The Producers 1968

The Producers

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A hilarious satire of the business side of Hollywood, The Producers is one of Mel Brooks' finest, as well as funniest films, featuring standout performances by Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel.

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User Ratings: 56,115

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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 & Crew

Zero Mostel
Max Bialystock
Dick Shawn
Lorenzo St. DuBois
Kenneth Mars
Franz Liebkind
Estelle Winwood
"Hold Me, Touch Me" Old Lady
Renee Taylor
Eva Braun
Joseph E. Levine
Executive Producer
Mel Brooks
Original Music and Songs
John Morris
Original Music
Joseph Coffey
Cinematographer
Charles Rosen
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Critic Reviews for The Producers

All Critics (71) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (64) | Rotten (7)

Audience Reviews for The Producers

  • Sep 03, 2017
    With its casual homophobia and objectification of women, the film's sense of humor feels a bit dated and is not always efficient, but Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel are hilarious and hold this comedy together even when we realize that the plot is a lot more predictable than it seems.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 16, 2014
    It's a great concept aided by the hilarious performances of Wilder and Mostel. Perhaps one of the first films to point out that New York is almost entirely populated by insane people.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 14, 2014
    The Producers resolves its conflict a bit too quickly, and some of the performances can be a bit too loud and over the top, but Mel Brooks' directorial debut is amongst some of the best, with great performanes, intelligent dialogue, and a strong, human heart that provides as much of a pulse for the film as the humor does.
    Joey T Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2013
    Mel Brooks' The Producers is an accomplished comedy classic that is superbly acted and directed. This is a funny and entertaining film that is pure comedy when comedy mattered and is a smart film in terms of it not relying on vulgar or obscene comedy bits that so many films of today rely on to try and make you laugh. Mel brooks has crafted a fine movie here, one that is highly entertaining from start to finish and its ridiculous plot make a film to treasure from film lovers that enjoy something truly entertaining humorous throughout. Brooks' work would be more elaborate as he would sharpen his skills as a director, but with The Producers is a work that showcases his talents and you can clearly see his talent in this impressive classic. I do believe that Brooks made better films, but with this one he splashed onto the movie making scene and just delivered something truly refreshing in terms of comedy. The cast here do a fine work and Gene Wilder is very funny and so is the rest of the cast. The idea behind the film is immaculate and very original. Mel Brooks has achieved something unique here, and this is a film that when first released had some unfair flack due to its content. But this is comedy that is effective and tasteful, and it deserves all the praise it has gotten since its initial release. With a great cast, fine direction and a highly thought out and hilarious script, Brooks has made a defining movie that reshaped comedy for years afterwards. If you enjoy smart comic relief and are tired of some bland comedies of today that often miss the mark, well this is a film guaranteed to entertain you. The Producers isn't perfect, but it is a film that is entertaining, fun and ridiculous and should be seen by cinema fans that enjoy these types of comedies.
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