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The Producers (2005)

Cast: Nathan Lane, Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, more...
Director: Susan Stroman, Susan Stroman
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Studio: MCA Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Musicals
Running Time: 135 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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After transforming his first motion picture into a smash Broadway musical, Mel Brooks brings the story of two would-be theatrical moguls turned con men back to the screen in this musical comedy. Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) was once one of Broadway's most successful producers, but a string of flops has thrown his career into a tailspin, and now he struggles to raise the cash to stage new shows by playing gigolo to lonely old ladies. While going over his books, accountant Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick) notices that Bialystock raised more money than he spent for one show, and points out that if one raised enough money for a show that closed in one night, you could make more off a flop than a hit. This strikes Bialystock as a brilliant scheme, and he decides to give it a try, persuading Bloom to join him in staging the world's greatest flop. After discovering a truly vile script -- "Springtime for Hitler," a musical set in the Third Reich written by neo-Nazi pigeon fancier Franz Liebkind (Will Ferrell) -- and giving a key role to the secretary Ulla (Uma Thurman), a drop-dead gorgeous blonde with only a tenuous understanding of the English language, Bialystock and Bloom are certain they have the disaster they need for their plan to work. But the scheme unexpectedly goes wrong when "Springtime for Hitler" becomes a "so bad it's good" hit. Mel Brooks co-wrote the screenplay for The Producers as well as producing it, but directorial chores were handed over to Susan Stroman, who also directed the Broadway show; Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick also repeated their roles from the Broadway production. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Over-the-Top and Loving Every Minute by talltale May 19, 2006 - 7:49 PM PDT
O.K., the music ain't memorable (I've forgotten it already) and yes the acting is generally over-the-top. So what? It all WORKS! We haven't had this much fun at a movie in ages, and I can't for the life of me figure out why THE PRODUCERS was not as big a hit as "Chicago." Lane and Broderick are just magical together, playing off each other perfectly, and Uma Thurman is ravishing and fun (apparently she sings, too!). Will Ferrell turns in a funny performances (singing nicely, as well), as does every cast member including the barely-seen Debra Monk and Andrea Martin.

The director Susan Stroman evidently wanted to give audiences the sense of being in a theatre (much of what we see looks as it would to an audience watching the proscenium) and she's succeeded beautifully, while also offering a number of nifty dance routine and superb sets on which to play them. Thank god they captured this on film: It's a keeper that I predict will stand the test of time.

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