A pair of Broadway play producers come up with a
scheme to make a ton of cash by producing a surefire flop.
The Producers (1967)
Written and Directed by Mel Brooks
Starring Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars,
Lee Meredith, Dick Shawn, Christopher Hewitt
Oscar Wins - Best Original Screenplay
Oscar Nominations - Best Supporting Actor (Gene Wilder)
The Producers is a timeless comedy that has aged very well and is still able to induce gut-busting laughs. The comedy duo of Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder make this film one of the funniest in Mel Brooks's whole filmography.
The premise of the film is so outrageous, considering it revolves around a play that glorifies Adolf Hitler. What makes it work is all the tongue-in-cheek humor, almost like the film is mocking itself and doing a great job of it. Gene Wilder steals the show as neurotic accountant Leo Bloom, whose constant panic attacks were the main source of laughs for me.
While not as funny as some of his other masterpieces, Mel Brooks definitely showed the comedy world what he was made of with The Producers. If you're looking for good laughs and witty humor, this is the film for you.