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Theatrical producer Max Bialystock Zero Mostel was once the toast of Broadway. Now he lives in his seedy office, cadging cash contributions from wealthy old ladies in exchange for sexual favors. Even worse, he's reduced to wearing a cardboard belt. Max's new accountant, Leo Bloom Gene Wilder, the soul of honesty, suggests that Max produce a hit to try to recoup his losses, but Max knows that it's too late for that. Offhandedly, Leo muses that, if Max found investors for a flop, he could legally keep all the extra...
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Theatrical producer Max Bialystock Zero Mostel was once the toast of Broadway. Now he lives in his seedy office, cadging cash contributions from wealthy old ladies in exchange for sexual favors. Even worse, he's reduced to wearing a cardboard belt. Max's new accountant, Leo Bloom Gene Wilder, the soul of honesty, suggests that Max produce a hit to try to recoup his losses, but Max knows that it's too late for that. Offhandedly, Leo muses that, if Max found investors for a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. Suddenly, Max's eyes light up -- and in that moment, Leo Bloom is gloriously corruptible. "I want everything I've ever seen in the movies!" cries Leo as Max embraces him. Together, Max and Leo conspire to select the worst play, the worst playwright, the worst director, and the worst actor to collaborate on their guaranteed flop. That play is Springtime for Hitler, "a delightful romp...with Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun." The playwright is Franz Liebkind Kenneth Mars, an unreconstructed Nazi who, in drunken delirium, insists that Hitler was a better painter than Churchill -- "He could paint an entire apartment in one afternoon, two coats!" The director is pompous transvestite Roger De Bris Christopher Hewett, who is preparing to go to a costume party garbed as Marie Antoinette when Max and Leo come calling "Max, Max, he's wearing a dress". And the star, selected after extensive auditions, is hippie-freak Lorenzo St. DuBois Dick Shawn -- "L.S.D." for short. At the end of several weeks, Max has sold 25,000 percent of the show; and, as a finishing touch, Max bribes the opening-night critics for a favorable review, knowing full well that such a gesture is the kiss of death. The curtains part, and Springtime for Hitler opens with perhaps the most tasteless production number in the history of films. At the end of this extravaganza, the audience sits in dumbfounded silence. Gleefully, Max and Leo repair to a corner bar to celebrate their failure. But then.... The first directorial effort of Mel Brooks, The Producers didn't do so well on its first release, but since that time it has taken its place as one of the all-time great movie comedies.
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Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The Producers, Mel Brooks's wildly hilarious directorial debut and the source for his Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, soars with savage satire and one of the most perfect pairings in movie history: Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. Mostel portrays a grandiose but washed-up Broadway producer who teams up with Wilder's timid accountant to produce the worst show ever written, as part of a scheme to defraud investors. The chemistry between the two leads bubbles with animosity, affection, and mutually enabling dementia. Mostel reaches unimaginable heights of wide-eyed mania in scenes where he seduces a bevy of adoring octogenarians in order to bilk them out of their money. And in his first great role, the inimitable Wilder incorporates both his perpetual smirk and his patented hysterical rants into a multilayered portrayal of a of a man who is at first cajoled and bullied into -- but finally embraces -- a crazy dream. To top it all off is the play itself, "Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva at Berchtesgaden," which stars Dick Shawn as a hepcat Hitler who grooves his way through the Great War. An over-the-top exercise in bad taste, it combines tap-dancing and goose-stepping with shameless glee. But let the viewer beware: the title song, "Springtime for Hitler," is a genuinely catchy tune that, once heard, is difficult to shake. This legendary comedy classic simply has to be seen to be believed.
All Movie Guide - Dan Jardine
The Producers received two Oscar nominations: one went to Gene Wilder for Best Supporting Actor and the second went to Mel Brooks, who won for Best Original Screenplay in his hilarious feature-film debut. With an opening number that ranks among comic cinema's greatest, and boasting zesty tongue-in-cheek performances by Zero Mostel, Wilder, and Dick Shawn, The Producers is a delightful parody of the old Judy Garland/Mickey Rooney "let's put on a show in the old barn" comedies. The film also is a not-so-subtly veiled assault on the dubious ethics at work in the business side of the Hollywood movie industry. It's filled with some of the funniest dialogue in the entire Mel Brooks' canon, combined with some of the most outrageous musical numbers -- made all the more effective due to their compositional authenticity -- in film history, including the immortal production of "Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp with Adolf and Eva." Who else but Mel Brooks would have the audacity to turn Hitler into the object of his comedy? The movie does not depend upon the rapid anarchic pacing of a Marx Brothers' film to grab the audience. Brooks almost purposefully slows the story down so we can enjoy the comic repartee between the wonderfully cast Mostel and Wilder. The Producers is one of those rare comedies that actually manages to be greater than the sum of its many very funny comedic parts.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
This is one of the funniest movies ever made.

This is one of the funniest movies ever made.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2000
  • UPC: 027616801234
  • Original Release: 1968
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zero Mostel Max Bialystock
Gene Wilder Leo Bloom
Kenneth Mars Franz Liebkind
Estelle Winwood Old Lady
Renée Taylor Eva Braun
Christopher Hewett Roger De Bris
Dick Shawn L.S.D
Andréas Voutsinas Carmen Giya
Lee Meredith Ulla
Bernie Allen
Diana Eden Showgirl
Josip Elic Violinist
David Evans Lead Dancer
Zale Kessler
Barney Martin German Officer in Play
Arthur Rubin
Tucker Smith
Madelyn Cates Woman at Window
David Patch
Shimen Ruskin
Frank Campanella Bartender
Anne Ives Ladie
Michael Davis Production Tenor
Mel Brooks
William Hickey Drunk in Theater Bar
Frank Shaw
Margery Beddow Dancer
Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director, Screenwriter
Irving Buchman Makeup
Joseph Coffey Cinematographer
Gene Coffin Costumes/Costume Designer
James Dalton Set Decoration/Design
Sidney Glazier Producer
Jack Grossberg Producer
Alan Johnson Choreography
Brian Morris Musical Direction/Supervision
John Morris Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfa-Betty Olsen Casting
Charles Rosen Art Director
Ralph Rosenblum Editor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Still a Classic but Showing it's Age

    When Mel Brooks' 'The Producers' first appeared on film it was somewhat revolutionary in both plot and approach to comedy. I will never forget the visual shock and hilarity of the opening to "Springtime for Hitler" when I viewed the movie as a teenager. Since then the formula has been duplicated and sometimes improved, most often by Brooks himself. And the sixties references are no longer as amusing, even to those of us who were around then.

    One aspect that will always stand the test of time is the performances by Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. These are performances for the ages that define their characters perfectly. Dick Shawn's performance as 'LSD' is less convincing, perhaps because his role is a caricature, but still well done.

    I would recommend this movie to anyone but also urge fans to look at the updated musical version, which is surprisingly good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious!

    I'm a huge Mel Brooks fan. His movies are hilarious and The Producers (1968) is one of his funniest and the cast is great, especially Gene Wilder, Zero Mostel and Kenneth Mars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!!

    I love this movie! Gene Wilder is superb and Mostel is brilliant. They work so well together. my favorite song in this film is "Love Power" I love it so much! grooovy man :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brooks at his best

    'The Producers' is absolutely my favorite of Mel Brooks' comedies. This story about two shyster theatrical producers will have you on the floor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious.

    I am going to have to adopt now as I can no longer have children of my own after watching this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Roll On Floor Laughing

    HAHAHAHHAHAAHA!(Choke)HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!(Gulp)HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!(Sniff)HAH AHAHAHAHAHA!(Sob) HAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest Farce of the 1960's!

    They REALLY don't make 'em like this any more! ¿The Producers¿ is proof that perfection can be achieved by human beings. It has provided me 40+ years of laughter, and will continue to do so. Even though it is primarily a broad farce, its humor ages well and will delight even the most high-seriousness teenagers. It is perfectly cast (Zero Mostel and a very young Gene Wilder are the great standouts), well shot, and fabulously well written. Best of all, its humor is in delightfully bad taste and completely un-PC¿this movie could never, ever be made today, which is all the more reason for seeing it. Young people who have been raised in our current nothing-is-funny culture need to see ¿The Producers¿ to learn that in the end, funny or not, even the most evil things can be laughed to scorn...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE GENIUS OF MEL BROOKS

    ''Did you ever think you'd love a play called 'Springtime for Hitler'?'' asks a Broadway patron to the dismay of scam artists extrodinare Mostel and Wilder. Its one of a hundred great scenes that proved Mel Brooks a genius his first time behind the camera. This was one of 1968's best films, winning an Oscar for best original screenplay (Brooks). The original is better than the stage version 30 years later.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2002

    An all-time great comedy

    You've read all the other synopses, so I won't repeat the plot. What I find most exhilarating about this film is watching anarchists in front of and behind the camera working at the peak of their craft. Many moments of sheer hilarity. Competes with Young Frankenstein as the greatest of all Brooks's films, which (from me) is high praise indeed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2001

    Best Comedy about an Accountant EVER!

    Some of the most creative satire ever written. Zero Mostel has a rubber face that can show more expression than any other actor could. You will laugh until it hurts. Its my favorite movie of all time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2001

    Before There Was ''South Park''......

    there was ''The Producers''. Parker and Stone (South Park creators) are not the Beginning and End of Humor that can Offend. If you're looking for a comedy from the sixties, thinking it will be mild and innocent, get something else. This is Mel Brooks' first (and arguably finest)film. Jokes about gays, Nazis and lechery abound and the amazing thing is that Bialystock and Bloom (Mostel and Wilder), while contemptable, are played with such joyous performances, you can't help but like 'em. PC? Feh. I recall something Mel Brooks said: Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2001

    Boffo Show Puts Producers Away

    This IS one of the funniest movies of all time. Our hero, the down-on-his-luck, bombastic Producer Zero Mostel, has been reduced to unorthodox methods of fund raising for his upcoming show. An innocent Gene Wilder enters his life as a faceless accountant sent to audit his books. Wilder discovers a ''problem'' which Mostel siezes upon as a potential way out of his financial straits. Mostel brow beats Wilder into co-producing with him ''the worst show ever'' in order to make a fortune. The idea takes on a life of its own and almost works to perfection. The internal logic and basic human emotions such as greed and self confidence make the plot twists totally believable with zany cosequences. Having just seen the current Broadway production, I can say that while seeing the show live adds to the experience and the added scenes are great, no one beats the original cast & pacing of the movie. Don't miss it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2001

    Well worth the time and money

    This is one of my all time favorite movies. The plot is simple, but very well developed, and the cast is excellent.

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