Down 90 this week

The Producers (1967)

PG  |   |  Comedy  |  10 November 1968 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.7/10 from 37,928 users   Metascore: 97/100
Reviews: 239 user | 83 critic | 5 from Metacritic.com

Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.



Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that he is not as insane as people believe, travels to his family's home country and discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Marty Feldman
The Producers (2005)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.

Director: Susan Stroman
Stars: Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Uma Thurman
Silent Movie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A film director and his strange friends struggle to produce the first major silent feature film in forty years.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman, Dom DeLuise
High Anxiety (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mel Brooks' parody of Alfred Hitchcock films.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Mel Brooks brings his one-of-a-kind comic touch to the history of mankind covering events from the Old Testament to the French Revolution in a series of episodic comedy vignettes.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, Gregory Hines, Dom DeLuise
Certificate: GP Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1920s Soviet Russia, a fallen aristocrat, a priest and a con artist search for a treasure of jewels hidden inside one of twelve dining chairs, lost during the revolution.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, Ron Moody, Frank Langella
Spaceballs (1987)
Adventure | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Planet Spaceballs' President Skroob sends Lord Dark Helmet to steal planet Druidia's abundant supply of air to replenish their own, and only Lone Starr can stop them.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Mel Brooks, John Candy, Rick Moranis
Adventure | Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A spoof of Robin Hood in general and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) in particular.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Cary Elwes, Richard Lewis, Roger Rees
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion. His wife has the habit of entertaining young Polish officers while ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Johnson
Stars: Mel Brooks, Anne Bancroft, Ronny Graham
Comedy | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Mel Brooks' parody of the classic vampire story and its famous film adaptations.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Mel Brooks, Peter MacNicol
Airplane! (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick.

Directors: Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Robert Hays, Julie Hagerty, Leslie Nielsen


Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Bialystock (as Zero in closing credits)
Andréas Voutsinas ...
Carmen Ghia (as Andreas Voutsinas)
Eva Braun (as Renee Taylor)
David Patch ...
The Drunk (as Bill Hickey)
Shimen Ruskin ...
The Landlord
Frank Campanella ...
The Bartender
Josip Elic ...


Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom reviews Max's accounting books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop. The play which is to be their gold mine? "Springtime for Hitler." Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Hollywood Never Faced a Zanier Zero Hour! See more »




PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

10 November 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mel Brooks' The Producers  »

Box Office


$941,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,091 (USA) (7 June 2002)


$111,866 (USA) (10 January 2003)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


(Pathécolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


At one point when reading scripts, Max reads the line "Gregor Samsa awoke one morning to find he'd been transformed into a gigantic cock-roach". This is the first line of the book "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka. "The Metamorphosis" was later adapted as a stage play and an opera. See more »


After Bialystock and Bloom enter Roger de Bris' house, Carmen Ghia immediately asks them to take off their shoes to keep the white carpet clean. While on a shot of their faces, we see them both take off their shoes and hear audio to that effect. Yet when they get into the small elevator immediately after and in s subsequent scenes with Roger de Bris, they are obviously wearing shoes. See more »


Hold me, Touch me: I heard the Count fired you this morning - watch the road, watch the road.
Max Bialystock: [stops making car noises] Oh, Countess, I can't take my eyes off you! How can I drive when you drive me mad? Mad!
[continues making car noises]
Hold me, Touch me: Oh, Rudolpho, you dirty pig!
Hold me, Touch me: Pull over.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Zero Mostel is listed in the closing credits simply as "Zero". See more »


Referenced in Terror 2000 - Intensivstation Deutschland (1994) See more »


Music Norman Blagman
Lyrics Herbert Hartig (as Herb Hartig)
Performed by Dick Shawn (uncredited)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

How to succeed in show business without really trying
7 February 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Leave it to Leo Bloom to figure out the possibilities in having the worst show on Broadway, and yet, make a bundle by collecting a small fortune from innocent old ladies investing their savings in it. It's no wonder Max Bialystock jumps for joy upon hearing about how to really succeed in show business without really trying!

This 1968 version of Mel Brooks' "The Producers" is a much better film than the recent one unveiled at the end of 2005. We had watched the original movie some time ago and we thought it was quite funny. On second viewing though, some of the fun one had that first time, seems to have disappeared somehow. It seems inconceivable, but this time we found little to laugh about, although this version should have been the definite one because of the presence of Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder is far superior than the stars seen on the latest version.

Zero Mostel was a colossus in the New York stage. He was a man who could do anything at all and still give an honest performance to everything he did. It was Mr. Mostel's misfortune to have been blacklisted at a time where his career was at an all time high. When film work stopped, Mr. Mostel had the theater to go back. Who knows how far this actor would have gone if he hadn't been a victim of the McCarthym that ruined many lives.

Zero Mostel made a creation out of Max Bialystock. This was a man who had seen better days in his producing career days and now finds himself dodging his creditors because he doesn't have the money to pay his debts and has to rely in his stable of old ladies for living. Zero Mostel was the perfect man to play this larger than life character.

Gene Wilder, whose second film this is, showed from the beginning to be a genius in the movies. His Leo Bloom was an excellent creation and his chemistry with Zero Mostel seems to be real. The film owes a great deal of its success to Gene Wilder who acts as the straight man.

In supporting roles we see Kenneth Mars as the lunatic author of the musical. Christopher Hewett is the gay director who turns the material into a great musical. Lee Meredith makes Ulla fun to watch. Dick Shawn who plays Hitler, makes a good impression. Also some other faces in the cast, Estelle Winwood, Renee Taylor, William Hickey, Frank Campanella, Madelyn Cates, all New York based actors with long experience in the stage and screen.

Mel Brooks was going for laughs, and at times, he succeeds brilliantly.

12 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Dick Shawn - Robin Williams? chismjer
Rated 7.7? Really?? gosh717
Favourite Quote/Moment Parasitegames
Can someone explain what's so illegal? robert48-1
Love Flower song leonesio
Greatest of all Time - GOAT - Best comedies. Jeff_34
Discuss The Producers (1967) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: