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There's a lot more to you than there is to you! [mouthed] What the fck?
We got the wrong play, the wrong director, the wrong cast. Where did we go right?
[after seeing Franz perform at the auditions] THAT'S OUR HITLER!
[with a very high Irish accent] And now I'll be on me way, before me voice gets any higher! As we say in the old country... [normal voice] TAXI!
[to Ulla] Even though we're sitting down, we're giving you a standing ovation.
What are you shooting at us for, you teutonic TWIT?!
Hold me touch me, where is hold me touch me...Hold me touch me, Hold me touch me... Kiss me feel me, Lick me bite me, Yank me spank me, Suck me fu... ah! Hold me touch me!
[to a prisoner in Sing Sing] What are you in for, lack of rhythm?
I'll send you to the moon Thursday. I may even join you.
- "Overture" - Orchestra
- "Opening Night" - Opening Nighters
- "We Can Do It" - Max and Leo
- "I Wanna Be a Producer" - Leo, Accountants, Mr. Marks and Dancing Chorus Girls
- "Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop" - Franz, Max, and Leo
- "Keep It Gay" - Roger, Carmen, Max, Leo, and Company
- "When You Got It, Flaunt It" - Ulla
- "Along Came Bialy" - Max and Little Old Ladies
- "That Face" - Leo and Ulla
- "Haben Sie gehört das Deutsche Band?" - Franz
- "You Never Say Good Luck on Opening Night" - Roger, Carmen, Franz, Max, and Leo
- "Springtime for Hitler (Part I)" - Soldiers, Girls, and Company
- "Heil Myself" - Roger and Company
- "Springtime for Hitler (Part II)" - Roger, Ulla, and Company
- "You'll Find Your Happiness in Rio" - Samba Band
- "Betrayed" - Max
- "'Til Him" - Max, Leo, and Little Old Ladies
- "Prisoners of Love (Broadway)" - Prisoners, Ulla, and Company
- "Prisoners of Love (Leo and Max)" - Leo and Max
- "There's Nothing Like a Show on Broadway" - Leo and Max
- "The Hop-Clop Goes On" - Franz
- "Goodbye!" - Leo, Max, Ulla, Roger, Carmen, Mr. Marks, Accountants, Dancing Chorus Girls, and Mel Brooks
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- "The King of Broadway" - Max (deleted scene on DVD)
received mixed or average reviews from critics. One positive online review said: "Outrageous musical numbers evoke most of the laughs in this movie funfest. Eat your heart out, Rockettes, because here comes a little old ladies’ chorus line (“Along Came Bialy”) to rival your success. Watch out, real-life producers, for an actor named Gary Beach (“Heil Myself”). Never, and I mean never, hire him if you want your play to flop! And stop spinning in your grave, Florenz Ziegfeld. Those “Springtime for Hitler and Germany” showgirls are all in good fun. Finally, congratulations to director Susan Stroman, for making this Broadway gem into a film that old-time movie musical fans like me can cheer about."
Nathan Rabin wrote: "Between the rough start and an ending that lingers too long, there's a solid hour or so of terrific entertainment that serves as both a giddy tribute to Broadway musicals and a parody thereof. Thirty-seven years after Brooks declared war on taste and propriety, 'The Producers' has lost its power to shock or offend, but it's retained its ability to amuse."
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cited difficulty in reviewing the film due to familiarity with the original 1968 film. However, he did state that the new version was "fun" and gave it three stars (out of a possible four). Said Ebert: "The new movie is a success, that I know. How much of a success, I cannot be sure."
In addition to these positive reviews, it was nominated for four Golden Globes (including nominations for actors Ferrell and Lane).
Most negative reviews suggested that the performances were tuned more for the theater rather than for film. Stephanie Zacharek observed: "'The Producers' is essentially a filmed version of a stage play, in which none of the characters' expressions or line readings have been scaled down to make sense on-screen. Every gesture is played out as if the actors were 20 feet away in real life, which means that, by the time the performers are magnified on the big screen, they're practically sitting in your lap. The effect is something like watching a 3-D Imax film without the special glasses."
- In the song "Opening Night", a newspaper theatre review is shown on the screen; on the byline, credit is given to Addison DeWitt, the theatre critic played by George Sanders
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in All About Eve
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- When Leo Bloom shouts "Stop the world, I wanna get on!" it is a reference to the musical Stop the World - I Want to Get Off
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- When Max is visiting the old ladies in their apartment buildings, he pushes several intercom buttons, labeled with names of the residents they refer to. Many of these are references: Anne Bancroft
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, The Great Gatsby
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, the name of a department store
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, the Tisch School of Arts and Tisch Hospital at New York University
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, Citizen Kane
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, Edith Wharton
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, Andrew Carnegie
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, John Jacob Astor V, John D. Rockefeller
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, and Joseph Pulitzer
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, who established the Pulitzer Prize
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- While talking about the $2,000 missing from Max's books after "Funny Boy", the calendar behind Max and Leo reads June 16. The date is known as "Bloomsday" (later referenced when Leo and Max agree go ahead with their plan) by fans of James Joyce
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and his novel Ulysses
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. Joyce's character Leopold Bloom experiences extraordinary things on what's supposed to be an ordinary day - June 16.
- At the end of the song "The Hop-Clop Goes On" Franz whispers, "Don't forget to buy Mein Kampf
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, in paperback
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. Available near you at Borders Books
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or Barnes & Noble
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- When Max and Leo are searching for the worst play ever written in Act 1, Max reads out the opening sentence of The Metamorphosis
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by Franz Kafka
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, but dismisses it as "too good".
- Young Frankenstein
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; while in Sing Sing prison, the inmates are seen rehearsing a dance for Prisoners of Love. This is the same dance done by Dr. Frederick Frankenstein and the Frankenstein Monster.