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The Producers (1967)

PG | | Comedy | 10 November 1968 (USA)
Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

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Cast

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Eva Braun (as Renee Taylor)
David Patch ...
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The Drunk (as Bill Hickey)
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Göring
Shimen Ruskin ...
Frank Campanella ...
The Bartender
Josip Elic ...
Violinist
Madelyn Cates ...
Concierge (as Madlyn Cates)
John Zoller ...
Drama Critic
Brutus Peck ...
Hot Dog Vendor
Anne Ives ...
Lady
Amelie Barleon ...
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Lisa Kirk ...
Lady (as Elsie Kirk)
Nell Harrison ...
Lady
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Storyline

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>

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Once upon a time there was a Broadway producer...who met a "creative" but timid accountant. Together they concocted the most outrageous $1,000,000 scheme in the annals of Show Biz. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$941,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,091, 9 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$111,866, 12 January 2003
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(Pathécolor) (uncredited)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Mel Brooks, being a first time director, was often challenged in his creative decisions by Zero Mostel who had his own ideas about staging and performance after years of experience on the stage and in film. Brooks was used to the lightning pace of live television and could easily get impatient with the slowness of a film shoot. Zero, in turn, often offered unsolicited advice to Brooks on how he should direct a scene. The two lashed out at each other occasionally, but there was a mutual respect. Any animosity on the set was short lived. See more »

Goofs

On opening night, the shots of people getting out of their cars show the Cort Theatre on the other side of the street. There is now no theatre across the street from the Cort but until 1969 it was Broadway's Playhouse Theater. See more »

Quotes

Lorenzo St. DuBois: [after Goebbels throws a reefer into a vase, and a large explosion occurs] They try; man, how they try!
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Das Lied der Deutschen
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Music by Joseph Haydn (1791)
Lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben (1841)
Sung by Kenneth Mars
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Zany Mel Brooks comedy is over-the-top laugh riot...
20 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

There are so many laughs in THE PRODUCERS (long before Mel Brooks lost his magic touch), that you'll be in tears by the time Brooks gets to his "Springtime for Hitler" routine. ZERO MOSTEL's early scenes with ESTELLE WINWOOD are hilarious enough, but he and GENE WILDER top themselves by the time you get to the frantic ending.

LEE MEREDITH is the curvy Ulla who can shake a mean hip and DICK SHAWN is the hilariously daffy Lorenzo St. DuBois (LSD for short), and everyone in the cast has a fine time delivering over-the-top performances in the spirit in which this sort of satire requires.

The story is simply that of a producer running short on cash who devises a scheme whereby if he produces the worst musical in the world, he can actually get his investment back and then some. He convinces his mild-mannered bookkeeper GENE WILDER to join him in the scheme and then the fun gets off to a great start.

The climactic "Springtime for Hitler" is just one of the delirious highlights (if politically incorrect by today's standards), and is probably the reason so many of the comments here resent the film and everything it stands for. But there's no getting away from it--the script is downright brilliant and original--winning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and numerous other writing awards including an award from The Writer's Guild of America.

Summing up: Mel Brooks at his wittiest.


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