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The Producers is a 1968 American satirical dark comedy cult classic movie written and directed by Mel Brooks. The movie tells the story of a theatrical producer and an accountant who want to produce a Broadway musical, but they want it to fail. They take more money from investors than they need and plan to abscond to Brazil as soon as the play closes, only to see the show turn out to be a hit.
The Producers was the first movie directed by Mel Brooks. He won an Academy Award for his screenplay. Decades later, it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry and placed 11th on the AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list. The movie was later remade successfully by Brooks as a successful Broadway stage musical. The musical itself was adapted as a movie.
- Zero Mostel as Max Bialystock, the producer
- Gene Wilder as Leo Bloom, the accountant
- Dick Shawn as L.S.D.
- Kenneth Mars as former Nazi soldier and playwright, Franz Liebkind