Producers

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This remake of Mel Brooks' 1968 film features Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the roles that they originated in the smash Broadway adaptation of the original film. Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Lane) is famous for his spectacular opening night flops. Leopold Bloom (Broderick) is an uptight accountant who virtually discovers gold while reviewing Max's books. When Leo realizes that you can actually make more money with a flop than with a hit, the two team up and begin a search for both the worst script and the worst director they can find to ensure failure. The script selection seems easy when the duo stumble upon SPRINGTIME FOR HITLER, an homage to the Fuhrer penned by Franz Liebkind (Will Ferrell), a German sympathetic to the Nazi cause. Convinced that the script will incite outrage, the duo needs a bad director to seal the deal. Campy director Roger DeBris (Gary Beach) and his assistant (Roger Bart) fit the bill perfectly. But when their scheme fails, Max and Leo find themselves with the worst possible outcome: a hit. To make matters worse, Franz is just a little peeved that Hitler was depicted disrespectfully--and he has a gun. Will Max and Leo survive the playwright's wrath? Will they go to jail for cooking the books? And will Leo ever submit to the advances of sexy Swedish receptionist/actress Ulla (Uma Thurman)? Directed by stage director Susan Stroman, making her feature film directorial debut, this riotous romp features lots of laughs from the major players, as well as brief appearances by Jon Lovitz, Michael McKean, and Richard Kind. Lane and Broderick make it easy to understand why the show was an unprecedented hit on Broadway, and Ferrell is a scene-stealer as Liebkind.

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Studio Universal
SKU 202439653
UPC 025192843723
UPC 14 00025192843723
Format DVD
Release Date 9/1/2015
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Actors
Name Broderick,Matthew
Link Search Link
Directors
Name Susan Stroman
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Cast & Crew
Charles Minsky - Cinematographer
Glen Kelly - Original Music By
John Bailey - Cinematographer
Jonathan Sanger - Producer
Matthew Broderick - Actor
Mel Brooks - Producer
Mel Brooks - Writer
Mel Brooks - Original Music By
Nathan Lane - Actor
Steven Weisberg - Editor
Susan Stroman - Director
Thomas Meehan - Writer
Uma Thurman - Actor
Will Ferrell - Actor
Awards
Nominee (2006) Golden Globe, The Producers, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy,Golden Globe, Mel Brooks, Best Original Song - Motion Picture,Golden Globe, Nathan Lane, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy,Golden Globe, Will Ferrell, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Golden Globe (2006) Mel Brooks, Nominee, Best Original Song - Motion Picture,Nathan Lane, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy,The Producers, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy,Will Ferrell, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Reviews
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I know the 1968 movie "The Producers" virtually by heart, and it's one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. That makes it tricky for me to review this 2005 musical version - both because it's different, and because so often it is the same. There are stretches in Susan Stroman's opening scenes that follow Mel Brooks' 1968 version so closely it's as if Gus Van Sant, having finished his shot-by-shot remake of "Psycho," advanced directly to this assignment.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Variety.com
Review Reproducing Mel Brooks' still-running Broadway smash so literally you can practically see the proscenium arch, new pic is undeniably stagy, even clunky, and its commercial fate rests on whether auds find the blunt theatrical artifice and playing-to-the-balcony performance style off-putting or endearing. Older viewers should turn this exuberant, sometimes hilarious picture into a moderate hit domestically for Universal, although Sony/Columbia's prospects overseas look shaky.
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Reviewer Todd McCarthy
ReviewRating 7
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, Deleted Scenes, Outtakes, Featurette, Feature Commentary, English, Spanish, French Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Andrea Martin / Broderick,Matthew / Gary Beach / Matthew Broderick / Nathan Lane / Roger Bart / Uma Thurman / Will Ferrell
Director Charles Minsky / John Bailey / Susan Stroman
Label Mca Home Video
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Roseann Rogers, NBC-TV Spectacular!
Pete Hammond, MAXIM The Producers Delivers Huge Belly Laughs and Lots of Fun.
Jess Cagle, People Magazine Outrageously funny!
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times It was fun, it was funny, it was alive.

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