The Muppets Take Manhattan

Release Date: 1984

DVD Release Date: June 5th, 2001

G |1 hr 34 min

Plot Summary

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: James Coco, Joan Rivers, Brooke Shields, Dabney Coleman, Art Carney, Gregory Hines, Linda Lavin, Louis Zorich

Director: Frank Oz

Genres: Children , Comedy

Production Co: Delphi II, Henson Associates, TriStar Pictures

Keywords: Pursuit, Charming, Daughter, Cheeky, Heartwarming, Hilarious, 1980s, Rise

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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 by a right hook from Miss Piggy. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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 stars on Broadway!" The fact that this plot is not original does not deter you, Kermit, nor should it. It's still a good plot. show more

  • 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]

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