The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Jim Henson's Muppets find themselves in Manhattan yearning to get a musical on Broadway in this charming film that also chides show business and its foibles. Kermit the Frog has just put together a successful variety show at Danhurst college (probably somewhere between Amherst and Dartmouth), and although he would like to mount it on Broadway so he would have a hit and be able to marry Miss Piggy, he cannot find backers. The Muppets are then forced to take jobs to support themselves, and it is while working as a waiter that Kermit meets the friendly Jennie (Juliana Donald). Jennie is the daughter of the owner of the restaurant and a source of great jealousy for Miss Piggy, who does not like competition. With stunning musical numbers involving a hundred or so Muppets and on-scene locations in New York City, the film is impressive in its merging of technical achievements and acting. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi
Rating: G
Genre: Comedy , Kids & Family , Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: Frank Oz
Written By: Frank Oz , Tom Patchett , Jay Tarses
In Theaters: wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast

Jim Henson
as Kermit the Frog/Rowlf/Dr. Teeth/Swedish Chef/Waldorf
Frank Oz
as Miss Piggy/Fozzie/Animal
David Goetz
as Gonzo/Chester Rat/Bill/Zoot
Steve Whitmire
as Rizzo the Rat/Gil
Richard Hunt
as Scooter/Janice
Jerry Nelson
as Camilla/Lew Zealand/Floyd
Brian Muehl
as Tatooey Rat
Joan Rivers
as Herself
Linda Lavin
as Herself
Bruce Edward Hall
as Masterson/Beth
Ed Koch
as Himself
James Coco
as Himself
Art Carney
as Himself
Ron Foster
as Man in Winesop's Office
Kathryn Mullen
as Jill the Frog
Gates McFadden
as Mr. Price's Secretary
John Bentley
as Train Conductor
Graham Brown
as Mr. Wrightson
Don Quigley
as Man in Bleachers
Gary Tacon
as Thief in Central Park
Joe Jamrog
as Cop in Central Park
Michael Hirsch
as Man in Winesop's Office
Vic Polizos
as Construction Worker
Alice Spivak
as Pete's Customer
Wade Barnes
as Customer at Sardi's
Jane Hunt
as Sardi's Customer
Milton Seaman
as Customer at Sardi's
John McGuire
as Elevator Passenger
Karen Prell
as Yolanda Rat
Michael Hirsch
as Man in Winesop's Office
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Critic Reviews for The Muppets Take Manhattan

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (5)

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Full Review… | August 10, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

A genuinely fun confection of old-fashioned entertainment.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

The movie is breezily fun and every bit as entertaining as its predecessors.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

During the 94 minutes of this delightful movie, the Muppets graduate from college, hit New York, are parted and reunited minutes before curtain-up, with Kermit saved from amnesia by a right hook from Miss Piggy.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The fact that this plot is not original does not deter you, Kermit, nor should it. It's still a good plot.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Despite including some of the darkest overtones of any of the Muppet movies, [it] is undoubtedly the sweetest and most nakedly good-natured, almost to the point of dysfunction.

Full Review… | November 23, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for The Muppets Take Manhattan

Not the best of the Muppet films, alittle dull actually but there are still some excellent set pieces, the Muppets all riding bikes, the Mahattan scenes all look nice but the Broadway scenes are kinda plain and abit tooooo theatrical haha Its just missing that zany Muppet magic, just abit too flat, still a better movie than most kiddie films these days, pure family fun.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

The best of the Muppets.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

A great Creation from the mind of Jim Henson, with great songs, puppetry, plot, and acting. The only i didn't like was the random moment when kermit gets amnesia and i just thought it was useless for the movie

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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