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(2005)

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After Max (Nathan Lane) and Leo (Matthew Broderick) do Der Guten Tag Hop Clop with Franz (Will Ferrell), Max tries to pull open the door. When it doesn't open, he shouts, "We're trapped!" This is an inside joke from the play's run in England. One night, a stage hand had locked the door. When Nathan Lane tried it, he realized it was locked and shouted out, "We're trapped! Trapped like rats with a crazy Nazi!" A stage hand then went up and unlocked the door and they got out.
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The phrase "It was shocking, outrageous, insulting... and I loved every minute of it!" from a supposed review of "Springtime for Hitler", was a rewording of a review by Peter Sellers written about The Producers (1967).
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Mel Brooks originally wrote the music by humming the melodies to the songs into a tape recorder and having a friend who was musically literate write it down on staff paper.
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A lot of the extras in the audience scenes are not actors. They're people who donated money through a charity. As part of their donation, they got to be extras in the movie.
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This is a movie about a play based on a play about a play based on a movie (The Producers (1967)) about a play. In fact, however, Mel Brooks originally envisioned this as a Broadway play. Published accounts in 1966 reported that Brooks was working on a comedy play with the title "Springtime for Hitler", and his original choice for the part of Bloom was going to be Paul Anka.
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Matthew Broderick wore an earplug in one ear where Nathan Lane yells "Never put your own money in the show!" up close.
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The respective Hollywood Walk of Fame stars of Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane are right next to each other.
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When Ulla (Uma Thurman) walks into Max's office for the first time, on the King Leer poster (the poster on the right), the eyes look from right to left and follow Ulla.
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The screech of the black cat who is thrown by Bialystock (Nathan Lane) into the theater, the voices of the laughing pigeons, and the voice of the Stormtrooper who sings, "Don't be stupid, be a shmartie, come on join the Nazi Party" in the song "Springtime for Hitler" were provided by Mel Brooks, two roles he also recorded for the Broadway show, and one (the Stormtrooper) that he did in The Producers (1967). It's also a line from the 1983 single "To Be Or Not To Be - Hitler Rap".
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Ernie Sabella, appeared in a number that was cut out where Bialystock and Bloom go to the bar during intermission to celebrate their flop: "Barkeep, drinks all around!" This would have the voice actors who spoke Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa in The Lion King (1994) on-screen together.
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With the exception of Will Ferrell and Uma Thurman, all of the lead actors and actresses originated their roles in the Broadway production.
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Nathan Lane shaved the top of his head in order to create a realistic comb-over.
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In the final frame of the finale, the camera pulls out for a wide shot of the theatres and their marquees displaying the titles of the shows that Max and Leo are to produce. On the far left is a portion of the marquee belonging the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The only letters that are visible are A-N-N-E for Mel Brooks' late wife Anne Bancroft, who died prior to the film's completion.
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Some of the little old ladies are actually men.
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During the song "Springtime For Hitler", Hitler mouths "I love you all" and sits on the edge of the stage to sing the next part of the song. From this moment onward, he performs with a distinct similarity to Judy Garland's performances in both her concerts and her television specials.
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Nicole Kidman was originally considered as a possible Ulla. Matthew Broderick allegedly offered her the role while they were filming The Stepford Wives (2004), to which she immediately said yes without seeing so much as a first draft of the script. Kidman subsequently backed out of the project, feeling she was working too much.
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Brad Oscar, who plays the taxi driver, was Franz Liebkind in the Broadway version. He also played Max Bialystock both on Broadway and in London after Nathan Lane departed the role in both cities.
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Richard Kind, who played Max Bialystock on Broadway and on the national tour, makes a brief cameo as the jury foreman at the end.
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Stay after the credits for a special number and appearance.
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The original Broadway production opened at the St. James Theater on April 19, 2001, ran for 2,502 performances, winning a record-breaking twelve Tonys, including the 2001 Tony Awards for the best musical, book and score.
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When greeting Max (Nathan Lane) and Leo (Matthew Broderick) at the door, Carmen Ghia's (Roger Bart's) exaggerated "s" sound when saying the word "yes" lasts for twenty-three seconds.
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When Max (Nathan Lane) is visiting the old ladies in their apartment buildings, he pushes lots of apartment call buttons. Among the list of names are A. Bancroft, a tribute to Anne Bancroft, Mel Brooks' late wife; M. Kaminsky, which is Brooks' birth name; and J. Gatsby, the main character in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby.
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Much of the lead singing was performed live on-set during takes.
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Originally, this was almost shot in Toronto, Canada. New York state tax incentives made it possible for the production to film in New York City at the new Steiner Studios in Brooklyn. Producer Mel Brooks also jokingly complained that the bagels in Toronto were "too mushy".
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Hitler's initial pose during the stage opening number is a clear reference to Dick Shawn's obscure take on the same role in The Producers (1967).
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According to director Susan Stroman, the outdoor scene where Max tries to convince Leo to join his scheme had to be moved to the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park from the Revson Fountain at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, because this version of the film was set in 1959, not 1967 like The Producers (1967), and the Lincoln Center wasn't built until 1964.
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Uma Thurman was doubled during portions of the dances by Angie L. Schworer, who was playing the part of Ulla in the Broadway version during production of this film. Kathy Fitzgerald played the role of Shirley Markowitz both on-stage and in the film version.
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The line about a "banana-coconut suncream, number 15" was initially an improvisation by Matthew Broderick uttered in the court scene. It cracked everyone up, so the take was ruined, but evidently the filmmakers liked the line, since it was inserted into the postcard narration instead.
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Leo Bloom daydreams that there will be a holiday called "Bloomsday" after him. This was a gimmick in "Ulysses" by James Joyce. Leo Bloom's name is taken from Leopold Bloom, main character of that novel.
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The costumes for the Girls in Pearls weighed twenty pounds. The largest of the pearls are plastic grapes painted white; they were chosen not to reduce the weight, but to make it more comfortable for the dancers when they had to roll on the floor.
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There are several lines in this movie that are a nod to Blazing Saddles (1974), another Mel Brooks film. When Bialystock and Bloom leave the rooftop, Franz leans against the door and says "What nice guys". Which is said by Madeline Kahn after her night with the Sheriff of Rockridge in Blazing Saddles (1974), and when Bloom is reading contracts in the office saying "work, work, work". Mel Brooks said this in Blazing Saddles (1974) when signing bills as the Governor.
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The posters visible in Shubert Alley outside the theater are all for real Broadway shows from the 1950s and 1960s. They include: Redhead (which played from February 1959 to March 1960) with Gwen Verdon and Richard Kiley; My Fair Lady (March 1956 to September 1962) with Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison; The Sound of Music (November 1959 to June 1963) with Mary Martin and Theodore Bikel; Destry Rides Again (April 1959 to June 1960) with Andy Griffith and Dolores Gray; and West Side Story (September 1957 to June 1959) with Larry Kert, Carol Lawrence, and Chita Rivera.
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Gary Beach was playing the same character on both stage and screen at the same time. When the movie premiered, he was also starring as Roger De Bris on Broadway.
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The song "You'll Find Your Happiness In Rio" was written for the Broadway musical as part of an extended sequence that was dropped in favor of the song "Betrayed".
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Other names on the doorbells rung by Max include famous names of New York City's richest families: Gould, Fisk, Whitney, Woolworth, Astor, et cetera.
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The King of Broadway, the second number following Opening Night, one of the most famous of the songs, and the number that introduces the Bialystock character, was cut out. This song also included the famous Mel Brooks line from History of the World: Part I (1981) and Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993): "It's good to be the King!"
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Nathan Lane won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, beating out his partner Matthew Broderick. Both re-created their roles in the film. Other cast members that were included in the film from the stage production are Roger Bart, Gary Beach, Brad Oscar, Jim Borstelmann, Madeline Doherty, Bryn Dowling, Kathy Fitzgerald, Robert Fowler, Kimberly Hester, Charley King, Naomi Kakuk, Kevin Ligon, Peter Marinos, Mike McGowan, Jennifer Smith, Jenny Lynn Suckling, Tracy Terstriep, and Courtney Young. Three actors were nominated for the 2001 Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical: Gary Beach who won, Roger Bart, and Brad Oscar.
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There really was a Hamlet musical, and it really was a flop. It was called "Rockabye Hamlet", starring Larry Marshall as Hamlet and Beverly D'Angelo as Ophelia. Cliff Jones wrote book, lyrics and music; Gower Champion directed and choreographed. It lasted for seven performances at the Minskoff Theatre in 1976.
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Being the first major film shot in the new Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, New York, the crew had to endure the completion of construction. The studio was only ninety percent complete when they moved in, and there were still leaks in the roof. The crew made suggestions such as expanding make-up rooms. The suggestions were acted upon, and the crew finished with resounding success in the new stage.
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Roger Bart was nominated for the 2001 Tony Award for supporting or featured actor in a Broadway musical, and reprised his role in this production.
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The review of Funny Boy held up at the end of Opening Night has a byline of Addison DeWitt. This was the theater reviewer played by George Saunders in All About Eve.
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When Max opens the cabinet with the pictures of his show contributors, you can allegedly see pictures of the old ladies from The Producers (1967) although the veracity of this is debatable.
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Nathan Lane exclaims "Wow!" after gargling with Listerine mouthwash, but the "Wow!" after gargling actually stems from a television commercial by Listerine competitor Lavoris.
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Carmen Ghia is a reference to the Karmann Ghia, which was a sports car marketed by Volkswagen, designed by the Italian Carozzeria Ghia, and built by German coach builder Karmann. Karmann Ghias were produced between 1955 and 1974, and were based on the familiar Beetle chassis with its rear mounted, air-cooled, four-cylinder boxer engine.
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When Mel Brooks decided to adapt The Producers (1967) into a Broadway musical, he had hoped to cast Nathan Lane as Max Bialystock and Martin Short as Leo Bloom. Lane accepted the role of Bialystock, but Short was forced to decline, as he didn't want to uproot his family. Matthew Broderick was brought in to replace Short, and the role earned him a Tony nomination. Short went on to star as Leo Bloom opposite Jason Alexander as Max Bialystock in the Los Angeles run of the show.
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Three songs from the Broadway show were cut: "King of Broadway", "In Old Bavaria", and "Where Did We Go Right?" The second act reprise of "Opening Night" was also cut, as were sections of "Along Came Bialy". Despite "Where Did We Go Right?" being cut, the reference to this song in "Betrayed" remains.
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The first line of a rejected play that Max Bialystock reads, "One morning, when Gregor Samsa woke up, he found himself transformed in his bed into a giant cockroach" is a reference to Franz Kafka's short story, "The Metamorphosis".
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When Leo says that he was taken to Bialy Hoos of '42, the poster of it is right behind him in the background.
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In the theatrical live performance of the musical play, the "part" of the theater audience of "Springtime for Hitler" is "played" by the actual audience.
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Uma Thurman's mother is Swedish, however Uma's pronunciation in the film is very poor.
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Bialystock's surname is actually a nod to a Polish town of Bialystok: according to Wikipedia, it is "the largest city in northeastern Poland and the capital of the Podlaskie Voivodeship. Located in the Bialystok Uplands (Polish: Wysoczyzna Bialostocka) of the Podlaskie Plain (Polish: Nizina Polnocnopodlaska) on the banks of the Biala River, Bialystok ranks second in terms of population density, eleventh in population, and thirteenth in area, of the cities of Poland. It has historically attracted migrants from elsewhere in Poland and beyond, particularly from Central and Eastern Europe. This is facilitated by the fact that the nearby border with Belarus is also the eastern border of the European Union, as well as the Schengen Area.
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Fred Applegate had a run as Max Bialystock in the London production of the play.
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Matthew broderick and Nathan lane previously starred together in the lion king(1994) as well as the Broadway version of the producers.
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Matthew broderick, Nathan lane, and roger Bart have all been in animated Disney movies. Matthew broderick and Nathan lane starred in the lion king(1994) as the voices of simba and Timon. roger Bart starred in Hercules(1997) as the singing voice of Hercules.
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The portrayal of Hitler as gay in the musical was nothing new: Max Hansen, who was Jewish on his father's side, satirized the dictator in this way in his song "War'n Sie schon mal in mich verliebt?" ("Have You Ever Been In Love With Me?"), which shocked the Nazis.
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When Max and Leo are fighting, Leo says "Oh how I hate you!" and Max responds with "Double! Double!" This is a call back to the 1997 film 'Mouse Hunt' in which Nathan Lane played a lead role. In that film, Lane's character Ernie is arguing with his brother Lars (Lee Evans) and when Lars tells Ernie he hates him, Ernie responds with "Double! Double!"
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Cameo 

Thomas Meehan: Max Bialystock's lawyer is played by the screenwriter of the film who was also the book writer of the musical.
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Jonathan Freeman: One of Broadway's Roger De Bris(es) makes a brief cameo as the ticket taker.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

At the end of the movie, Mel Brooks tells the audience that it's over and time to go home just like Matthew Broderick did in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).
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