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The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

Jim Henson , Frank Oz , Jim Henson  |  G |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt
  • Directors: Jim Henson
  • Writers: Jack Rose, Jay Tarses, Jerry Juhl, Tom Patchett
  • Producers: Frank Oz, Bruce Sharman, David Lazer
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, Live, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Unknown), Spanish (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (139 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JXY2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Great Muppet Caper" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Muppetisms featuring: Kermit the Frog, Floyd, Statler, Waldorf & Animal
  • Digetally Mastered
  • Bonus Trailers

Editorial Reviews

A full-length musical starring the Muppets. Investigative reporters Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear hunt down a band of jewel thieves in London, who have stolen the famous Baseball Diamond and framed Miss Piggy for the theft. Academy Award Nominations: Best Original Song ("The First Time It Happens")

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, great laughs, and great muppets April 5, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I've only seen this movie on a recorded-off-TV format, but this is probably one of the funniest movies you can see (at least with Kermit the Frog in the starring role), and certainly the best Muppet movie, as far as I'm concerned.
The movie begins with Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo in a balloon, floating high above the city, reading the credits as they roll. ("Kermit? What does B.S.C. stand for?" "I dunno..." and "Nobody really reads these do they?" "Well sure they do. They all have families.")
Once the credits finish, the balloon plummets to the street, where the trio introduce the movie with a large song-and-dance number amidst a chaotic street scene, complete with a robbery on set!
The rest of the movie is loads of laughs as Kermit and his friends travel to England for their newspaper to interview Lady Holiday (Diana Rigg). Their Muppet entourage grows when the three book their stay at the Happiness Hotel, a run-down England hotel occupied by a crew of lazy Muppets.
Kermit, Fozzie, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, Animal, Dr. Teeth and the whole gang eventually team up to foil Lady Holiday's brother (Charles Grodin) and his three partners in crime from stealing the fabulous Baseball Diamond at the Mallory Gallery. It's pure, hilarious, and classic Muppet mayhem.
Kiddos and adults one and all will most likely enjoy this movie, and you don't have to worry about any unclean humor whatsoever.
I'm in my late teens and I still laugh at this movie. Definitely worth the money.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars everything you'd ever want in a Muppet movie August 27, 2002
"The Great Muppet Caper" is not the definative Muppet film (check out "The Muppet Movie" [1979] for that distinction) but it is a very solid outing from Kermit and the gang. The celebrity performances and cameos (even Jim Henson, Muppet creator, shows up) are well-done, with just enough campiness to make them funny for kids, but just enough restraint to keep it interesting for adults. The bike riding scene in the park is first rate, as is the Esther Williams-style water dancing sequence with Miss Piggy as its star.
In short, this British-influened slice of cinema is more sophisticated than the aforementioned "Muppet Movie" and less silly than the subsequent films. It's a great choice. Buy it without hesitation.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YYYYEEEEAAAAAA!!!!! August 24, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There was an error in the press release about these movies. They will be in both WIDESCREEN and Full Frame formats :)

An email I eceived from Disney...

"Thank you for your e-mail regarding MUPPETS DVDs. We appreciate your interest.

In celebration of Kermit's 50th Anniversary, THE MUPPET CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUPPET MOVIE, THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER, and MUPPET TREASURE ISLAND will be released on Disney DVD. These titles will be released in both Widescreen and Fullframe formats and are tentatively scheduled to be released on November 29, 2005.

Please visit our website at [...] for further details."
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Any movie that features the Muppet gang is going to be great, but the ones produced while Jim was still below the scenes are the best. This movie has so many wonderful moments -- the background nonsense during "Hey, a movie!", Gonzo's demonstration of how to hail a cab, Statler and Waldorf's heckling, the way people can't tell Kermit and Fozzy apart, and a hilarious cameo by Peter Falk...just to name a few. And it even has Charles Grodin before he became a boring late night talk show host. Terrific fun!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tons of Family Fun - Henson/Oz At Their Best May 26, 2006
By Bree
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have to say this is one of my favorite movies of all-time since I was a little girl. The Great Muppet Caper is one of the rare movies today where you can sit down with your children, laugh, have a good time, and not have to worry about any "uncomfortable" moments. Tons of singing, dancing, and wise-cracks. This movie is sure to have kids and parents entertained.

So why did I give TGMC only four stars? It's not the movie per se ... I was just a bit disappointed with picture quality. Since this DVD is a special "anniversary edition" I was hoping it would've been digitally remastered since it had originally only been available on VHS. In my opinion (I have 2 plasma screen TVs in my home and 1 flat screen) the picture quality is just so-so; it could definitely be better. Other than that issue, this movie deserves 5 stars!

Anyone else notice this?
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Message From Mr. Movie Buff August 16, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The second besst Muppet Movie ever! This movie stars Kermit and Fozzie as twin newspaper reporters, and Gonzo as thier photographer. After losing their jobs, the trio travels to England to solve the case of Lady Holiday's jewel thefts. While there, Kermit meets Miss Piggy and has a great adventure after Miss Piggy is framed, and Kermit, Fozzie, and Gonzo along with the rest of the gang have to work to bring the real thieves to justice! This was definitely one of the best mysteries I've ever seen, and would have been my favorite Muppet Movie, but The Muppets Take Manhattan edged it out. I loved the story, the Muppets couldn't have been funnier, and you just had to love Animal! A movie for all types.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ester Williams, eat your heart out. August 23, 2002
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Only kidding Ester, but the swimming sequence with Miss Piggy to me is worth the whole entire movie. The song is beautiful and the orchestration is powerful and mind blowing and the 5.1 stereo sound with Charles and Kermit battling over for Miss Piggy in that swimming scene gives me goose-flesh every time i watch it.Artistically these muppet movies are a wonderful combination of live people, great props and scenery, lavish costumes, wonderful music and really great story lines. Even at age 54 i find these movies a wonderful escape from hectic days and are just a joy to watch. Who would ever think "the muppets" would endure these several decades. Jim Henson was a wonderful man and to bad his life was cut so short.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 26 days ago by Dale E. Komanec
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Muppet Movie
So Great!!!! Childhood Favorite.
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Persen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Love the Muppets! Although I must admit, my husband & I enjoy this movie more than our kids do.
Published 1 month ago by VP
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kids enjoyed the movie, found it to be very creative.
Published 2 months ago by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by john j mameletzi
5.0 out of 5 stars A Muppet Classic (redundant, I know)
The Great Muppet Caper is a really solid Muppet offering. I thought the plot moved along effectively so as to retain my interest. The film has plenty of action. Read more
Published 3 months ago by gTrain
5.0 out of 5 stars LOL CLEVER
A classic Muppet production with the usual characters cast in a story of mystery and intrigue Muppet style. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Frequent amazon Buyer
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok for Kids under 10 - A BigYawn for Adults
I guess even Ms Piggy can get old after a while even if she's a favorite from years ago. A sometimes humorous, sometimes off-key musical that's just human enough and silly enough... Read more
Published 3 months ago by R. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun!
Hey it's a Muppet movie. What more can I say? Great way to cheer someone up on a rainy day.
Published 5 months ago by JMD
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars!
Great quality disc, great movie! It's a classic I love sharing with my kids! So glad to have found it on DVD!
Published 5 months ago by Brianna Garcia
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