The Producers

The Producers

DVD - 2006
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Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now he only seems to be able produce flops. Things turn around for Max when he's visited by the neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, who proposes a scheme tailor-made for producers who can only make flops: raise far more money than you need, then make sure the show is despised. No one will be interested in it, so you can pocket the surplus. With this in mind, they decide to produce a musical called 'Springtime for Hitler' written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct and hire the loopy Swedish bombsheel Ulla as the lead actress.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2006
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781417069644
1417069643
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 135 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Call Number: DVD PRO

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Beatricksy Aug 21, 2017

It's a lot of fun...but I wish I could merge it with the original. Will Farrell is the greatest author, but there's a spark that Gene Wilder had in the old version that Broderick can't match. Plus, that ending just seems so lifeless compared to the original and doesn't work, because Bloom DID lea... Read More »


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Beatricksy Aug 21, 2017

It's a lot of fun...but I wish I could merge it with the original. Will Farrell is the greatest author, but there's a spark that Gene Wilder had in the old version that Broderick can't match. Plus, that ending just seems so lifeless compared to the original and doesn't work, because Bloom DID leave Bialystock for Rio, and that just defeats the whole point of the end "defending" speech.

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mswrite
Jun 27, 2016

Well...

If you love Zero ("Fiddler On the Roof") Mostel, the late, great, larger than life character actor who originated the Max Bialystock role, you're bound to have mixed feelings about this reboot of the film that boasted some of his (and director Mel Brooks's) very best work.

But it helps that rather than a flat-out remake, this 2005 "Producers," produced by Brooks and directed by Susan Stroman, is (all together now) the movie version of the hit 2001 Broadway musical that was itself based on the 1967 comic romp starring Mostel and the incomparable Gene ("Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory," "Blazing Saddles," "Young Frankenstein") Wilder.
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It also helps that Nathan Lane, who took over the role of Bialystock in the Broadway show, reprises his work here. He's truly hilarious, and is probably the only actor other than Mostel who could have done justice to the scheming, sloppy, utterly corrupt yet weirdly endearing Max.

Matthew Broderick is not as manically funny as Wilder, but he does bring to the role of Leo Bloom a similar hapless sweetness. And Will Ferrell as the idiot-Nazi Franz Liebkin is almost as good as the versatile Kenneth Mars, a favorite Brooks actor.
But Gary Beach absolutely kills as the wildly flamboyant Roger DeBris, the only director, says Max, "whose plays close on the first day of rehearsal."

The original film was not a musical per se, but had several zany musical numbers in it, including the jaw-dropping title theme, "Springtime For Hitler," which of course also appears in this film. There are also some marvelous tunes written specifically for the musical remake, including the sumptuously gowned "Opening Night," the Radio City Music Hall Rockette-inspired "I Wanna Be a Producer," and the wickedly amusing "Keep It Gay."

Uma Thurman would not have been my first choice as Ulla, Max and Leo's Swedish bombshell secretary, but she nails the role, acquitting herself well in the musical numbers in which she is featured. In particular, Thurman and Broderick manage (dare I say this?) to evoke the memory of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in the lovely "That Face."

It doesn't completely hang together--you'll know this if you've ever seen the madcap original--but it almost gets there.

d2013 Nov 01, 2014

If you like Broadway musicals you'll enjoy this movie. Entertaining!

seki Aug 13, 2012

It is a Broadway musical in a movie format. No wait, it is movie with a Broadway theme.

It is the best of both worlds. The intermixing of Hollywood and Broadway stars will have you transfixed. A wonderful romp.

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Andreinac13
Mar 11, 2012

I just love this movie.

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Mum_of_2
Feb 27, 2012

Lame.

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donlightlover
Feb 19, 2012

one of my favourite movies IN THE WHOLE WORRLLDDD <3 i love it, i love it, i love itttt :D

yoyonolen Nov 07, 2011

At first i just watched The Producers for Will Ferrell, then Nathan Lance and Matthew Broderick do their thing to music by Mell Gibson. YES. gay dudes, swiss hotties, Nazi musicals. This is a movie to see people. ASAP

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Thought this movie was hilarious. Worth a watch.

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Twoey Gray
Dec 18, 2008

This is one of the most fun musicals I have ever seen. It is a scream! The contrast between the two leads makes it all the more interesting. This is a must see for anyone in the mood for a laugh!

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Andreinac13
Mar 11, 2012

Roger De Bris: Quick darling, back in the closet!

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Franz Liebkind: [at end of credits] Don't forget to buy "Mein Kampf" in paper back. Avaliable near you... at Borders Books... or Barnes and Noble... und Amazon.com

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bdls206
Mar 27, 2011

Leo Bloom: We might have a position for you.
Max Bialystock: As a matter of fact, we might have several positions for you.

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DerekBauer
Dec 24, 2009

onfe of the funniest movies I have ever seen. This is Mel Brooks at his best. The cacst is great, the songs are funny and memorable.

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Twoey Gray
Dec 18, 2008

Twoey Gray thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Twoey Gray
Dec 18, 2008

Leo Bloom, humble accountant, loses his innocent outlook when he discovers a way to make more money off of a flop play than a hit. Max Byalistock, washed up Broadway king, and Leo work together to create the worst play on all of Broadway; "Springtime for Hilter". Hiring the worst cast, worst director, and worst writers, they set out to guarantee the worst show on Broadway. However they end up in trouble when an unexpected twist occurs: their play becomes a hit!

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Twoey Gray
Dec 18, 2008

Sexual Content: Many sexual references and several suggestive scenes.

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