Producers (Special Edition) (1968)
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|"A startling, stunning, outrageous (and) breathtaking debut" (Los Angeles Times ) from acclaimed writer/director Mel Brooks (Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs), this Oscar-Winning comedy combines "pure pell-Mell lunacy" (and) wild, ad-lib energy (into an) uproariously funny" (Time) film! Low rent Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) and his high-strung accountant (Gene Wilder) discover that, with the help of a few gullible investors, they can make more money on a flop than on a hit! Armed with the worst show ever written (Springtime For Hitler) and an equally horrific cast, this double-dealing duo is banking on disaster. But when their sure-to-offend musical becomes a surprise smash hit, they find themselves in the middle of a Broadway blitzkrieg!|
"...one of [Mel Brooks'] best... At-A-Glance Film Reviews
Editor's NoteWhat do a down-and-out Broadway producer, his anxiety-attack-prone accountant, a go-go dancing Swedish secretary, and a Nazi playwright have in common? They're all part of Mel Brooks's wild and wacky first film, THE PRODUCERS. In this hysterical farce, rapacious but lovable producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) hasn't had a hit in years and resorts to fulfilling sexually crazed little old ladies' fantasies for extra cash. But when he meets his new meek, neurotic accountant, Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), the two accidentally come up with a plot to oversell shares in a surefire flop musical and make off with the profits. The plan sends the new partners-in-crime on a search for the worst play ever: SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER, written by an ex-Nazi (Kenneth Mars) whose only friends are the filthy city pigeons he keeps on his roof. Inspired, manic performances by all involved, along with Brooks's lively direction--which affectionately alludes to such MGM Golden Age musicals as SINGIN' IN THE RAIN--make THE PRODUCERS both referential and highly original as it moves along swiftly to the ultimate musical climax.
Cast & Crew
|Mel Brooks - Director|
|Joseph Coffey - Director of Photography|
|Ralph Rosenblum - Editor|
|Joseph E. Levine - Executive Producer|
|John Morris - Musical Score|
|Mel Brooks - Musical Score|
|Norman Blagman - Musical Score|
|Sidney Glazier - Producer|
|Charles Rosen - Production Designer|
|Mel Brooks - Writer|
Plot SummaryTHE PRODUCERS is a wacked-out comedy classic about a rapacious Broadway producer who plans to stage a guaranteed flop--and then pocket the backers' money when the production fails. There's one thing the partners didn't count on, though: the play becoming a runaway hit.
|Mel Brooks, Winner, Best Writing, Story And Screenplay|
Golden Globe (1969)
|Zero Mostel, Nominee, Best Actor--Musical/Comedy|
Writer's Guild of America (1968)
|Mel Brooks, Winner, Best Screenplay Based On Material Previously Produced Or Published|
|"You know who I used to be? Max Bialystock, king of Broadway. Six shows running at once! Lunch at Delmonico's, two--hundred--dollar suits...Look at me now. Look at me now! I'm wearing a cardboard belt! I used to have thousands of investors begging, pleading to put their money in a Max Bialystock production. Look at my investors now...Hundreds of little old ladies stopping off at Max Bialystock's office to grab a last thrill on the way to the cemetery."----Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) to Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder)|
|"Don't be stupid, be a smarty. Come and join the Nazi Party."----lyrics from the opening number of SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER|
|"That's our Hitler!"----Bialystock after seeing L.S.D.'s (Dick Shawn) audition for SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER|
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