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The Producers (2005)

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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.

Director:

Susan Stroman

Writers:

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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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Being the first major film shot in the new Steiner Studios in Brooklyn, New York, the crew had to endure the completion of construction. The studio was only ninety percent complete when they moved in, and there were still leaks in the roof. The crew made suggestions such as expanding make-up rooms. The suggestions were acted upon, and the crew finished with resounding success in the new stage. See more »

Goofs

In the dance number with the old ladies, Bialystock and the ladies cross Fifth Avenue, which is shown as one way. Fifth Avenue did not become one way until January 14, 1966. The film takes place in 1959. See more »

Quotes

Max Bialystock: Whatta ya say, Bloom?
Leo Bloom: [sung] What do I say? / Finally a chance to be a broadway producer! / What do I say? / Finally a chance to make my dreams come true, sir! / What do I say? What do I say? / Here's what I say to you, sir...
Leo Bloom: [sung] I can't do it!
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs Can't Stop the Music (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Haben Sie Gehört das Deutsche Band?
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Performed by Will Ferrell
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Painful
22 September 2009 | by jramza-1See all my reviews

Imagine watching a play, but the over-the-top acting that gives an audience 50 feet away a connection to a play's actors, is painfully irritating when watching it 6 feet away on TV, or blown up on a movie screen. Bad. Bad. Very very bad , in a movie format. At least the songs, while novel, had music that was entirely forgettable. While this may have been a fine musical play (though I doubt it, and I enjoy musicals) it was irritating as a movie. The characters dialogue was not comical- simply over the top (like the acting) and bizarre - intended to be funny simply for the crude, crass degree of bizarreness.

Unless you get into watching mediocre musicals on film, I'd pass this one by.


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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

Gross USA:

$19,398,532

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,075,318
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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