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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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Usherette / Girl With Pearls / Little Old Lady / Bavarian Peasant
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Usherette / Girl With Pearls / Little Old Lady / Tapping Brown Shirt
Kevin Ligon ...
Workman / Little Old Lady
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Storyline

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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25 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Producers: The Movie Musical  »

Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,015,227 (Australia) (13 January 2006)

Gross:

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

Some of the little old ladies are actually men. See more »

Goofs

In the dance number with the old ladies, Bialystock and the ladies cross Fifth Avenue, which is shown as one way. Fifth Avenue did not become one way until January 14, 1966. The film takes place in 1959. See more »

Quotes

Franz Liebkind: [making Max and Leo take the Siegfried Oath] All right. First you will raise your right forefingers, und repeat after me.
[they do]
Franz Liebkind: I solemnly svear...
Leo BloomMax Bialystock: [holding up their forefingers] I solemnly svear...
Franz Liebkind: To obey ze Zacred Siegfried Oas...
Leo BloomMax Bialystock: To obey ze Zacred Siegfried Oas...
Franz Liebkind: Und!
Max Bialystock: [switching to his Middle Finger] Und!
Leo Bloom: [switching to his Middle Finger] Und!
Franz Liebkind: [wagging his finger] Never, Never, Never!
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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 »

Connections

References Blazing Saddles (1974) 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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Zero Would Be Proud
19 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mel Brooks, the comic genius of the late twentieth century, comes off great with this new production of his classic musical. Nathan Lane is a wonderful and wacky producer who rescues Matthew Broderick from a life of accounting boredom and makes him his understudy. They scheme to put on the biggest flop ever so they can close after one day and flee to Rio with the sponsors' $2 million. Of course, things don't turn out as they plan. Along the way, Uma Thurman displays her considerable charms along with a host of fine dancers and singers, from Neo-Nazis to Sing Sing prisoners to drag queens in full costume. Mel Brooks really knew how to brighten the day among the gloomy tedium of more sober folks who were trying to save the world or just merely trying to make a living. So here is another tipsy triumph of the master, beautifully realized and sung and danced by this splendid cast of multi-talented actors and actresses.


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