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The Producers (Special Edition) [DVD] [1967]

4.6 out of 5 stars 145 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Dick Shawn, Lee Meredith
  • Directors: Mel Brooks
  • Producers: Sidney Glazier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct. 2004
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002UUO8Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,103 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Failed Broadway producer Max (Zero Mostel) and timid accountant Leo (Gene Wilder) come up with a foolproof plan to make a fortune, by staging a musical which is guaranteed to flop and close after one night. A mad Nazi seems to have the perfect raw material - a tribute to the Führer entitled 'Springtime for Hitler'. However, the show is taken for a comedy classic, and becomes an overnight success. The two schemers, faced with financial ruin, determine to blow up the theatre in which the show is taking place. Mel Brooks won a Best Screenplay Oscar for the film, which also marked his directorial debut.

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Mel Brooks' directorial debut remains both a career high point and a classic show-business farce. Hinging on a crafty plot premise, which in turn unleashes a joyously insane onstage spoof, The Producers is powered by a clutch of over-the-top performances, capped by the odd couple pairing of the late Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, making his screen debut.

Mostel is Max Bialystock, a gone-to-seed Broadway producer who spends his days wheedling cheques from his "investors", elderly women for whom Bialystock is only too willing to provide company. When wide-eyed auditor Leo Bloom (Wilder) comes to check the books, he unwittingly inspires the wild-eyed Max to hatch a sure-fire plan: sell 25,000 per cent of his next show, produce a deliberate flop, then abscond with the proceeds. Unfortunately for the producers (but fortunately for us), their candidate for failure is Springtime for Hitler, a Brooksian conceit that envisions what Goebbels might have accomplished with a little help from Busby Berkeley.

Truly startling during its original 1968 release, The Producers does show signs of age in some peripheral scenes that make merry at the expense of gays and women. But the show's nifty cast (notably including the late Dick Shawn as LSD, the space cadet that snags the musical's title role, and Kenneth Mars as the helmeted playwright) clicks throughout, and the sight of Mostel fleecing his marks is irresistibly funny. Add Wilder's literally hysterical Bloom, and it's easy to understand the film's exalted status among late-60s comedies. --Sam Sutherland, Amazon.com --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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Twenty years ago, I was an ardent Mel Brooks fan; everything he did seemed to me to be incredibly funny. However, watching most of them now, they seem to induce nostalgia rather than laughter, and I can't really explain why. Is it that his humour has dated so badly - after all much humour does - or was it not really funny in the first place?
This film is a case in point. I remember watching on TV and rolling about. Watching it now, there are places that make you chuckle, but others that make you wince, they are so bad.
It is worth watching, but if you first wat he'd it in your youth, don't be surprised if you are left feeling a little disappointed.
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This has been on my viewing list for many a moon, but I've only just got round to buying it. You can't describe it - you can only watch it, but be careful with who. The 1950's song-and-dance routine "Springtime for Hitler" is a brain bender.
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Perfect
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Fast service, great condition. Not one of Mel Brooks best but definitely fun and good value for money.
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The CD is a replacement for a well loved/used video tape. The CD came well packaged and in good time.
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I was so excited to see this film was coming out on DVD in the UK and I wasn't disappointed. I read a recent review on Amazon and thought the film may be cut but it isn't, in fact they have found an extra scene that was not in the original film. The making of is also brilliant. If you want to know why Mel Brooks is a comic genius then watch The Producers.
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This film has lost none of its charm since it was made over a quarter of a
century ago. This remains Mel Brooks' funniest and finest film. It is about
two Broadway producers who borrow money heavily in order to put on a
Broadway show that will flop. If they borrow more than they spend, they keep
the rest of the money and make a fortune. The hoped for flop is a musical
based on the life of Hitler, called Springtime for Hitler. It all goes
hilariously wrong when the musical becomes an unintentional success. The
performances are spot-on. Zero Morstel barnstorms his way through every
scene and Gene Wilder was never better as the nervous accountant turned
producer who falls foul of Morstel's greedy ambitions. Kenneth Marrs'
performance as the deranged ex-Nazi burns itself into your brain and has to
be one of the funniest turns I have ever seen. Brooks keeps the pace frantic
but steady. He never lets the pace drag but he never lets it get too over
the top. The performances are manic but the actors never ham it up for the
camera. Even the sheer bad taste of the musical sequence of Springtime for
Hitler is handled with skill, and you will never find a funnier scene in
cinema. This has to be one of the funniest films of the 20th Century.
Watching this, you will be laughing along with it scene by scene until the
very end, and afterwards you will be humming the theme tune to Springtime to
Hitler.
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