The Producers

The Producers

Susan Stroman (2005)

128min
12 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Few movies can have a history as odd as this one's: a 1968 comedy film about a pair of impresarios deliberately making a flop Broadway musical is transformed into a hit Broadway musical before being retransformed into a film musical. Which is a flop. Perhaps it's not surprising that something got lost along the way. While Mel Brooks's Oscar-winning original was an orgy of exquisitely wrought bad taste, this picture is a bloated, unimaginative channelling of what was apparently once an entertaining night at the theatre. Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick are just about passable as Bialystock and Bloom (though neither has recalibrated their performance for the intimacy of the big screen), Susan Stroman's direction is flat and Brooks's additional songs are militantly far from toe tapping. And at over two hours, the whole thing feels like an old joke told way too many times.

Summary

A washed-up Broadway producer and his neurotic accountant hatch a fraudulent get-rich-quick scheme involving the staging of the worst production of all time and making sure it closes on opening night. They soon find the perfect play for the job - a musical tribute to Adolf Hitler. Musical remake of Mel Brooks' comedy, starring Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell.

Cast & Crew

Leo Bloom Matthew Broderick
Max Bialystock Nathan Lane
Ulla Uma Thurman
Franz Liebkind Will Ferrell
Roger DeBris Gary Beach
Carmen Ghia Roger Bart
Hold Me-Touch Me Eileen Essell
Mr Marks Jon Lovitz
Director Susan Stroman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 26 Dec 2005
Comedy Music