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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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Eva Braun (as Renee Taylor)
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Frank Campanella ...
The Bartender
Josip Elic ...
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Madelyn Cates ...
Concierge (as Madlyn Cates)
John Zoller ...
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Brutus Peck ...
Hot Dog Vendor
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Amelie Barleon ...
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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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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$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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1.37 : 1
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Mel Brooks thought of Dick Shawn to play L.S.D., and the actor accepted for both liking the part and having no work. See more »

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Leo claims in the bar scene that he went from a meaningless accountant one day to the producer of a broadway flop the next. The events of the film shown up to this point could not possibly have taken place in a single day, given that they had to find a flop play, Max had to go seduce several old women, and they had to go about getting the play director, stars for the play, holding rehearsals, and a crew assembling the setpieces for said play. There is simply no way this all fits into a single calendar day. See more »

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Lorenzo St. DuBois: [singing] And I give a flower to the big fat cop / He takes his club and he beats me up / I give a flower to the garbage man / He stuffs my girl in the garbage can / And I give it to the landlord when the rent comes 'round / He throws it in the toilet and he flush it down / It goes into the sewer / With the yuck runnin' through 'er / And it runs into the river that we drink / Hey, world, YOU STINK!
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WE'RE PRISONERS OF LOVE
Words and Music by Mel Brooks
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Zany Mel Brooks comedy is over-the-top laugh riot...
20 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – 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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