Today in Movie History: December 11

“You can’t handle the truth!” Okay, maybe you can. Rob Reiner’s rip-roaring military courtroom drama A Few Good Men hit theaters today in 1992. The same day, the Muppets delivered their version of A Christmas Carol, with Michael Caine playing Scrooge. Besides the film itself (which is good holiday fun), it marked the first movie appearance of Kermit the Frog since his creator Jim Henson passed away. (Kermit’s duties were taken over by Steve Whitmire, who’s played The Green One ever since.) The film was dedicated to Henson and Richard Hunt, who had played Scooter, Beaker and Janice, among others. (Hunt died of complications due to AIDS about a year before The Muppet Christmas Carol was released.)

Six years later, in 1998, Sam Raimi made a huge splash with the release of A Simple Plan: proving to the world that he could do a whole lot more than Evil Dead sequels. And one year previous, in 1991, Steven Spielberg released Hook: perhaps the worst film in his storied and often brilliant career. (Midlife crisis? You’re soaking in it!)


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