The Producers (1967)


(out of 5)

plays a failing Broadway producer who has no idea where his next meal is coming from. Together with his fellow producer (), Mostel comes up with the wackiest idea to make money: raise more funds than you need to put on a really bad show that will definitely flop, and then pocket the difference! Coming up with a musical based on Nazi Germany, the pair are quite astonished when the embarrassing extravaganza they put on ends up being the toast of Broadway. Mel Brooks’ breakthrough film is a hilariously biting satire of show business and politics, and the zany performances from the leads are worthy of plenty of laughs. The central number of their play, “Springtime For Hitler”, is an absolute riot. The film was made into a hugely successful Broadway musical more than thirty years after it first opened in theatres.

Crossbow Productions, Springtime Productions, U-M Productions

USA, 1967

Directed by Mel Brooks

Screenplay by Mel Brooks

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1968

Golden Globe Awards 1968

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