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Theatrical producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) was once the toast of Broadway. Now he lives in his seedy office, cadging cash contributions from wealthy old ladies in exchange for sexual favors. Even worse, he's reduced to wearing a cardboard belt. Max's new accountant, Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), the soul of honesty, suggests that Max produce a hit to try to recoup his losses, but Max knows that it's too late for that. Offhandedly, Leo muses that, if Max found investors for a flop, he could legally keep all the extra money. Suddenly, Max's eyes light up -- and in that moment,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The Producers has many things going for it -- notably a wild, ad-lib energy that explodes in a series of sight gags and punch lines."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Brooks' first feature, an absolutely hilarious and tasteless New York Jewish comedy about Broadway."
‑ , Time Out
"...suffers from a pervasive lack of laughs that's compounded by writer/director Mel Brooks' relentlessly (and exhaustingly) over-the-top sensibilities."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Like The Producers itself, Springtime for Hitler, with its Busby Berkeley-meets-Leni Riefenstahl choreography and creatively crude lyrics, ends up proving that bad taste can be irresistible."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"An anarchic reminder that laughter can be mightier than the sword."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"Mel Brooks has turned a funny idea into a slapstick film, thanks to the performers, particularly Zero Mostel."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Some of it is shoddy and gross and cruel; the rest is funny in an entirely unexpected way."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"But despite the too-wacky-for-their-own-good jokes and slow pacing, there's no denying the genius of Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel."
‑ Phil Villarreal,
"Quite possibly Brooks's finest hour."
‑ , Film4
"You don't need to be a WWII vet to feel the glee as the movie invites us to dance on Hitler's grave."
‑ Mark Bourne,
"Everything that can go wrong in an amateur film does go wrong, from the timing to the structure to the pitch of the performances."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The one aspect of the original Producers that still stuns is the roaring, over-the-top, in-your-face thereness of its two lead performances."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Slapstick comedy-musical -- not meant for kids."
‑ Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media
"The original, and by far the best."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"If you love and understand live theatre, or the old-school movie musicals of the 1940s, you will enjoy this much more than people who cannot transfer their minds to that world."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
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