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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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Genres:

Comedy | Music

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Franz Liebkind's "apartment" is located at 100 E. 7th St., New York, NY 10009 See more »

Goofs

When going to be de Bris, the positions in elevator change, and the hand that Carmen holds his monocle changes. 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 show each actor's full name and their picture, but it only says "Zero" for Zero Mostel. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 4-Front UK video release omits a couple of lines from Leo Bloom's hysterical attack in Bialystock's office (with a very noticeable edit), considerably shortens the scene with Leo and Max in the bar with the drunk (most of the 'Light of the Silvery Moon' number is missing) and deletes about half of the scene where Franz attempts to blow up the theatre. All these scenes are intact on the print regularly screened by BBC-TV. See more »

Connections

Referenced in An Audience with Mel Brooks (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

WE'RE PRISONERS OF LOVE
Words and Music by Mel Brooks
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A Classic!
6 August 2002 | by doned88See all my reviews

This is a classic film with wonderful performances all around (although I didn't take to Dick Shawn's as much as the others). Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder were perfect casting as was Christopher Hewitt (later to be known as TV's "Mr. Belvedere"). What's even more impressive are the various elements of truth that are beneath the histerical if not obsurbed storyline. The current Broadway hit doesn't compete with this film. The performances are good on stage but not as wonderful as here. Due to long term business problems this film wasn't released for home video and cable until much later then it should have been. Outright broad comedy and silliness belong in our daily lives and this film offers them very well. EVERYONE should see this film!


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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