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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.

Director:

Mel Brooks

Writer:

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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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

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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

Because of the "Springtime For Hitler" musical number, the film was intially banned in Germany, where laws against public display of Nazi symbolism had been in place since the end of World War II. It wasn't screened there until it was included in a film festival featuring the works of Jewish filmmakers. See more »

Goofs

When Max wipes coffee off his window with his scarf, it becomes dirty. It is clean a moment later. See more »

Quotes

Leo Bloom: My blanket! My blue blanket! Give me my blue blanket!
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Soundtracks

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