A truly great, classic American comedy, full of insanely funny scenes, wonderful and way over the top, but never out of control performances, and a really clever central idea.
Max (Zero Mostel) is a down on his luck Broadway producer who's been reduced to seducing little old ladies in the hope of conning them out of enough money to stay afloat. One day a young accountant named Leo (Gene Wilder) comes to audit his books, and trips into the theoretic discovery that one could make a ton of money by wildly overselling the shares of a show, and then having the show be a flop. Who would audit and see that you sold 10,000% of the profits if it’s a disaster? To Max, this sounds like a genius idea to try, and he enlists the super-neurotic, hysterical Leo in a quest to find the world's worst play they can be sure will bomb. (Because, if it doesn’t, they’ll end up in jail for fraud).
This leads them to a little ditty called ‘Springtime for Hitler’ -- a love poem of a play to the Fuhrer from a fully insane Nazi hiding in New York City. While Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder - both quite brilliant - got most of the attention as the odd couple of producers, Kenneth Mars' performance as the Nazi playwright is one of the greatest comic characters I’ve ever seen. Multiple viewings have failed to dampen his ability to reduce me to tears of laughter.
Without going through the rest of the plot, suffice it to say this just goes from highlight to highlight, and is crammed full of brilliant performances in even the smallest roles. The 5 minute 'auditions for Hitler' montage has more laughs than most good comedies have in their whole running time. A triumph of an insane, absurd first film for Mel Brooks - and the years have done little to dim it's brilliance.
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One of the great American comedies22 April 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
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OMG, so funny!20 December 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
I'm introducing my teenaged grandson to the comedy genius of Mel Brooks. We ordered this original version of The Producers on Amazon Prime. We laughed so hard we had to move our beverages to the kitchen so we wouldn't spew liquid all over the living room. The thing about Mel is that while many may scream that he's not politically correct, he makes fun of EVERYTHING. My grandson wiped tears from his eyes as he laughed at the absolute smack-down of Nazis, while the Jewish stereotypes were also zinged. Love, love, love this movie. (Note: I started my grandson on Mel with Blazing Saddles after a "Grandma, I don't like cowboy movies" argument. He loves that cowboy movie! Next up: Spaceballs and Young Frankenstein.)
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An OK, older comedy.8 September 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
Judging this movie by general, noble (not necessarily popular) comedy standards, it's about average, or a little above average. Judging it next to Mel Brooks' other comedies, though, and I have to say it's maybe average or a little below average. Much of the humor just fell flat with me, and seemed corny and unfunny. It did have a fair amount of good belly-laugh and hearty-chuckle moments--and the "Springtime For Hitler" concept behind the play within this movie was one of Mel Brooks' greatest strokes of genius ever--and Gene Wilder's usually entertaining as always, but I just can't group this film with those other, mostly later masterpieces of Brooks: "Robin Hood--Men In Tights", "Dracula--Dead and Loving It", "High Anxiety", and "Blazing Saddles". Personally, I would rate this as being of similar comedic value as a Brooks movie like "History of the World, Pt 1": Not one of his funniest, but, it being a Mel Brooks film, it's more entertaining and amusing than many other comedies out there.
Zero is 100%25 June 2018 - Published on Amazon.com
One of the greatest film comedies of all time. Zero Mostel's performance is just...astoundingly funny, touching, brilliant. If you've never seen the ORIGINAL movie, there's NOTHING that can beat Zero Mostel's performance. Nathan Lane on Broadway and the movie were based on the original. SEE THE ORIGINAL.
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A True (But Dated) Classic24 January 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
I love this movie. It is the classic tale of excessively bad being exceedingly good, and the problems that come from it. Just HOW bad, is complicated by the movie's age. When it was released in 1967, World War 2 was just far enough away to be a subject of comedy, but close enough to be feasible that the play's author could be portrayed as someone who could have known Hitler. His reactions and subsequent actions are key plot points that would be impossible today, A Dick Shawn's beat/flower-child was perfect...at that time. Much of the depths of humor in his portrayal is lost today. When it was released, it truly captured the absurdities of SO many aspects of society at that point in time. Many of the conflicts just don't ring true today. Whether for good or ill, we have evolved as a society. The portrayal of gays as a point. While almost enlightened at the time, it is offensive today. But if taken for what it is, a snapshot of an industry and time, it is amazing. The chemistry between Mostel and Wilder is magic. I saw this movie when it first came out, and have watched it many times since. If my comments about it seem negative, it is because as I see the reactions of my children and grandchildren, I feel a bit of nostalgic sadness at the things they cannot relate to.
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