The Producers
The Producers (1968)

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… More

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Release Date: December 3, 2002
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A hilarious satire of the business side of Hollywood, The Producers is one of Mel Brooks' finest, as well as funniest films, featuring standout performances by Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel.

TIME Magazine

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.

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Time Out

Brooks' first feature, an absolutely hilarious and tasteless New York Jewish comedy about Broadway.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...suffers from a pervasive lack of laughs that's compounded by writer/director Mel Brooks' relentlessly (and exhaustingly) over-the-top sensibilities.

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Variety Staff

Mel Brooks has turned a funny idea into a slapstick film, thanks to the performers, particularly Zero Mostel.

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Renata Adler
New York Times

Some of it is shoddy and gross and cruel; the rest is funny in an entirely unexpected way.

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Phil Villarreal

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Everything that can go wrong in an amateur film does go wrong, from the timing to the structure to the pitch of the performances.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

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.

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Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media

Slapstick comedy-musical -- not meant for kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Its a shame Mostel didn't have the chance to make more films with Wilder as they are such a fantastic pair more so than Wilder n Pryor even. Mostel was… More
Jim Hunter
A Broadway producer and his accountant team up to make a flop as part of a get-rich-quick scheme. Maybe it's because this film is an oft-imitated classic,… More
Alex roy
Mel Brooks' The Producers is an accomplished comedy classic that is superbly acted and directed. This is a funny and entertaining film that is pure comedy… More
Apeneck Fletcher
One of Mel Brooks best, ably carried by Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder, around the theme ( like the song ) There's No Business Like Show Business. Dated a… More
Anders Gatten
I think we can all agree that Mel Brooks is one of the great greatest directors of comedy that has ever lived on this planet (I'm not ruling out life on… More
Chris Weber
Mel Brooks's darkly comedic satire about both Broadway (specifically) and the film industry (broadly), despite beinng a bit dated, is very funny, and a… More

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