The Producers

The Producers (1967)

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Mild-mannered accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) goes to do the accounts of Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel), a failing Broadway producer. When Leo realises that if you were really a dishonest person, you could make more money with a play that flopped than you could with a hit, Max persuades him to become his business partner, and they seek out the worst play in existence, to try and get a sure-fire flop and become rich. The play they find is 'Springtime for Hitler', by an unreformed Nazi called Franz Liebkind. Having secured the play, they hire the worst director they can find, and the worst actors, including a hippy called LSD, who wanders into the audition by mistake and ends up cast as Hitler. Surely nothing can go wrong with their scheme?

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Audio problem: During LSD's performance of "Love Power" at the Springtime for Hitler auditions, it's possible to hear musical instruments that the members of his band do not play, for example a bass guitar, drums, and a flute are heard but not seen.

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Max Bialystock: Leo, he who hesitates is poor.

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Trivia: The film inspired a 2000 Broadway musical, with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, respectively. The musical won 12 Tony Awards. The musical was later adapted into a film, becoming a movie based on a musical based on a movie about a musical.

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