The Producers

Release Date: March 18th, 1968

DVD Release Date: December 8th, 1998

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 28 min

Plot Summary

Down and out producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), who was once the toast of Broadway, trades sexual favors with old ladies for cash contributions. Max's new accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), offhandedly muses that if Max found investors for a new production that turned into a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. The duo begins to put together the worst play possible, titled "Springtime for Hitler", with a terrible director and a hippie-freak star.

Cast: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars, Estelle Winwood, Christopher Hewett, Andreas Voutsinas, Lee Meredith

Director: Mel Brooks

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Crossbow Productions, AVCO Embassy Pictures

Keywords: Prison , Quest , Fall , Charming , 1960s , Office , Cheeky , Hilarious ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    John BleasdaleCineVue

    The Producers is so effusively inappropriate and so damned funny it is one of the highest examples of low comedy. show more

  • 100
    Ty BurrBoston Globe

    The one aspect of the original Producers that still stuns is the roaring, over-the-top, in-your-face thereness of its two lead performances. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    This is one of the funniest movies ever made. To see it now is to understand that. To see it for the first time in 1968, when I did, was to witness audacity so liberating that not even "There's Something About Mary" rivals it. show more

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Awards

Winner Writing (Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role