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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fred Applegate had a run as Max Bialystock in the London production of the play. See more »


When Leo knocks on Max's door at the beginning of the movie, you see him knocking with his right hand. Later the angle changes and you see that Leo is knocking with his left hand and has a bag and coat on his right hand. See more »


Leo Bloom: [sung] I wanna be a producer... 'Cause it's everything I'm not
Accountants: [sung] Unhappy... unhappy... So unhappy
Leo and Accountants: [sung] Very very very very very very very...
Accountants: [sung] Sad.
Leo Bloom: [sung] I wanna be a producer...
Leo Bloom: Hold everything! What I am I doing here? Mr. Bialystock was right! There is a lot more to me than there is to me! Stop the world, I wanna get on!
Mr. Marks: Bloom, where do you think you're going? You've already had your toilet break.
Leo Bloom: I'm not going in the toilet... I'm going in SHOW BUSINESS! Mr. Marks, I've got ...
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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 »


'Til Him
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Performed by Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane and Little Old Ladies
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just fantastic
7 January 2006 | by (vero Beach, Fl) – See all my reviews

If i could give it an 11 out of a possible 10 I would give it that... the entire production was wonderful.. i would watch it again...and that is something i do only with very few movies. Nathan Lane steals the show with his wonderful performance. The performance by the actor portraying the gay director is a model of what a supporting actor should be.

The scene showing the actual production of the play was a masterpiece and only Mel Brooks could do it justice.

Uma Thurman gives a stellar performance and almost steals the show.

I can not say enough good things about this movie.

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