The Producers

How do you produce a sure Broadway flop? a&d

 

 

 

If you choose the worst play ever written, fill it with lousy actors and find a totally incompetent director, you can’t go wrong… Or can you?

This film from 1968 is about a theater producer and his accountant who have discovered that a producer can make more money with a flop than with a hit. They will over-sell shares in a play and produce a show that will close on opening night. No one audits the books of a play presumed to have lost money, thus avoiding a pay-out to the investors. The duo will then flee to Rio de Janeiro with the profits.

The movie initially received mixed reviews. Some critics talked about “bad taste” and “insensitivity”, but it did get an Oscar for best original screenplay, and it has since then become a cult-film.

The film was directed by Mel Brooks. Zero Mostel played the theatre producer, Max Bialystock, and Gene Wilder played the accountant, Leo Bloom.

 

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