The Producers

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The Producers is a 1968 American satirical black comedy film written and directed by Mel Brooks.

Starring Zero Mostel, , Dick Shawn, and Kenneth Mars, the film is about a theatre producer and his accountant who, as part of a scam, have to stage the worst stage musical they can create.

Down-on-his-luck theatrical producer Max Bialystock is forced to romance rich old ladies to finance his efforts. When timid accountant Leo Bloom reviews Max’s accounting books, the two hit upon a way to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire flop. The play which is to be their gold mine? “Springtime for Hitler.”

The Producers was Brooks’s directorial debut. For the film, he won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 1996, the film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry and placed eleventh on the AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs list. It was later adapted by Brooks and Thomas Meehan as a stage musical, which itself was adapted into a film.

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