The Muppets Take Manhattan

Released 1984


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Frank Oz

The Muppets Take Manhattan is a musical film centered around Jim Henson's Muppets. Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson) creates a variety show during college entitled Manhattan Melodies. He and his friends try to get the performance accepted on Broadway so they can all be famous, but they have trouble finding a producer to sponsor their show. Most of the Muppets have to find jobs across the country to make ends meet, but Kermit stays in New York to pursue his dream. Combining forces with Rizzo the Rat (Steve Whitmire), Kermit finds himself involved in a series of adventures as he tries to get someone in the music business to look at his play. He pretends to be a producer, angers Liza Minelli by tampering with her photograph and loses his memory when he gets hit by a car. Miss Piggy (Frank Oz) notifies the other Muppets of Kermit's situation, and they return to New York to help him try and recover his memory. The Muppets Take Manhattan was directed by Frank Oz, the voice behind Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and Animal.



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  • 88

    Miami Herald

    The best parts of the movie, as in all Muppet ventures, are when director Frank Oz takes the action into pure fantasy. [13 July 1984, p.D1]

  • 80

    Time Out London

    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 b...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Muppets Take Manhattan is yet another retread of the reliable old formula in which somebody says "Hey, gang! Our senior class musical show is so good, I'll bet we could be star...

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Dabney Coleman

Dabney Coleman

Martin Price / Murray Plotsky

Elliott Gould

Elliott Gould

Cop in Pete's

Frank Oz

Frank Oz

Miss Piggy / Fozzie / Animal / Bert / Cookie Monster / Ocean Breeze Soap Board Member / Sam the Eagle

Jim Henson

Jim Henson

Star, Producer

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers

Perfume saleswoman

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Arts, Comedy, Drama, Kids, Music


Family Comedies, Family Dramas, Musicals, Showbiz