Producers (Special Edition)

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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!

Specifications

Studio MGM
SKU 40174629
UPC 027616868329
UPC 14 00027616868329
Format DVD
Rating NR
Keywords
Buddies
Essential Cinema
Nazis
Recommended
Scams And Cons
Showbiz
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note What 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.
Plot Summary
Summary THE 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "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)
Quote "Don't be stupid, be a smarty. Come and join the Nazi Party."--lyrics from the opening number of SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER
Quote "That's our Hitler!"--Bialystock after seeing L.S.D.'s (Dick Shawn) audition for SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER
Reviews
Entertainment Weekly "...The film itself shines in a gorgeous new print..." 12/06/2002 p.75
Premiere "...[B]efore Mel Brooks, no one had taken a genre and made as much savage fun of it in one movie comedy as a writer-director could..." 12/01/2003 p.11
Uncut "Brooks' play-within-a-film structure is fiendishly clever..." 11/01/2004 p.157
Sight and Sound "[T]he screen is dominated by Zero Mostel's rapacious turn as washed-up producer Max Bialystock." 01/01/2005 p.77
Directors
Mel Brooks
Actors
Gene Wilder
Zero Mostel
Cast & Crew
Christopher Hewitt - Actor
Dick Shawn - Actor
Estelle Winwood - Actor
Gene Wilder - Actor
Kenneth Mars - Actor
Renee Taylor - Actor
Zero Mostel - Actor
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
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1968
Catalog ID 1002632
UPC 00027616868329
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
1.85:1/4:3
Awards
Oscar (1969) 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
Reviews
ReviewSource The Village Voice
Review As for Mel Brooks's 1968 air-burst rip The Producers, no bets were hedged and no throats left unthrottled... Brooks's magnum opus is still a ferocious gale of bulldozing Jewish mockery, dominated by Zero Mostel's comb-over juggernaut... In fact, the more time passes the more combustible Brooks's burlesque of Nazism and the post-war remnants of old-school Jewish showbiz seems.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Michael Atkinson
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide
Review Classic piece of insanity...One of those rare films that gets funnier with each viewing...
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Spanish, Subtitled
Quotes
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times One of the funniest movies ever made!
At-A-Glance Film Reviews ...one of [Mel Brooks'] best...
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