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The Producers (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Musical | 25 December 2005 (USA)
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After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck Producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.

Director:

Susan Stroman

Writers:

Mel Brooks (screenplay), Thomas Meehan (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Lane ... Max Bialystock
Matthew Broderick ... Leo Bloom
Uma Thurman ... Ulla
Will Ferrell ... Franz Liebkind
Gary Beach ... Roger DeBris
Roger Bart ... Carmen Ghia
Eileen Essell ... Hold Me-Touch Me
Michael McKean ... Prison Trustee
David Huddleston ... Judge
Debra Monk ... Lick Me-Bite Me
Andrea Martin ... Kiss Me-Feel Me
Jon Lovitz ... Mr. Marks
Bryn Dowling Bryn Dowling ... Usherette / Girl with Pearls / Little Old Lady / Bavarian Peasant
Meg Gillentine ... Usherette / Girl with Pearls / Little Old Lady / Tapping Brown Shirt
Kevin Ligon Kevin Ligon ... Workman / Little Old Lady
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Storyline

New York, 1959. Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. Things turn around when he's visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. To this end, they produce a musical called Springtime for Hitler written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. Finally, they hire as a lead actress the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (whose last name has over 15 syllables). As opening night draws near, what can go wrong? Well, there's no accounting for taste... Written by rmlohner

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual humor and references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Producers: The Movie Musical See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$154,590, 18 December 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,377,727, 19 February 2006
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the lead singing was performed live on-set during takes. See more »

Goofs

Ulla's Swedish in the film is very incorrect and would not fool a native speaker. See more »

Quotes

Roger De Bris: [sung as Hitler] I was just a paper hanger / no one more obscurer. / Got a phone call from the Reichstag / told me I was F¸hrer. / Germany was blue / What, oh, what to do? / Hitched up my pants / and conquered France. / Now Deutschland's smiling through!
Roger De Bris: [spoken] But it wasn't always so easy... It was 1932. Hindenburg was working the Big Room and I... I was playing the lounge. And then I got my big break. Somebody burned down the Reichstag. And would you believe it? They made me Chancellor. ...
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Crazy Credits

Showgirls from Bloom's dream sequence during the accounting office number dance around some of the closing credits. See more »

Connections

References High Anxiety (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Heil Myself
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Performed by Gary Beach, Stormtroopers and Springtime Finale Chorus
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Surprisingly Disappointing
14 October 2006 | by misterphilcoSee all my reviews

I am a huge fan of the original movie and had the pleasure of seeing the wonderful Broadway show in 2003, so I was more than expecting to love this remake. Unfortunately it didn't live-up to my expectations on a number of fronts.

Most fundamentally, it seemed more of a cinematic rendering of the stage show than a remake of the movie - the problem is that it utterly lacks the charm of the 1968 film, and fails to capture the excitement and energy of the show. This is not to do with the actors, who all put in great performances and do the best job possible with their roles. Though, I wonder if it was a good idea to keep the leads from Broadway - playing a part on stage is very different from doing the same thing in a movie. This is at the heart of what is wrong with this movie - it is trying to be cinematic and theatrical at the same time.

Also, they have cut some of the funniest scenes and changed some of the best lines from the original. Why, I wonder? For example, the first encounter between Max and Leo in the original movie is hilarious and dramatic - a magnificent opening set-piece, with drama, humour and conflict. In this version, Leo just knocks on the door and introduces himself. Bit of a damp squib, really.

Overall, I am not sure what to make of this movie. I would probably have enjoyed it more if I had not seen the original. But not much.


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