The ProducersDirector: Susan Stroman
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After transforming his first motion picture into a smash Broadway musical, Mel Brooks brings the story of two would-be theatrical moguls turned con men back to the screen in this musical comedy. Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) was once one of Broadway's most successful producers, but a string of flops has thrown his career into a tailspin, and now he struggles to raise the cash to stage new shows by playing gigolo to lonely old ladies. While going over his books, accountant Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick) notices that Bialystock raised more money than he spent for one show, and points out that if one raised enough money for a show that closed in one night, you could make more off a flop than a hit. This strikes Bialystock as a brilliant scheme, and he decides to give it a try, persuading Bloom to join him in staging the world's greatest flop. After discovering a truly vile script -- "Springtime for Hitler," a musical set in the Third Reich written by neo-Nazi pigeon fancier Franz Liebkind (Will Ferrell) -- and giving a key role to the secretary Ulla (Uma Thurman), a drop-dead gorgeous blonde with only a tenuous understanding of the English language, Bialystock and Bloom are certain they have the disaster they need for their plan to work. But the scheme unexpectedly goes wrong when "Springtime for Hitler" becomes a "so bad it's good" hit. Mel Brooks co-wrote the screenplay for The Producers as well as producing it, but directorial chores were handed over to Susan Stroman, who also directed the Broadway show; Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick also repeated their roles from the Broadway production.
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew
|Nathan Lane||Max Bialystock|
|Matthew Broderick||Leopold Bloom|
|Will Ferrell||Franz Liebkind|
|Gary Beach||Roger De Bris|
|Roger Bart||Carmen Ghia|
|Eileen Essell||Hold Me-Touch Me|
|Michael McKean||Prison Trustee|
|Debra Monk||Lick Me-Bite Me|
|Andrea Martin||Kiss Me-Feel Me|
|Jon Lovitz||Mr. Marks|
|Lon Bender||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Mel Brooks||Score Composer,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Mark Friedberg||Production Designer|
|Sam Hoffman||Asst. Director|
|William Ivey Long||Costumes/Costume Designer,Executive Producer|
|Tod A. Maitland||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Peter Rogness||Art Director|
|Tara Jayne Rubin||Casting|
|Robin Wagner||Set Decoration/Design|
|Leah Zappy||Associate Producer|
1. "Opening Night" [3:30]
2. Hold Me/Touch Me [5:14]
3. Creative Accounting [9:13]
4. "We Can Do It!" [4:39]
5. "I Wanna Be a Producer" [6:38]
6. Revolting Stench of Self-Esteem [3:17]
7. Finding the Flop [3:15]
8. "Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop" [9:02]
9. "Keep it Gay" [11:26]
10. "When You Got It, Flaunt It" [9:07]
11. "Along Came Bialy" [6:20]
12. "That Face" [7:59]
13. Open Auditions [4:47]
14. Break a Leg [4:06]
15. "Springtime for Hitler" [2:04]
16. All Fired Up [8:04]
17. "Betrayed" [9:36]
18. "'Til Him" [6:01]
19. "Prisoners of Love" [7:06]
20. End Titles [4:38]
"King of Broadway"
Hid and Seek
"I Wanna Be a Producer"
"In Old Bavaria"
"Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop (Reprise)"
"Along Came Bialy" (With Vignettes)
"That Face (Reprise)"
Analysis of a Scene: "I Wanna Be a Producer"
Feature Commentary With Director Susan Stroman
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I was able to see Nathan and Matthew on Broadway and was looking forward to the movie. Seeing The Producers on film pales in comparison to seeing it on Broadway. But, if you weren't able to see them at the time, this is the next best thing.
I really enjoyed "The Producers" and found it very enjoyable and entertaining. Love Nathan Lane, but did think that Matthew Broderick did not always come across as well. Dissappointed that they cut some of the numbers, though am glad to see them in the deleted scenes section. Would love to see a director's cut with all the deleted scenes back in the movie. I felt that the movie kept very true to the stage production, which made it very enjoyable for me. Definitely a must have for the person who enjoys musicals.
This is definitely a Broadway on DVD type of film. Who knew Mathew Broderick could sing? Nathan Lane is always a riot, but I think you will find that the outtakes are the funniest part of this movie and will hold your attention a lot longer. Never being a big fan of the Broadway Hit being brought to a movie venue, that doesn't mean this film doesn't grab the feeling of what one feels about the magic of the olden days of Hollywood. Huge production sets and big numbers make this film a great film for those who are into musicals. I myself have loved very few musicals on film while I love them on Broadway, go figure! The acting is done as if the main two actors are on Broadway and that doesn't translate well into film. I am certain this would be an excellent show to see on stage but it didn't cut the mustard for any of us watching the film. Uma Thurman does the best on film job, playing a subtle and campy seductress. If dazzling production numbers, sparkling costumes, over the top acting and the feel of Broadway on film delight you, you will enjoy this. If not, wait until the show comes to your town and see it that way.
I still prefer the original film directed by Mel Brooks, mainly because musicals generally don't do much for me. Yet the story with its hilarious plot twist comes shining through. I wish some scenes from the first film had been included, especially the one in which the two producers are celebrating in a bar across the street from the theatre until they hear the remarks of the audience coming in during intermission. The omission of that scene irked me. Still, the cast (including the animatronic pigeons) is wonderful and the story will have you on the floor. I just wonder how different this film may have been had Mel Brooks directed it. (I presume he was unavailable because his wife was terminally ill.)
Having not seen the Broadway production or the original film version, I didn't know what to expect. But I have to say, I wasn't too impressed by "The Producers", mainly due to its cast of characters. Leo and Max are unlikeable and rarely funny. After all, it's hard to like a wimpy doormat and a sleazy has-been. I also wasn't impressed by the movie's protrayal of women - both old and young - as brainless sex toys. The only truly funny characters were the two gay guys and Will Ferrell. Also, the songs aren't very memorable. In other words, "The Producers" only deserves only 2 stars.
I thought that the movie would stray far from the Broadway version, which most movies tend to do based on other things, but this movie was almost exact, right down to the dialogue! Amazing and hilarious....definately a must-see!
A wonderful film adaptation of the Tony Award winning musical (Lane and Broderick were of the original Broadway cast). Has definitely become a favorite in my collection.
I felt like I was watching an old musical. One of the best numbers is "I Wanna Be a Producer", when Leo Bloom dances with his "Girls In Pearls", and they dive into the fantasy world of his mind. The costumes are absolutely wonderful, especially the "Pearl Girls", scenes are intimate and lush. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are just electric together, making me laugh every time they pull a face. Gary Beach and Roger Bart are hysterical. Will Ferral with a German accent, playing a Neo-Nazi obsessed with sending messeges to his escaped Nazi buddies in Argentina, and clearing the Führer's name is probably the best role he's ever done. Get the widescreen if at all possible, so you can enjoy it in the best way possible.