The Producers

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Released 2005

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Director:
Susan Stroman
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13
The Producers is a comedy that is adapted from the Broadway musical of the same name. Both are based on an original 1968 film written and directed by Mel Brooks. Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) is a terrible theater producer who funds his productions by seducing old ladies out of their money. One day, Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick) enters Bialystock's office to begin work as his accountant. When Bloom lets it slip that a producer could make more money from a bomb than a hit, Bialystock is intrigued and asks him how. Bloom responds that if a producer knew a show would flop, he could raise far more money than needed and then pocket it once the show quickly ends. Greedily, the two men decide to find exactly such a play, settling on one called Springtime for Hitler. Though they expect the play to close the same night as it opens, both men are horrified when it becomes a surprise hit and they are forced to figure out what do about both their investors and an angry Nazi playwright who is now out for blood.moreless

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  • 60

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    So determinedly old-fashioned it makes a strong claim to being the best film musical of 1959.

  • 40

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Ms. Thurman is the one bit of genuine radiance in this aggressively and pointlessly shiny, noisy spectacle.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust

    Whereas the original film is gleefully crass and energetically paced, the movie musical, weighing in at a robust two-plus hours, is bloated and self-satisfied. Whatever spectacle t...

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    Arts, Comedy, Music

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    Showbiz, Musicals