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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.

Director:

Mel Brooks

Writer:

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

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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 ... 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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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Composer John Morris was given the daunting task of creating the showcase musical number "Springtime for Hitler". Mel Brooks directed him to create the biggest, flashiest, tackiest, most terrible number he could think of. "Every time we hit a level", said Morris, "we'd have to go broader, bigger, and that was the fun of it." See more »

Goofs

While playing the kitty game with the lady in blue, Max sits on the couch. Between shots, his position changes; he is first to the right and then to the left. See more »

Quotes

Max Bialystock: You have exactly ten seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are in reverse order, acting like curtain calls, which lead up to the star actor. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some prints eliminate the opening "Embassy Pictures" logo, as well as a few seconds of footage in the bar scene, including the drunk's dialogue "Let's have a toast...to toast! I love toast..." and the beginning of the song "By the Light of the Silvery Moon". Most prints just cut into the scene in the middle of the song verse. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Producers (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Du, du liegst mir im Herzen
German folk song
[Sung in Franz Liebkind's apartment]
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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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