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

Cameo:
[Jim Henson]
As the horse and carriage driver.

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.

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]



User Review

"That'll teach ya to mess with a lady!"

Rating:

I distinctly remember seeing "Muppets Take Manhattan" in the movie theater
when I was 8 years old–following the film, I immediately demanded that my
parents purchase the soundtrack LP (yes, on vinyl!). I loved this movie
then; I love it still.

Actually, it's my favorite among the first three, classic Muppet films;
"Muppet Movie" is great but overlong, while "Great Muppet Caper" is
terrific, but seems a bit dated now. "Muppets Take Manhattan," on the
other
hand, never fails to entertain me, still makes me laugh out loud (the
purse-snatching scene; Kermit in his Bert Convy 'fro), and even tugs at my
heartstrings.

What's particularly nice about this adventure is that it's an affectionate
love letter to Hollywood musicals of yore, without being overly parodying.
The musical comedy cliches are presented in a matter-of-fact manner; just
as
we were expected to suspend our disbelief when Ruby Keeler went out
onstage
a nobody but "came back a star!", we suspend our disbelief to encompass a
group of talking animals putting together a big budget Broadway musical in
2
weeks. These kind of hoary plot devices are presented straight-faced,
without any self-conscious "winking" or irony.

The songs are all pretty darn terrific; the show-stopping "Together Again"
finale is as good as any contemporary musical number of the last 20 years
or
so, while "It's Time for Saying Goodbye" always puts a lump in my throat:
it's sentimental without being maudlin. The finale, "He/She Makes Me
Happy"
goes from being sweet to comically over-the-top in less than 3 minutes,
and
it's a joy.

The expected parade of cameos work well within the structure, without
being
intrusive. My particular favorites are Liza Minnelli's (the whole Sardi's
scene is wonderful), Linda Lavin's (another terrific comedy moment: "YOU
are
Mr. Enrico Tortellini of Passaic, New Jersey!"), and Joan Rivers' (another
gem). The Muppet performers are their usual, endearing selves: lovable,
warm, likable. The "love triangle" between Kermit, Piggy and the human
Jenny
plays surprisingly well, and Piggy's jealous reactions are
hysterical.

These days, "family entertainment" usually means disgustingly white-washed
pap that anyone over 10 or 11 would find either sedating or inane.
(Disney's
live action "101 Dalmations" and its sequel spring to mind.) The Muppet
movies proved that a G-rated film could be intelligent, witty, funny and
entertaining for all ages. It's a formula that has yet to be improved
upon,
and "The Muppets Take Manhattan" just might be the best example of it.