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The Producers (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Musical  |  25 December 2005 (USA)
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After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.



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New York, 1959. Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. Things turn around when he's visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. To this end, they produce a musical called Springtime for Hitler written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. Finally, they hire as a lead actress the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (whose last name has over 15 syllables). As opening night draws near, what can go wrong? Well, there's no accounting for taste... Written by rmlohner

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Comedy | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual humor and references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Producers: The Movie Musical  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$154,590 (USA) (16 December 2005)


$19,377,727 (USA) (17 February 2006)

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Did You Know?


Being the first major film shot in the new Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, NY, the crew had to endure the completion of construction. The studio was only 90% complete when they moved in and there were still leaks in the roof. The crew made suggestions such as expanding make-up rooms. The suggestions were acted upon and the crew finished with resounding success in the new stage. See more »


After Ulla has painted the office white, when Max opens the safe, the inside of the safe has also been painted, which means Ulla would need to know the combination. See more »


Franz Liebkind: This is no good. I'm not killing anybody. YOU MUST CO OPERATE!
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Crazy Credits

Showgirls from Bloom's dream sequence during the accounting office number dance around some of the closing credits. See more »


Referenced in Two and a Half Men: Young People Have Phlegm Too (2007) See more »

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It's Springtime For Hitler Again!
17 January 2006 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

First, there was Mel Brooks' clever movie "The Producers." That got adapted into a Tony-winning stage musical. Then the musical became adapted into a movie. This hilarious spectacle is sure to please! Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, the same roles they made famous on Broadway. Lane is a riot, channeling Zero Mostel's bombastic character. Meanwhile, Broderick surprises as he does a decent take on Gene Wilder's original hysterical act. Will Ferrell scores laughs as Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind, and Uma Thurman puts in a good song and dance as Swedish sexpot Ulla. The movie perfectly catches the style of the old-fashioned musical, with a large serving of slapstick. This snappy production is sure to be a hit with everyone!

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