The Great Muppet Caper

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The Great Muppet Caper is a 1981 British-American mystery musical comedy film in which Kermit, Gonzo and Fozzie are reporters who travel to Britain to interview a rich victim of jewel thieves and help her along with her secretary, Miss Piggy.

Directed by Jim Henson. Written by Jerry Juhl, Tom Patchett, Jack Rose, and Jay Tarses.

Miss Piggy[edit]

  • [to Nicky] You! It was you! Kermit was right! You're a phony. You're a phony! Yes, you are! And you know what, you can't even sing! Your voice was dubbed!
  • Next time they want stunts, they get a double.


[first lines]

Kermit: [in a hot air balloon] Pretty nice up here, isn't it?
Fozzie: Kermit? What if we drift out to sea? What if we're never heard from again? What if there's a storm? Or - we get struck by lightning?
Gonzo: That'd be neat.
Kermit: Listen, nothing's gonna happen. These are just the opening credits.
Fozzie: Oh. Where are they? [title card appears] Wow!
Kermit: The Great Muppet Caper.
Fozzie: Nice title.

[Kermit is sitting on a bench - a man and his daughter walk by]
Girl: Look, Dad. There's a bear.
Father: No, Christine, that's a frog. Bears wear hats.

Peter Ustinov: What are you doing here?
Oscar the Grouch: A very brief cameo.
Peter Ustinov: Me too.

Fozzie: [pleading] We'll do better next time.
News Editor: Next time? Next time?! [pounds fist into desk] What makes you think there's gonna be a next time?
Kermit: Well, if there isn't, it's gonna be a real short movie.

Miss Piggy: [Lady Holiday has just given Miss Piggy the entire backstory for the movie] Why are you telling me all this?
Lady Holiday: It's plot exposition. It has to go somewhere.

Statler: I guess all's well that ends well.
Waldorf: Doesn't matter to me, as long as it ends.

Kermit: We're going to catch those crooks red-handed. [Beauregard raises his hand] Yes, Bo?
Beauregard: What color are their hands now?

Fozzie: What does "BSC" stand for?
Kermit: I don't know.

Nicky Holiday: Miss Piggy... You're a very different looking woman. I'm so tired of the same type, those tall thin creatures with the long legs, the aquiline noses, the teeth like pearls, soft skin...
Miss Piggy: Yeah, well, I can see where that might make you sick to your stomach.

Miss Piggy: Please don't go. Kermit, please. Oh, please, I'm sorry. Please! Please!
Kermit: Piggy, hold it.
Miss Piggy: Please! Please! Please!
Kermit: Piggy...? Piggy? You're overacting.
Miss Piggy: ... What?
Kermit: You're overacting. You're hamming it up.
Miss Piggy: I am not. I am trying to save this movie.
Kermit: [getting annoyed] Oh, yeah? Well, save your performance instead.
Miss Piggy: I am playing eight hundred different emotions!
Kermit: Well, try to play one of them right.
Miss Piggy: Oh, oh! I have a career of my own.
Kermit: I know all about your career, Pig.
Miss Piggy: I don't need this lousy duck pond here.
Kermit: Sure, you don't need a lousy duck pond.
Miss Piggy: I'll just walk.
Kermit: [angry] Okay, sure. Go ahead and walk.
Miss Piggy: [briefly turning to the camera] Should I walk? Then I'll walk!
Kermit: Walk! Go ahead and walk! [Miss Piggy turns away and whimpers] Oh, Piggy. [He sighs] Listen.
Miss Piggy: [in tears] I'm doing my best.
Kermit: Well... I know you are. [He moves in to comfort her] Piggy, I'm sorry. We gotta get back to the movie, though.
Miss Piggy: [trying to collect herself] All right. All right, all right, all right. [She heaves a heavy sigh and resumes acting]


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