The Producers 1968

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The Producers ★★★½ 1968

A hilarious farce follows an attempted swindle by theater producer/con artist Max Bialystock (Mostel), who convinces his meek accountant Leo Bloom (Wilder) to go along with a scheme to deliberately stage a Broadway flop and abscond with the investors' money. They pick what they believe will be a surefire disaster, a musical entitled “Springtime for Hitler,” only to see their plan backfire. Film achieved cult status and is considered one of Brooks' best. The phony play was later actually produced by Alan Johnson. 90m/C VHS, DVD . Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn, Kenneth Mars, Estelle Winwood, Lee Meredith, Frank Campanella, Mel Brooks; D: Mel Brooks; W: Mel Brooks; C: Joseph Coffey; M: John Morris. Oscars '68: Story & Screenplay, Natl. Film Reg. '96; Writers Guild '68: Orig. Screenplay.

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