Great Muppet Caper

Great Muppet Caper

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Director: Jim Henson

Cast: Charles Grodin, Diana Rigg

     
 

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The Great Muppet Caper is the second Muppet film and it is considerably more complex than its predecessor, The Muppet Movie, which was essentially just a road movie. As the film begins, Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are reporters who have failed to bag a story of a London jewel heist, which happened under their watch. The real criminals managed toSee more details below

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The Great Muppet Caper is the second Muppet film and it is considerably more complex than its predecessor, The Muppet Movie, which was essentially just a road movie. As the film begins, Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear are reporters who have failed to bag a story of a London jewel heist, which happened under their watch. The real criminals managed to escape and frame Miss Piggy as the thief. Kermit, Fozzie and the Great Gonzo set out on a mission to solve the mystery and track down the criminals who stole the Baseball Diamond. There are fewer star cameos and songs in The Great Muppet Caper than in The Muppet Movie, although appearances from John Cleese and Charles Grodin are particularly memorable.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
For their second movie, Kermit and company are literally dropped (that’s what you get for flying “ninth class”) into a Hollywood caper involving the theft of London’s grand Baseball Diamond. Intrepid investigative reporters and twin brothers Kermit and Fozzie Bear (don’t ask) must solve the crime to save their jobs. Good luck. For starters, the Muppet ensemble is just having too much fun making a movie, as witness Gonzo, Fozzie, and Kermit’s running commentary during the opening credits (“Gee, a lot of people worked on this movie”) and the fantastic production number “Starring Everybody…and Me.” What self-respecting crime movie takes time out for a Busby Berkeley-style water ballet -- featuring a synchronous-swimming pig, no less? A Muppet movie, of course. That said, The Great Muppet Caper is not as rousing a success as The Muppet Movie. The London location is underutilized, and the pacing is off, with some scenes and songs going on too long. But the smart script and the game human cast keep things moving right along. Ravishing Diana Rigg costars as Lady Holiday, a fashion designer, and Charles Grodin steals scenes as her feckless brother, who has designs on both his sister’s diamond and Miss Piggy, an aspiring model who becomes the unwitting fall-pig in his scheme. As with the first film, there are fun and fleeting cameos. Among the most memorable are John Cleese, Peter Falk, and Oscar the Grouch.
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
Jim Henson's feature film directorial debut is actually the Muppets' second silver screen effort, but follows the same formula that made their television show and first film a success. The Great Muppet Caper boasts crowd-pleasingly silly musical numbers which combine with clever jokes and sight gags that range from innocently goofy to relatively sophisticated, clearly taking into consideration the audience's wide range of ages. The Great Muppet Caper is, of course, populated by Henson's very cuddly and adorable creations, but is also smart enough to know that while cute can carry you a long way on a short TV. show, a feature length film requires a little more effort. Thus, the film pokes as much fun at itself as it does at its setting ("Merry Old England"). The script could use a little tightening up, as the story sometimes stumbles in search of ways to hook the tunes and gags to a plausible plotline. Narrative flaws notwithstanding, Henson's cheerful and giddy film, which is packed with mostly quite amusing cameos by B-level movie stars, is in many ways a throwback to the goofy and mostly pointless comedies of the 1960's (Help, et al.).

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/01/1999
UPC:
0043396030701
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
G
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Grodin Nicky Holiday
Diana Rigg Lady Holiday
John Cleese Neville
Robert Morley Gentleman
Peter Ustinov Trucker
Jack Warden Editor
Chai Lee Model
Dave Goelz The Great Gonzo,Beauregard,Zoot,Dr. Bunsen,Honeydew,Gonzo/Chester Rat/Bill the Frog/Zoot
Jim Henson Rowlf,Dr. Teeth,Waldorf,Kermit
Trevor Howard Actor
Richard Hunt Statler,Sweetums,Janice,Beaker,Scooter
Jerry Nelson Pops,Lew Zealand,Camilla
Frank Oz Fozzie Bear,Animal,Sam the Eagle,Miss Piggy
Erica Creer Marla
Kate Howard Carla
Della Finch Darla
Michael Robbins Guard
Joan Sanderson Dorcas
Peter Hughes Maitre d'
Peggy Aitchison Prison Guard
Tommy Godfrey Bus Conductor
Valli Kemp 2nd Model
Christine Nelson Girl in Park
Lynn Latham Charlie's Water Ballet Performer
Susan Backlinie Charlie's Water Ballet Performer
Steve Whitmire Rizzo the Rat
Cynthia Leake Charlie's Water Ballet Performer
Louise Gold Muppet Performer
Kathryn Mullen Muppet Performer
Bob Payne Muppet Performer
Robbie Barnett Muppet Performer
Denise McKenna Charlie's Water Ballet Performer
Mike Quinn Muppet Performer
Brian Henson Muppet Performer
Carroll Spinney Oscar the Grouch
Peter Falk Tramp

Technical Credits
Jim Henson Director
Terry Ackland-Snow Art Director
Michael Barnes Casting
Charles Bishop Art Director
Derek V. Browne Camera Operator
Dusty Symonds Asst. Director
Joanne Green Costumes/Costume Designer
Julie Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Calista Hendrickson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Juhl Screenwriter
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Harry Lange Production Designer
David Lazer Producer
Leigh Malone Art Director,Editor
Anita Mann Choreography
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Danielle Obinger Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Oz Producer
Tom Patchett Screenwriter
Joe Raposo Score Composer,Songwriter
Jack Rose Screenwriter
Bruce Sharman Associate Producer
Carol Spier Costumes/Costume Designer
Martin Starger Executive Producer
Mary Strieff Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Sutton Sound/Sound Designer
Jay Tarses Screenwriter

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