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The Producers (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Musical | 25 December 2005 (USA)
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After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck Producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.

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Susan Stroman

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Mel Brooks (screenplay), Thomas Meehan (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nathan Lane ... Max Bialystock
Matthew Broderick ... Leo Bloom
Uma Thurman ... Ulla
Will Ferrell ... Franz Liebkind
Gary Beach ... Roger DeBris
Roger Bart ... Carmen Ghia
Eileen Essell ... Hold Me-Touch Me
Michael McKean ... Prison Trustee
David Huddleston ... Judge
Debra Monk ... Lick Me-Bite Me
Andrea Martin ... Kiss Me-Feel Me
Jon Lovitz ... Mr. Marks
Bryn Dowling Bryn Dowling ... Usherette / Girl with Pearls / Little Old Lady / Bavarian Peasant
Meg Gillentine ... Usherette / Girl with Pearls / Little Old Lady / Tapping Brown Shirt
Kevin Ligon Kevin Ligon ... Workman / Little Old Lady
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Storyline

New York, 1959. Max Bialystock was once the king of Broadway, but now all his shows close on opening night. Things turn around 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. To this end, they produce a musical called Springtime for Hitler written by escaped Nazi Franz Liebken. Then they get the insanely flamboyant Roger De Bris to direct. Finally, they hire as a lead actress the loopy Swedish bombshell Ulla (whose last name has over 15 syllables). As opening night draws near, what can go wrong? Well, there's no accounting for taste... Written by rmlohner

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Comedy | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual humor and references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Producers: The Movie Musical See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$154,590, 18 December 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$19,377,727, 19 February 2006
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Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Nathan Lane won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical, beating out his partner Matthew Broderick. Both re-created their roles in the film. Other cast members that were included in the film from the stage production are Roger Bart, Gary Beach, Brad Oscar, Jim Borstelmann, Madeline Doherty, Bryn Dowling, Kathy Fitzgerald, Robert Fowler, Kimberly Hester, Charley King, Naomi Kakuk, Kevin Ligon, Peter Marinos, Mike McGowan, Jennifer Smith, Jenny Lynn Suckling, Tracy Terstriep, and Courtney Young. Three actors were nominated for the 2001 Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical: Gary Beach who won, Roger Bart, and Brad Oscar. See more »

Goofs

When the producers try to convince Roger De Bris to join the show, the trim at the top of Roger's dress becomes tucked into the dress on one side between shots. See more »

Quotes

Leo Bloom: I'm very sorry I caught you feeling up the old lady.
Max Bialystock: "Feeling up the old lady." Thank you Mr. Tact.
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Crazy Credits

Showgirls from Bloom's dream sequence during the accounting office number dance around some of the closing credits. See more »

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References The Fly (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Prisoners of Love
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
(Sing Sing) Performed by Kevin Ligon, Jimmy Smagula, Will Ferrell,
Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Sing Sing Convicts
(Broadway) Performed by Uma Thurman, Gary Beach and Broadway Prisoners
(Leo & Max) Performed by Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Finale Chorus
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A pleasant surprise
1 January 2006 | by mcolburnSee all my reviews

After reading critics' reviews I thought twice about seeing this film. But I needn't have worried as this was fantastic entertainment. I don't seem to care that the director has kept the stagy sets and took a literal approach to adapting a stage musical for the big screen. It was a fun time from beginning to end.

While his portrayal of Leo Bloom was too much like Gene Wilder's, Matthew Broderick was simply divine when dancing. Indeed it was an interesting to see the top half of his body so still and rigid while his legs and feet were moving with such poise and grace. Nathan Lane never seems to disappoint, he is simply brilliant. His physical resemblance to Zero Mostel is obvious but the mannerisms are all his own. Uma Thurman is good as Ula and Will Ferrell rediscovers his funny.

I didn't even mind the over-the-stop stereotypes. Gary Beach and Roger Bart are screamingly funny. Springtime for Hitler is the best part of the show and nice to see John Barrowman giving it his all as the blond Nazi.

If you want to be entertained for a few hours then this is the movie to go see, don't let the critics put you off!


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