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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

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

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25 December 2005 (USA)  »

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The Producers: The Movie Musical  »

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Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

According to director Susan Stroman, the outdoor scene where Max tries to convince Leo to join his scheme had to be moved to the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park from the Revson Fountain at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, because this version of the film was set in 1959, not 1967 like the original movie The Producers (1967), and the Lincoln Center wasn't built until 1964. See more »

Goofs

In the courtroom, the patterns on Leo's colorful tie change repeatedly between shots. See more »

Quotes

Max Bialystock: Franz Liebkind?
[Franz slams his back against the pigeon roost]
Franz Liebkind: [yells] I vaz never a member of the Nazi party! I had nossing to do vith the var! I didn't even know there vas a var on! Vee lived in zee back... near Svitzerland! All vee ever heard vas yodeling!
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Crazy Credits

After the credits finish, cast members from the film (including a cameo by Mel Brooks) sing the number "Goodbye!", which is sung in the stage version at the conclusion of the curtain call. See more »

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Soundtracks

Der Guten Tag Hop Clop
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Performed by Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Will Ferrell
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Springtime is delightful, in Germany (and for the audience)
19 March 2006 | by (Cape Town, South Africa) – See all my reviews

What a fantastic surprise. I've seen Luke-warm reviews about this film, largely saying that the theatrical basis (the Broadway show) is oh-so-evident. Well, in my opinion, this is one of the film's strengths. It's a well-intentioned performance and is close enough to the original Producers, and so unlike it, that the musical remake is justified.

I love musicals, especially musical comedy. This film is a sop to the musical comedy, with good performances from the leads, and Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell, who all appear to be enjoying themselves.

The central (staged) number "Springtime for Hitler" is brilliantly choreographed, with suitably outrageous costumes. Gary Beach as a brilliantly camp Hitler completes this excellent scene. And the bratwurst!! The editing in this sequence - camera panning to the gob-smacked audience is brilliant. This is a film that salutes and spoofs musicals. It's an absolute delight


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