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Writer:
Mel Brooks (written by)
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Release Date:
10 November 1968 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The Producers: 9/10 See more (231 total) »

Cast

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Zero Mostel ... Max Bialystock (also as Zero)

Gene Wilder ... Leo Bloom

Dick Shawn ... 'L.S.D.' - Lorenzo St. DuBois

Kenneth Mars ... Franz Liebkind

Lee Meredith ... Ulla

Christopher Hewett ... Roger De Bris
Andréas Voutsinas ... Carmen Ghia (as Andreas Voutsinas)

Estelle Winwood ... 'Hold Me Touch Me'

Renée Taylor ... Eva Braun (as Renee Taylor)
David Patch ... Goebbels

William Hickey ... The Drunk (as Bill Hickey)

Barney Martin ... Göring
Shimen Ruskin ... The Landlord
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 ... Lady
Lisa Kirk ... Lady (as Elsie Kirk)
Nell Harrison ... Lady
Mary Love ... Lady
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernie Allen ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)
Rusty Blitz ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)
John Braden ... Bar Patron (uncredited)

Mel Brooks ... Singer in 'Springtime for Hitler' (voice) (uncredited)
Ron Charles ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)
Mae Crane ... Showgirl (uncredited)
Robert Dahdah ... Theatre Audience Member (uncredited)
Michael Davis ... Production Tenor (uncredited)

Diana Eden ... Showgirl (uncredited)
David Evans ... Lead Dancer (uncredited)
Anthony Gardell ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)
Hank Garrett ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Linda Gillen ... Sax Player (uncredited)
Trent Gough ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)
Zale Kessler ... Jason Green (uncredited)
Mary Loane ... Women in Theatre; investor (uncredited)

Bill Macy ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Lore Noto ... Audience Member (uncredited)
Patrick Owens ... Theatre Orchestra Pit Conductor (uncredited)

Robert Paget ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)
Arthur Rubin ... Auditioning Hitler (uncredited)

Tucker Smith ... Lead Dancer (uncredited)
Clifton Steere ... Nazi in Play (uncredited)
Bud Truland ... Whiskey Sours Orderer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mel Brooks 
 
Writing credits
Mel Brooks (written by)

Produced by
Sidney Glazier .... producer
Jack Grossberg .... associate producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Morris 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Coffey (director of photography) (as Joseph Coffey)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Rosenblum 
 
Casting by
Alfa-Betty Olsen 
 
Production Design by
Charles Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
James Dalton 
 
Costume Design by
Gene Coffin 
 
Makeup Department
Irving Buchman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Robert Porter .... production supervisor: Embassy Pictures & Universal Marion Corp.
Louis A. Stroller .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Danzig .... second assistant director
Michael Hertzberg .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Eli Aharoni .... carpenter
Shelly Bartolini .... scenic artist
Joe Williams Sr. .... construction (as Joseph Williams)
 
Sound Department
Willard W. Goodman .... production sound (as Willard Goodman)
Alan Heim .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward R. Brown .... camera operator (as Edward Brown)
Edward Engels .... set grip
Morton Novak .... gaffer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Celia Bryant .... wardrober
 
Editorial Department
Michael Breddan .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Felix Giglio .... music supervisor
John Morris .... conductor
Frank Kulaga .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Buchman .... assistant to producer
Elinor Bunin .... title designer
Alan Johnson .... choreographer
Joseph E. Levine .... presenter
Connie Schoenberg .... production secretary
Betty Todd .... script supervisor
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Dustin Hoffman was set to play Franz Liebkind, but declined when he got the part of Benjamin in The Graduate (1967). Brooks only allowed Hoffman the chance to go off to the audition for the film because his wife (Anne Bancroft) was in it, and Brooks was familiar enough with the role of Benjamin to know Hoffman was utterly wrong for it (as written) and would never be cast.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Max buzzes for Ulla to get the car, she appears literally 2 seconds later. There's no way she could have been in the outer office.See more »
Quotes:
Max Bialystock:This pin used to hold a pearl the size of your eye. Look at me now, LOOK AT ME NOW! I'm wearing a cardboard belt!See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in The Seducers (1992) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Die Wacht am RheinSee more »

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39 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
The Producers: 9/10, 9 July 2003
Author: movieguy1021 (Movieguy1021@comcast.net) from Anywhere, USA

When you see a movie once and think it's hilarious, that's a good sign. When you see a movie about a half-dozen times and think it's still hilarious, that's more than a good sign. That means that not only can you put up with seeing it multiple times, but you also find new things that you didn't see before. Plus, there are some scenes that are too hilarious not to laugh at! The chemistry between stars doesn't hurt, either. What movie am I talking about? Mel Brooks' The Producers, his most sustained and inspired piece of lunacy!

Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel have amazing chemistry as meek accountant Leo Bloom and scheming Broadway producer Max Bialystock. Max seduces little old ladies for checks, and when Leo comes into his office one day, he finds that a producer can make more money with a flop instead of a hit. They decide to do his ploy, and create the world's worst play, Springtime for Hitler (a gay romp with Adolf and Eva), and meet interesting characters, including author Franz Liebkind (Kenneth Mars), director Roger DeBris (Christopher Hewett), and their Hitler, Lorenzo St.DuBois, aka L.S.D. (Dick Shawn).

What makes this comedy such a gem is its mixture of types of comedy. There is slapstick, there's satire, there's bad taste, and everything but the kitchen sink! The scenes I have seen so many times, but what makes me love them is how they, mainly Wilder, play their roles. Wilder is somewhat crazy, and relies on his blanket to calm himself down. Not only does he have comic perfection, he's a darned good actor to boot! Mostel is great as the would-be sleazy loser-producer, with eye movements that put Silent Bob to shame and a great voice.

The songs in it are great, also. Two of them were written by Brooks himself, `Springtime for Hitler' (with which I have auditioned for a role in a musical with) and `Prisoners of Love'. They're both very funny (real Brooks-ian) (note to Merriam-Webster: include that word right next to `bling-bling'). It's not exactly a musical, but The Producers is in a class of its own. Long live The Producers!

My rating: 9/10

Rated PG for bad taste and homosexual themes.

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