This week’s midnight movie at the Sunshine Cinema offers a special four-night holiday run of The Muppets Take Manhattan. Eleanor Mannikka, in the All Movie Guide, writes, “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.” The classic musical delight is the third in the Muppets feature film series and was the last film shot with the muppets before Jim Henson’s death. It was the first film direct soley by Frank Oz (who also performs Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and Animal). $9.99 // Screenings start at midnight // 143 E. Houston.
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