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The Producers (1967)

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A stage-play producer devises a plan to make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

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Mel Brooks

Writer:

Mel Brooks
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zero Mostel ... Max Bialystock (as Zero)
Gene Wilder ... Leo Bloom
Dick Shawn ... L.S.D. - Lorenzo St. DuBois
Kenneth Mars ... Franz Liebkind
Estelle Winwood ... Hold Me Touch Me
Christopher Hewett ... Roger De Bris
Andréas Voutsinas ... Carmen Ghia (as Andreas Voutsinas)
Lee Meredith ... Ulla
Renée Taylor ... Eva Braun (as Renee Taylor)
Michael Davis Michael Davis ... Production Tenor
John Zoller John Zoller ... Drama Critic
Madelyn Cates Madelyn Cates ... Concierge (as Madlyn Cates)
Frank Campanella Frank Campanella ... The Bartender
Arthur Rubin Arthur Rubin ... Auditioning Hitler
Zale Kessler Zale Kessler ... Jason Green
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Music

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

10 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Springtime for Hitler See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$941,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,091, 9 June 2002

Gross USA:

$328,673

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$375,143
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Mel Brooks was sixteen years old, he worked for a cash-strapped theatrical producer who'd raise funds by sleeping with his investors, most of whom were elderly women. "He pounced on little old ladies and would make love to them", Brooks told The Guardian. "They gave him money for his plays, and they were so grateful for his attention." In Manhattan, Brooks also knew a pair of showmen who had more or less failed their way into prosperity. "They were doing flop after flop and living like kings", Brooks said. "A press agent told me, 'God forbid they should ever get a hit, because they'd never be able to pay off the backers!' I coupled the producer with these two crooks and, BANG!, there was my story." See more »

Goofs

After Max Bialystock gets into his cab to go to the Blue Gypsy, cables are visible as the cab pulls away from the curb. See more »

Quotes

Max Bialystock: Leo, he who hesitates is poor!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits shows the actors full name and their picture. It only says "Zero" for Zero Mostel. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2002 DVD release includes an alternate blow-up-the-theater sequence. Franz Leibkind stomps out "ze quick fuse" after lighting it. He then switches to electrical detonation from outside the building. This fails. When Leo, Max and Franz go back into the basement to see what went wrong, the drunk from the bar comes along. Thinking that the detonator handle is a shoeshine stand, he props his feet up on it... See more »

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Referenced in The Debbie Reynolds Show: The Producer (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Dreamer
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by an auditioning Hitler
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A gay romp through a great film
17 September 2002 | by nigel-bourneSee all my reviews

This is a marvellous piece - a combination of utter farce, black humour, Jewish schtick and high camp, "The Producers" remains a truly wonderful film.

From the opening sequences, where Theatre agent Max is a despairing old fool trying to avoid tax, through the "little old lady seduction" scenes, to the gorgeous rooftop scene where a mad German pigeon fancier tries to remain within the bounds of sanity and fails, via the meeting with "top" Hollywood director Roger" we're not alone" de Bris, the film traces the hapless and eponymous producers who devise a foolproof scheme to make money out of a flop. They employ a Nazi writer to script the musical "Springtime for Hitler", which is guaranteed to be a flopperoony. Of course, they manage to totally miss the mood of the day and the projected flop is a huge hit - whereupon they have to pay back the 16,000 percent of the cost that they acquired....

Wild, manic, joyous and deeply perceptive, this is Mel Brooks at his finest - Jewish gags abound, but never alienate, accountants get the mickey taken (cheers all round!) and the final production - well, if you haven't seen this film, where have you been living? One of the greats.


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