The Muppets Take Manhattan 1984

The Muppets Take Manhattan

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If it's not quite as sharp as The Muppet Movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan is still a smart, delightfully old-fashioned tale that follows the formula established by the first two movies -- a madcap adventure assisted by a huge group of human stars.

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When Kermit the Frog and friends start a stage act, they decide to take the show from their college town to Broadway. However, once the Muppets wind up in New York City, they have difficulty finding financial support for the production, instead running into cheats like Murray Plotsky (Dabney Coleman). Unable to stage the show, the group splits up, and they all take different jobs around the country. Just as Kermit thinks he has finally found a backer, an accident gives him amnesia.

Cast & Crew

James Coco
Mr. Skeffington
Joan Rivers
Perfume saleswoman
Brooke Shields
Customer in Pete's
Dabney Coleman
Martin Price, Murray Plotsky
Art Carney
Bernard Crawford
Gregory Hines
Roller skater
Linda Lavin
Kermit's doctor
Frank Oz
Director
Tom Patchett
Screenwriter
Jay Tarses
Screenwriter
Frank Oz
Screenwriter
Jim Henson
Executive Producer
Ralph Burns
Original Music
Robert Paynter
Cinematographer
Evan A. Lottman
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Critic Reviews for The Muppets Take Manhattan

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Audience Reviews for The Muppets Take Manhattan

  • Jun 17, 2012
    This is probably my favorite Muppet movie. It's really funny and the celebrity appearances are great!
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2011
    The Muppets Take Manhattan (and more) in this third Muppet film. In this tale the Muppets take to Broadway in search of glamour and fame, but find the world of showbiz to be harsh and cruel. Yet, Kermit perseveres in order to keep his friends together. This installment finds the Muppets at the top of their game, with human actors who seamlessly blend into the film (which is not always the case with the Muppets). The cameos are a bit toned down from previous films, but still deliver some wonder moments with celebrities such as Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Director Frank Oz has created a wonderful film that not only entertains, but delivers a positive message about following your dreams and the bonds of friendship. But first and foremost, The Muppets Take Manhattan is a comedy for all ages; wocka, wocka, wocka.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2011
    The best of the Muppets.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 24, 2011
    I thought it was funny that on the On Demand description for this movie, it said, and I quote, "With Miss Piggy". As if Miss Piggy was a real actress. I don't know what it was about that but it gave me a good chuckle. Plus if this shit was real, you know that Miss Piggy would not take anything other than top billing. None of this 'after the description' bullshit. Anyway, I'm not exactly going to be unbiased with any Muppet related movie, series, what have you as I have mentioned that I love the Muppets. In fact I'm looking forward more to the new Muppet movie, written by Jason Siegel and Nick Stoller, than any other movie that's not The Dark Knight Rises. I REALLY wanna see that movie. Anyway, this movie is great entertainment. Just fun from beginning to end. I remember saying in my Rango review not all that long ago that it never worked when you tried to do adult humor with something that was meant, mostly, to appeal to kids. This movie doesn't go all balls-out adult humor on us, but there's just enough of it that kids and adults can enjoy this movie equally. They've managed to get away with some pretty crazy stuff over the years, and that's part of their charm. There's a LOT of hilarious scenes in the movie, mostly involving Miss Piggy, who's always a highlight. Despite her gimmick always being the same, she's still pretty fucking hilarious to this day. The movie is just FUN, and that's VERY important. It's not close to being the best movie ever made, but it will make you laugh and smile and I could probably watch this movie 300 times in a year and not get tired of it because it's just a lot of fun. So yea that's it...watch this movie or else I will kill you with death and kindness.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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