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
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 Producers (1967), and the Lincoln Center wasn't built until 1964. See more »
In the beginning of "We Can Do It" Max Bialystock steps on his desk onto an open accounting book. When he steps down to go towards Leo, the book on the desk is closed. See more »
First, there was Mel Brooks' clever movie "The Producers." That got
adapted into a Tony-winning stage musical. Then the musical became
adapted into a movie. This hilarious spectacle is sure to please!
Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick return as Max Bialystock and Leo
Bloom, the same roles they made famous on Broadway. Lane is a riot,
channeling Zero Mostel's bombastic character. Meanwhile, Broderick
surprises as he does a decent take on Gene Wilder's original hysterical
act. Will Ferrell scores laughs as Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind, and
Uma Thurman puts in a good song and dance as Swedish sexpot Ulla. The
movie perfectly catches the style of the old-fashioned musical, with a
large serving of slapstick. This snappy production is sure to be a hit
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