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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?


Jonathan Freeman:  Broadway's Roger De Bris makes a brief cameo as the ticket taker. See more »


Where Max and Leo are in the park, and Max is begging Leo to do the scheme with him, the shadow of the trees changes. When the camera zooms out, the shadows are all over the ground in front of the fountain. When the camera zooms out again momentarily, the shadow is completely gone. See more »


Ulla: Remember ven Ulla Dance?
Leo BloomMax Bialystock: Ja.
Ulla: Ulla dance again!
Max Bialystock: ULLA DANCE AGAIN!
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Crazy Credits

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Referenced in Who Do You Think You Are?: Matthew Broderick (2010) See more »


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Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Performed by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick
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Felt like being on Broadway
9 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What an Excellent film! I went to an advance screening and left with my jaw aching from all the laughing and grinning.

At first, it felt the film was just the play in front of the camera, but the style eventually worked, turning the movie audience into a Broadway audience. At times, the director took the actors outside almost as a fun way of saying "see? with a camera, we can now move around!" Nonetheless, by the time we get to the most famous musical number, the audience was applauding and cheering after each song. During the credits, it felt like a curtain call with applauds for each actor.

So much fun and very deserving of the name Mel Brooks this film is great for the holidays (with the more adult jokes being concealed in song, and only minor swearing) older children and teenagers should get a kick out of this fast paced, fun, and very memorable film.

Also, just a bit of advice: stay until the end of the credits.

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