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Producers (1968)

Director: Mel Brooks     Starring: Gene Wilder Zero Mostel
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202002905
UPC: 027616130426
UPC 14: 00027616130426
Rating: NR
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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!

"...one of [Mel Brooks'] best...   At-A-Glance Film Reviews
"One of the funniest movies ever made!  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's 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.

Features

Video Features DVD, Deluxe Edition, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Mono Audio, English, French, Spanish

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/16/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 90 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1968
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 13042
Video UPC UPC: 00027616130426
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen/Standard  1.85:1/1.33:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Christopher Hewitt
Video Cast Info Dick Shawn
Video Cast Info Estelle Winwood
Video Cast Info Gene Wilder
Video Cast Info Kenneth Mars
Video Cast Info Renee Taylor
Video Cast Info Zero Mostel
Video Cast Info Charles Rosen - Production Designer
Video Cast Info John Morris - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Joseph Coffey - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Joseph E. Levine - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks - Director
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks - Writer
Video Cast Info Mel Brooks - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Norman Blagman - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Ralph Rosenblum - Editor
Video Cast Info Sidney Glazier - Producer
Plot 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.

Awards


Oscar (1969)
Video Award Name Mel Brooks, Winner, Best Writing, Story And Screenplay

Golden Globe (1969)
   Video Award Name Zero Mostel, Nominee, Best Actor--Musical/Comedy

Writer's Guild of America (1968)
Video Award Name Mel Brooks, Winner, Best Screenplay Based On Material Previously Produced Or Published

Memorable Quotes

"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

Professional 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

Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide 9 of 10
Classic piece of insanity...One of those rare films that gets funnier with each viewing... - Leonard Maltin

The Village Voice 9 of 10
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. - Michael Atkinson

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