Directed By: Mel Brooks Starring: Gene Wilder Zero Mostel

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Zero mostel and gene wilder team up in this classic as a double-dealing duo of producers who sceme to put on the most awful show in the history of the great white way!


Studio Sony
SKU 202002905
UPC 027616130426
UPC 14 00027616130426
Format DVD
Release Date 10/16/2007
Rating NR
Essential Cinema
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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
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
Mel Brooks
Gene Wilder
Zero Mostel
Cast & Crew
Charles Rosen - Production Designer
Christopher Hewitt - Actor
Dick Shawn - Actor
Estelle Winwood - Actor
Gene Wilder - Actor
John Morris - Musical Score
Joseph Coffey - Director of Photography
Joseph E. Levine - Executive Producer
Kenneth Mars - Actor
Mel Brooks - Director
Mel Brooks - Writer
Mel Brooks - Musical Score
Norman Blagman - Musical Score
Ralph Rosenblum - Editor
Renee Taylor - Actor
Sidney Glazier - Producer
Zero Mostel - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1968
Catalog ID 13042
UPC 00027616130426
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 90 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1
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
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide
Review Classic piece of insanity...One of those rare films that gets funnier with each viewing...
Reviewer Leonard Maltin
ReviewRating 9
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.
Reviewer Michael Atkinson
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Deluxe Edition, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Mono Audio, English, French, Spanish
At-A-Glance Film Reviews of [Mel Brooks'] best...
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times One of the funniest movies ever made!

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