The Producers

DVD - 2003
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Producers
A legendary producer and his mild-mannered accountant face catastrophe when their play unexpectedly becomes a success.

Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : MGM Home Entertainment, 2003, c1968
ISBN: 0792859146
Branch Call Number: PRODUCER
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Uniform Title: Mel Brooks' The producers


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Oct 22, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mel Brooks has been writing and directing movies for over 50 years. What started all this success is the full length movie "The Producers". Up to that point Mel Brooks did writing and acting of sketches on the Steve Allen Show. He also made a short movie titled "The Critic". Then he made the classic satire "The Producers" staring two unlikely stars. They were Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. The two are trying to fleece old maids of their money by fancying up to them to invest in a musical. I won't give you any more plot details. I don't want to ruin this for you. Yes, there was a remake of "The Producers" with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick. This was first a stage play and then made into the movie. The two movies are different because the second is more a musical and the first is more a comedy. I like the comedy better than the music. Don't wait to hear the greatest hits from the musical "The Producers". I noted that the classic "The Producers" has a one star rating. I think these are patrons confused that this is the musical remake of the original classic. A good comparison would be to check out this DVD on the 1967 original "The Producers". Then check out the remake and see the difference for yourself. I would love to restore the original classic to the Five Stars to so deeply deserves. You could help me leaving your reaction to the movie here on the KCLS web site. Thanks!!
PS I am sorry to see that KCLS only has one copy of the original "The Producers". It is not even checked out, so this is a classic sleeping on a library shelf. I encourage you to see it for yourself.

May 17, 2014
  • petercorell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was in the room when my brother brought out the movie "The Producers". I thought of what the heck lets take it easy and watch a flick. Before I knew it we were all laughing so hard we were encouraging others to come into the room to see it with us. You don't want to miss "The Producers".

Aug 08, 2011
  • AtomicFez rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Given the reputation which preceded its final arrival at my eye-balls, this was a bit of a disappointment. I hasten to say it was still "good", just not the incredible laugh-fest one expected. Good, yes. Funny, yes. Worth seeing, yes. One of the top five comedies ever made, possibly but not guaranteed. It may improve with a viewing in a crowd. Given this was Brooks' first directing gig, it's impressive; but it suffers from slightly un-even editing. Lee Meredith is not someone I would have thought "hubba-hubba!!" about before now, but I'm glad my view was changed.

Now I wish to see the film adaptation of the stage musical (having not seen the intermediary iteration of this tale).

Oct 16, 2010
  • melbl8tr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Uneven black comedy. Fans of Mel Brooks's other films will enjoy it.


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