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
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Mel Brooks: [The Producers] This was Mel Brooks' first movie. All of Brooks's future movies make at least one reference to this one, some with bits of a musical and others by referring to Nazi Germany. See more »
When Max and Leo are about to enter Franz's apartment building, a pretty woman passes by and they check her out. In the distance, a young man exits another building; as the woman gets closer to him, they obviously don't know one another. When Max and Leo leave Franz and walk onto the same sidewalk in front of the building, the very same pretty woman can be seen walking towards them; what's more, she is with the same young man who was exiting the building, and now they are a "couple." See more »
Don't you see, darling Bloom, glorious Bloom? It's so simple. STEP ONE: We find the worst play ever written, a surefire flop. STEP TWO: I raise a million bucks. Lots of little old ladies out there. STEP THREE: You go back to work on the books, two of them - one for the government, one for us. You can do it, Bloom; you're a wizard! STEP FOUR: We open on Broadway. And before you can say STEP FIVE, we *close* on Broadway! STEP SIX: We take our million bucks and fly to *Rio!*
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Zero Mostel is listed in the closing credits simply as "Zero". See more »
This is a classic film with wonderful performances all around (although I didn't take to Dick Shawn's as much as the others). Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder were perfect casting as was Christopher Hewitt (later to be known as TV's "Mr. Belvedere"). What's even more impressive are the various elements of truth that are beneath the histerical if not obsurbed storyline. The current Broadway hit doesn't compete with this film. The performances are good on stage but not as wonderful as here. Due to long term business problems this film wasn't released for home video and cable until much later then it should have been. Outright broad comedy and silliness belong in our daily lives and this film offers them very well. EVERYONE should see this film!
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