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The Producers (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Musical | 25 December 2005 (USA)
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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Rated PG-13 for sexual humor and references | See all certifications »

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The Producers: The Movie Musical  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$19,377,727 (USA) (17 February 2006)
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Nathan Lane won the 2001 Tony Award for best actor in a musical beating out his partner Matthew Broderick. Both recreated their roles in the film. Other actors that were included in the film from the stage production are Roger Bart, Gary Beach, Brad Oscar, Jim Borstelmann, Madeline Doherty, Bryn Dowling, Kathy Fitzgerald, Robert Fowler, Kimberly Hester, Charley King, Naomi Kakuk, Kevin Ligon, Peter Marinos, Mike McGowan, Jennifer Smith, Jenny Lynn Suckling, Tracy Terstriep and Courtney Young. Three actors were nominated for the 2001 Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical: Gary Beach who won, Roger Bart and Brad Oscar. See more »

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When Max is trying to convince Leo to join him in the park, the couple behind them disappears and reappears in different places between shots. See more »

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Franz Liebkind: [at end of credits] Don't forget to buy "Mein Kampf" in paper back. Avaliable near you... at Borders Books... or Barnes and Noble... und Amazon.com
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Crazy Credits

For the closing credits, Will Ferrell (in the character of Franz Liebkind) recorded "The Hop-Clop Goes On" - a slower version of "Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop" that parodies "My Heart Will Go On" from "Titanic" right down to the cheesy instrumentals. At the end of the song, Franz whispers to the audience: "Don't forget to purchase 'Mein Kampf' in paperback. You can find it at Borders... or Barnes and Noble...und Amazon.com" See more »

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Spoofs Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Prisoners of Love
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
(Sing Sing) Performed by Kevin Ligon, Jimmy Smagula, Will Ferrell,
Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Sing Sing Convicts
(Broadway) Performed by Uma Thurman, Gary Beach and Broadway Prisoners
(Leo & Max) Performed by Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Finale Chorus
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Total disaster on toast
14 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

Nothing is more arrogant than a film that assumes it's going to be a hit before it even goes into production. Such a disaster is this musical remake of "The Producers." Stagebound, presentational instead of reactive, and more leaden than an Iron Cross, it betrays everything about the 1968 classic -- not to mention raising questions how anything this klunky could ever work, must less be a hit, on the Broadway stage. Reportedly, Mel Brooks was distracted during filming by his wife's illness and death, and that director Susan Stroman didn't have the clout to override his in absentia presence. Never mind that the new third act ending betrays the first two. Never mind that Lane and Broderick never develop the father-son relationship that Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder did, and which drove the story. Never mind that the musical numbers are not only forgettable, but extraneous. Never mind that the 11 o'clock number is over by 10:59. Never mind that Nathan Lane is made up to look like a Hirschfeld drawing. Never mind that Matthew Broderick is a human marshmallow. Mever mind that Uma Thurman sucks the energy out of movies that she's not even in. Never mind that -- oh, never mind. Like a dumb horror movie where the girl heads up to the attic and you know the monster's there waiting for her but she goes up anyway, "The Producers" is its own train wreck, devoid of any sense of self-awareness, let alone the major one: that it needs an audience.


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