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Running Time:
2 hours, 14 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for sexual humor and references

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
All of the fun of the original Mel Brooks 1968 classic and the Broadway musical plus so much more, in a marvelously sparkling production.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes including never-before-seen musical numbers; Outtakes; Analysis of a scene "I Wanna Be a Producer"; Feature commentary with director Susan Stroman.

The Producers
This is a sparkling film version of the record-breaking Award-winning musical which Mel Brooks based on his 1968 motion picture comedy classic. The Broadway production received 15 Tony nominations and won a record-breaking 12 awards, including Best Musical, Best Director and Choreographer, and Best Actor.

Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick reprise their much celebrated roles as Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom, the scheming theatrical producer and his mousy accountant who hit upon what they think is the perfect plan to embezzle a fortune: raise a lot more money than they really need to produce a sure-fire Broadway flop and then take what's left over after the opening night failure, and head for South America. To accomplish this plan, they need to find the worst play ever written, and hire the worst director they can find, and they happily accomplish their goals. They find a tasteless musical entitled "Springtime for Hitler," and convince the author to let them produce it. But their plan backfires when their production becomes a gigantic success. That's when the worst trouble begins.

Several of the supporting performances in the movie are even better than their Broadway counterparts. Particularly Uma Thurman, as Ulla the Swedish beauty who wants to be their secretary, and Will Ferrell, as the pigeon-raising Nazi playwright Franz Liebkind. And repeating their Broadway roles there's the hilarious Gary Beach as Roger De Bris, the director who prefers wearing dresses and, as his wildly campy assistant Carmen Ghia (Roger Bart "Desperate Housewives").

Susan Stroman, the Tony Award-winning director and choreographer of the original Broadway production has done it again and with even more sparkle and inventiveness. Despite the fact that he's done the role countless times in both New York and London, Nathan Lane gives an unforgettable performance. Whether you loved the show or didn't even see it, unless you hate musicals, you're bound to enjoy "The Producers."

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