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The Producers (1967)

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A stage-play producer devises a plan to make money by producing a sure-fire flop.


Mel Brooks


Mel Brooks
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Zero Mostel ... Max Bialystock (as Zero)
Gene Wilder ... Leo Bloom
Dick Shawn ... L.S.D. - Lorenzo St. DuBois
Kenneth Mars ... Franz Liebkind
Estelle Winwood ... Hold Me Touch Me
Christopher Hewett ... Roger De Bris
Andréas Voutsinas ... Carmen Ghia (as Andreas Voutsinas)
Lee Meredith ... Ulla
Renée Taylor ... Eva Braun (as Renee Taylor)
Michael Davis Michael Davis ... Production Tenor
John Zoller John Zoller ... Drama Critic
Madelyn Cates Madelyn Cates ... Concierge (as Madlyn Cates)
Frank Campanella ... The Bartender
Arthur Rubin Arthur Rubin ... Auditioning Hitler
Zale Kessler Zale Kessler ... Jason Green


Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom reviews Max's accounting books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop. The play which is to be their gold mine? "Springtime for Hitler." Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Once upon a time there was a Broadway producer...who met a "creative" but timid accountant. Together they concocted the most outrageous $1,000,000 scheme in the annals of Show Biz. See more »


Comedy | Music


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Did You Know?


Roger De Bris was based on Edward D. Wood Jr.. See more »


When Max buzzes for Ulla to get the car, she appears literally 2 seconds later. There's no way she could have been in the outer office. See more »


Max Bialystock: Don't shoot! It's the dynamite! If you shoot it, it will get mad at us, and blow us all up.
Franz Liebkind: Yah. That is good thinking. I will put this dynamite back.
Max Bialystock: Good.
[after Liebkind has left]
Max Bialystock: Next time I produce a play - no author!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are in reverse order, acting like curtain calls, which lead up to the star actor. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original network television broadcasts added some outtakes (more fuse bumbling by Franz Liebkin) near the end, between "The quick fuse?!" and the eventual explosion. The padding was probably to balance some censorship cuts in the running time. See more »


Featured in Hitler: The Comedy Years (2007) See more »


Die Wacht am Rhein
Music by Karl Wilhelm
Lyrics by Max Schneckenburger
(only used in the german synchronisation, replacing 'Das Lied der Deutschen')
sung on the roof of Franz Liebkings house
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Mel Brooks' Masterpiece
6 February 1999 | by CHARLIE-89See all my reviews

THE PRODUCERS might just be the funniest film ever made. It stars Zero Mostel, as a bankrupt Broadway producer, and Gene Wilder, as his emotionally-retarded accountant. Together, they figure that they could actually make more money producing a flop than a hit, so they become producers and put on "Springtime for Hitler," a sure-fire flop. However, things go horribly "right," and soon the producers find themselves in a tight spot trying to repay their investors. It is not the flop they hoped for, and they wind up in jail, with a hilarious finale.

This is Mel Brooks' masterpiece. Brooks' won an Oscar for Best Screenplay-1968-no surprise,as this is as funny a film ever to be made! The song should've won an Oscar, as it is one of the most hilarious tunes to come out of any movie.

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English | German

Release Date:

10 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Springtime for Hitler See more »


Box Office


$941,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,091, 9 June 2002

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Color (Pathécolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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