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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
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Once upon a time there was a Broadway producer...who met a "creative" but timid accountant. Together they concocted the most outrageous $1,000,000 scheme in the annals of Show Biz. See more »

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Comedy | Music

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PG | See all certifications »

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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, 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

Mel Brooks' voice is dubbed in for a singer in "Springtime for Hitler". Mel only sings: "Don't be stupid, be a smarty, come and join the Nazi Party" for dancer Tucker Smith. See more »

Goofs

In the bar The Drunk is between Max and Leo as the patrons leave for the second act. After the shots of Max putting his head on the jukebox and Leo caressing his blanket when Max comes back to the bar, to calm Leo down, The Drunk has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Leo Bloom: [Searching for the sure-fire flop] ... Max, let's call it a night. It's two in the morning; I don't know what I'm reading anymore!
Max Bialystock: Read, read! We've got to find the worst play ever written!
[reads]
Max Bialystock: Ah. 'Gregor Samsa awoke one morning to discover that he had been transformed into a giant cockroach.'
[thinks]
Max Bialystock: It's too good.
Leo Bloom: [later] ... Wait a minute... wait a minute - I've *read* this play. I'm reading plays I read this morning! I can't go on! It's too much! Max, let's face it; we'll never find it!
Max Bialystock: [...]
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Remington Steele: Springtime for Steele (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Dreamer
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Performed by an auditioning Hitler
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Zany Mel Brooks comedy is over-the-top laugh riot...
20 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

There are so many laughs in THE PRODUCERS (long before Mel Brooks lost his magic touch), that you'll be in tears by the time Brooks gets to his "Springtime for Hitler" routine. ZERO MOSTEL's early scenes with ESTELLE WINWOOD are hilarious enough, but he and GENE WILDER top themselves by the time you get to the frantic ending.

LEE MEREDITH is the curvy Ulla who can shake a mean hip and DICK SHAWN is the hilariously daffy Lorenzo St. DuBois (LSD for short), and everyone in the cast has a fine time delivering over-the-top performances in the spirit in which this sort of satire requires.

The story is simply that of a producer running short on cash who devises a scheme whereby if he produces the worst musical in the world, he can actually get his investment back and then some. He convinces his mild-mannered bookkeeper GENE WILDER to join him in the scheme and then the fun gets off to a great start.

The climactic "Springtime for Hitler" is just one of the delirious highlights (if politically incorrect by today's standards), and is probably the reason so many of the comments here resent the film and everything it stands for. But there's no getting away from it--the script is downright brilliant and original--winning an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and numerous other writing awards including an award from The Writer's Guild of America.

Summing up: Mel Brooks at his wittiest.


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