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Muppet movie at Murphy Library, Thursday, April 4 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Posted on: April 1, 2013

 When director Martin Scorsese’s mother Catherine was alive she would cook for his film crew. And often she and his father, Charles, would have walk-on parts in his films. “What,” you will ask “does that have to do with a Muppet movie?”

The Murphy Library is showing the 1984 Muppet movie, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Thursday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Running time is 94 minutes and it is rated G. This time the Muppets find themselves in New York trying to get their big break on Broadway. The voice of the late Jim Henson can be heard as Kermit, Ernie, the Swedish Chef and a few others he made famous.

Ed Koch, the late mayor of New York, shows up in the film. So do Art Carney, Dabney Coleman, Gregory Hines, Liza Minnelli, and Brooke Shields.

Joan Rivers has the perfect role for herself as a fast-talking workmate of Miss Piggy. 

Which brings us back to Charles and Catherine Scorsese.  Even they have walk-on roles in this Muppet movie.  Perhaps the Muppets were hoping for a hot meal? Then, again, they do have the Swedish Chef on staff.

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