The Producers (1968 film)

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The Producers (1968) is an American satirical dark comedy film written and directed by Mel Brooks. It's set in the late 1960s and it tells the story of a theatrical producer and an accountant who want to produce a sure-fire Broadway flop. They take more money from investors than they need and plan to abscond to Brazil after opening night. The film stars Zero Mostel as the producer and Gene Wilder as the accountant and features Kenneth Mars as the WWII Nazi soldier/playwright and Dick Shawn as the actor who ends up playing the lead in the musical within the movie.

The Producers was the first film directed by Mel Brooks. He won an Academy Award for his screenplay.

It was shot at the Chelsea Studios in New York City, where the musical version (2005) was also shot.[1]



Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is a failed, aging Broadway producer who ekes out a living romancing lascivious wealthy elderly women in exchange for money for his "next play". Nebbishy accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) arrives at Bialystock's office to do his books and discovers there is a two thousand dollar overage in the accounts of Bialystock's last play because he raised more money than he needed. Bialystock persuades Bloom to hide the relatively minor fraud; and, while shuffling numbers, Bloom has a revelation, which Bialystock immediately puts into action. They will over-sell shares again but on a much larger scale and produce a play that will close on Opening Night. No one audits the books of a play presumed to have lost money, thus avoiding a pay-out and leaving the duo free to flee to Rio de Janeiro with the profits. Leo is afraid such a criminal venture will fail and they will go to prison; but Max eventually convinces him that his drab existence is no better than prison.

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