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The Producers (1967)

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Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

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Mel Brooks

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Mel Brooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Estelle Winwood ... Hold Me Touch Me
Renée Taylor ... Eva Braun (as Renee Taylor)
David Patch David Patch ... Goebbels
William Hickey ... The Drunk (as Bill Hickey)
Barney Martin ... Göring
Shimen Ruskin Shimen Ruskin ... The Landlord
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... The Bartender
Josip Elic Josip Elic ... Violinist
Madelyn Cates Madelyn Cates ... Concierge (as Madlyn Cates)
John Zoller John Zoller ... Drama Critic
Brutus Peck Brutus Peck ... Hot Dog Vendor
Anne Ives Anne Ives ... Lady
Amelie Barleon Amelie Barleon ... Lady
Lisa Kirk Lisa Kirk ... Lady (as Elsie Kirk)
Nell Harrison Nell Harrison ... Lady
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Storyline

Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom reviews Max's accounting books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop. The play which is to be their gold mine? "Springtime for Hitler." Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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Comedy | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mel Brooks' The Producers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$941,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,091, 9 June 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$111,866, 12 January 2003
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When it was completed, the film was in danger of not receiving a theatrical release. Joseph Levine was dubious about its offensive humor, and thought it might cause more trouble than it was worth, so the film was temporarily shelved, until Peter Sellers intervened. See more »

Goofs

During the mass Hitler audition, as Roger De Bris jumps up from his seat to go onstage, his dialogue and the movement of his lips don't match. See more »

Quotes

Roger De Bris: Just do what you do best.
Lorenzo St. DuBois: I can't do that here! That's why they put me away, man...
Roger De Bris: Oh, sing, sing!
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LOVE POWER
Music Norman Blagman
Lyrics Herbert Hartig (as Herb Hartig)
Performed by Dick Shawn (uncredited)
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12 September 2000 | by jhcluesSee all my reviews

How can a Broadway producer who has seen his day really make a lot of money? Leave it to writer/director Mel Brooks to answer that, and answer it he does in the uproarious comedy `The Producers.' Zero Mostel stars as the producer in question, one Max Bialystock, with Gene Wilder co-starring as Leo Bloom, the meek accountant who steers Max onto the path to instant riches with a scheme that (in Max's hands) simply can't fail. With Leo on board as his new partner, Max embarks upon a search for the perfect script, the first step of the plan that will lead them to the pot of gold at the end of the Great White Way. And with Brooks at the helm, it's the beginning of a laugh-filled movie that gets funnier every time you see it. Mostel is perfect as the unflappable Max, the charlatan who woos a string of old ladies into becoming investors in his show; his personality and countenance match the broad approach Brooks takes with his comedy, and it's a fit made in comedic heaven. Wilder, however, nearly steals the show with his terrific, definitive `long' takes and sideward glances that have served him so well during his career. Here, in one of his first screen appearances, he works it perfectly, creating just the right counter-balance to Mostel's boldness, and it makes Leo a truly memorable character. Visually, there is enough in this film to generate plenty of laughs, but that it's delivered with wonderfully witty and clever dialogue as well (the screenplay earned Brooks an Oscar), makes it a true classic in anybody's book. Also unforgettable here are Kenneth Mars, as Franz Liebkind, author of the play that Max and Leo undertake to produce; Christopher Hewett, as Roger De Bris; and especially Dick Shawn, as Lorenzo Saint DuBois (`L.S.D.' to his friends), who becomes the star of Max and Leo's production. Rounding out the great supporting cast are Estelle Winwood (`Hold me, touch me' old lady), Lee Meredith (Ulla), Renee Taylor (Eva Braun), Andreas Voutsinas (Carmen Giya), and William Hickey (Good Natured Inebriate). `The Producers' is every bit as funny now as when it debuted in 1968, maybe even funnier; it proves that good comedy is timeless, and this is comedy at it's best. This is a must-see, not only for Mel Brooks' fans, but for anyone who just likes lots of good laughs. Believe me, this is one funny movie you're going to want to see again and again. I rate this one 9/10.


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