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The Producers (1967)

PG | | Comedy | 10 November 1968 (USA)
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Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hold Me Touch Me
... Eva Braun (as Renee Taylor)
David Patch ... Goebbels
... The Drunk (as Bill Hickey)
... Göring
Shimen Ruskin ... The Landlord
Frank Campanella ... The Bartender
Josip Elic ... Violinist
Madelyn Cates ... Concierge (as Madlyn Cates)
John Zoller ... Drama Critic
Brutus Peck ... Hot Dog Vendor
Anne Ives ... Lady
Amelie Barleon ... Lady
Lisa Kirk ... Lady (as Elsie Kirk)
Nell Harrison ... Lady
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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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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Peter Sellers was instrumental in prompting the film's release, Mel Brooks claims he offered Sellers the role of Leo Bloom, but that he turned it down. See more »

Goofs

The positions of Max's hands change between shots when he is told to be a stable boy. See more »

Quotes

Ulla: Goddag på dig!
Leo Bloom: Uh, I beg your pardon?
Ulla: Goddag på dig!
Leo Bloom: Ah, gut da! Max, have you gone mad? A receptionist who can't speak English? What will people say?
Max Bialystock: They'll say, "A wuma wa wa wa wa!"
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Referenced in When Things Were Rotten: The French Dis-connection (1975) See more »

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Flying Down To Rio
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A gay romp through a great film
17 September 2002 | by See 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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