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The Producers (1967)

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

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Eva Braun (as Renee Taylor)
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The Drunk (as Bill Hickey)
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The Bartender
Josip Elic ...
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Concierge (as Madlyn Cates)
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Lisa Kirk ...
Lady (as Elsie Kirk)
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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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$941,000 (estimated)

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

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

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

The left arm of the "concierge" as she leans out her window is down/up between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Searching for the sure-fire flop]
Max Bialystock: "Gregor Samsa awoke one morning to discover that he had been transformed into a giant cockroach." Nah, it's too good.
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Zero Mostel is listed in the closing credits simply as "Zero". See more »

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Featured in New York at the Movies (2002) See more »

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Du, du liegst mir im Herzen
German folk song
[Sung in Franz Liebkind's apartment]
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"Hitler could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon, two coats!"
3 September 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Peter Sellers considered The Producers to be the ultimate film, and he may very well have a point. Mel Brooks's dazzling debut is a classic piece of spiralling insanity that just gets funnier and funnier every time you watch it - there's just so much to enjoy! Much of the non-verbal humour revolves around Zero Mostel - watch in amazement as this great comic genius effortlessly twists his features into configurations you never even knew existed! Gene Wilder is a perfect match for Mostel's booming delivery, turning in a beautifully underplayed study of meek neurosis that makes his occasional lapses into hysteria all the more funny and surprising, in particular his "blue blanket" tantrum. If Mostel is larger than life, then Kenneth Mars as the Hitler-fixated author of "the worst play ever written" is uglier still, a breathtaking depiction of eye-rolling Nazi lunacy complete with tin helmet and the craziest accent this side of FAWLTY TOWERS! Then, just when you think it can't get any more outrageous, that underused and underrated actor Dick Shawn turns up as a spaced-out flower child called (wait for it) LSD and practically steals the film. If you've never seen THE PRODUCERS, do yourself one huge favour and buy a copy today. Then prepare to watch it again and again, laughing louder and louder every time. Altogether now - "Don't be stupid, be a smartie, come and join the Nazi party"!


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