The Producers (5 stars)

The Producers

(15) 88 min (Optimum DVD retail)


Mel Brooks’ classic and surely – with full respect to High Anxiety and Blazing Saddles – his greatest film still stands up brilliantly forty years on. For those unfamiliar with its plot, we meet a rapacious Broadway producer (Zero Mostel) and a timid accountant (Gene Wilder) who hatch a plan to make a fortune from an unredeemable flop. Things don’t go to plan, and in Springtime for Hitler they find an unexpected hit, which promises to ruin them.

In the package which accompanies this release, there’s also a fascinating documentary on the making of the film, with interviews with Brooks, Wilder, Kenneth Mars, and almost all of the surviving cast members and crew.

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