Combustible Celluloid
 
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With: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars, Estelle Winwood, Lee Meredith
Written by: Mel Brooks
Directed by: Mel Brooks
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 88
Date: 03/18/1968
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The Producers (1968)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Hysterical

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Mel Brooks' feature writing and directing debut remains scathingly hysterical and features brilliant performances by Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder. If you loved the new musical, you owe it to yourself to see this. Mostel plays a broke Broadway producer (with a cardboard belt) who, along with his meek new accountant (Wilder), cooks up a scheme to put on the biggest flop in history and simply keep the financial backing. The result: "Springtime for Hitler." Dick Shawn plays the crazy director and Kenneth Mars plays the neo-Nazi playwright. Brooks won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. "I'm wet! And I'm still hysterical!"