Directed By: Mel Brooks Starring: Gene Wilder Zero Mostel

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The Producers Produces

by RLS on 2/12/2012

A fun musical that just plain entertains and 'produces' lots of chuckles.

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Producers max bialystock (mostel) and leo bloom (wilder) make money by producing a sure-fire flop.


Studio MGM
SKU 40229799
UPC 027616902733
UPC 14 00027616902733
Format DVD
Release Date 9/16/2003
Rating Rating
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
Andreas Voutsinas - Star
Estelle Winwood - Star
Gene Wilder - Star
Dick Shawn - Star
Christopher Hewett - Star
Kenneth Mars - Star
Zero Mostel - Star
Renee Taylor - Star
Sidney Glazier - Producer
John Morris - Composer
Mel Brooks - Writer
Joe Coffey - Cinematographer
Ralph Rosenblum - Editor
Charles Rosen - Production Designer
John Morris - Music Director
Mel Brooks - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 1006050
UPC 00027616902733
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 90 minutes
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Name Mel Brooks
Award Category Best Original Screenplay
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1968
Award Giver Academy Awards

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