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The Producers

The Producers

Mel Brooks (1968)

85min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This triumphantly tasteless affair was Mel Brooks's first feature and it fully deserves its status as a comedy classic. Zero Mostel plays the sweaty, down-on-his-luck Broadway impresario who links up with shy accountant Gene Wilder in a scam to fleece theatrical investors with the worst play of all time: a musical biopic of Adolf Hitler. The two leads are wonderful, as is Dick Shawn as the hippy star who takes the lead role in their production, and, while the gags flow freely throughout, it's the jaw-dropping numbers from Springtime for Hitler that cement the film's place in cinema history.

Summary

A crooked Broadway producer and his neurotic accountant discover they can make a fortune by putting on a play that closes on opening night, then pocketing the unspent budget. The duo set out to put on the worst show of all time - a tasteless little number called Springtime for Hitler written by a deranged former Nazi. Mel Brooks' comedy, starring Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder and Kenneth Mars.

Cast & Crew

Max Bialystock Zero Mostel
Leo Bloom Gene Wilder
Franz Liebkind Kenneth Mars
"Hold me, touch me" old lady Estelle Winwood
Eva Braun Renee Taylor
Roger De Bris Christopher Hewett
Ulla Lee Meredith
Carmen Giya Andreas Voutsinas
Lorenzo St Du Bois Dick Shawn
Violinist Josip Elic
Concierge Madlyn Cates
Drama critic John Zoller
Drunk in theatre bar William Hickey
Bartender Frank Campanella
Director Mel Brooks
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Anglo Embassy Prods Guidance: Contains some swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD

Comedy

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