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3.8
1,140 Ratings

The Producers

Directed by Mel Brooks
United States, 1967
Musical, Comedy

Synopsis

Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel, famous for his lead role in Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof) is a washed up Broadway producer who has fallen on hard times. Enter his nervous accountant, Leo Bloom, who makes him realize they could make more money with a flop than a hit…

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The Producers Directed by Mel Brooks

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1969 | Winner: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

1969 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Writers Guild of America

1969 | Winner: Best Written American Original Screenplay (Screen)

1969 | Nominee: Best Written American Comedy (Screen)

Golden Globes (USA)

1969 | 2 nominations including: Best Actor - Comedy or Musical

National Film Preservation Board

1996 | Winner: National Film Registry

Mel Brooks sets the template here for both overripe performances and lavishly overproduced musical numbers devoted to atrocities in many of his subsequent features. And in the final analysis, what may seem most charming about his primitive professionalism is what’s most unprofessional about it.
June 23, 2018
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Even those unfamiliar with Mel Brooks’s stroke of genius will trace back to it via references, style and even a kind of humor that has permeated into popular culture.
January 18, 2017
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There are tedious stretches in The Producers that rely on dumb-slut, druggie-hippie, and randy-queer jokes that were probably dated in 1968. But there are also moments in the film that operate on a level of shockingly blunt political satire. The Springtime for Hitler number is a justifiably classic scene in American cinema, as angry and daring as anything in The Great Dictator, and it’s all the more effective for how little Brooks prepares you for it.
June 28, 2013
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