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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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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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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$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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Trivia

Nathan Lane exclaims "Wow!" after gargling with Listerine mouthwash, but the "Wow!" after gargling actually stems from a TV commercial by Listerine competitor Lavoris. See more »

Goofs

Hitler's hair alternates between neatly combed to the side and dropping over his eyes between shots during the "Springtime for Hitler" number. See more »

Quotes

Franz Liebkind: This is no good. I'm not killing anybody. YOU MUST CO OPERATE!
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs Singin' in the Rain (1952) See more »

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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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A pleasant surprise
1 January 2006 | by (Manchester, UK) – See all my reviews

After reading critics' reviews I thought twice about seeing this film. But I needn't have worried as this was fantastic entertainment. I don't seem to care that the director has kept the stagy sets and took a literal approach to adapting a stage musical for the big screen. It was a fun time from beginning to end.

While his portrayal of Leo Bloom was too much like Gene Wilder's, Matthew Broderick was simply divine when dancing. Indeed it was an interesting to see the top half of his body so still and rigid while his legs and feet were moving with such poise and grace. Nathan Lane never seems to disappoint, he is simply brilliant. His physical resemblance to Zero Mostel is obvious but the mannerisms are all his own. Uma Thurman is good as Ula and Will Ferrell rediscovers his funny.

I didn't even mind the over-the-stop stereotypes. Gary Beach and Roger Bart are screamingly funny. Springtime for Hitler is the best part of the show and nice to see John Barrowman giving it his all as the blond Nazi.

If you want to be entertained for a few hours then this is the movie to go see, don't let the critics put you off!


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