Watch The Producers
- 2 hr 14 min
The Producers is a remake of the 1968 film of the same name made by Mel Brooks. The Producers starts with a viewing of the musical Hamlet spoof Funny Boy, which was produced by Max Bialystock. Funny Boy opens and closes in one night. Afterwards, Leo Bloom, Max's accountant, comes to the show, and after researching Max's books, "plants" an idea in Max's head that he should write the worst musical production so that he could come away with two million dollars. Leo at first refuses, but after daydreaming about becoming a producer, he joins up with Max, and the two begin in earnest a search for the worst play ever written. They come across just one such play written by ex-Nazi Franz Liebkind. Franz is at first reluctant to release his screenplay, but he finally does after having both Max and Leon swear an oath. After hiring a flamboyantly gay director and his assistant to direct and choreograph the play, the duo are visited by a Swedish woman named Ulla who would like a part in the play, even though auditions are over. Leo is reluctant to do so, but Max insists on hiring her as a secretary (saying in the aptly titled song "If you've got it, flaunt it"). After coercing several old ladies across town into financing their play, Max and Leo stage proper auditions for the roles. Franz, who holds Hitler in high regard, is angered with the way the singer plays Hitler and is soon given the role of Hitler after singing the song right. Opening night finds Franz unable to preform as Hitler, so Roger goes out as Hitler. The public sees Roger's camp gay performance as Hitler as satire and making a mockery of the dictator, and they love it, much to Max and Leo's chagrin. Leo and Ulla leave for Brazil while Max takes the heat. Leo returns and both are pardoned by the governor.