The Producers

1968 PG 1h 30m DVD

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The Producers

1968 PG 1h 30m DVD
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Rapacious but lovable producer Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) hasn't had a hit in years when, quite by accident, he and his meek, neurotic accountant, Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder), come up with a plot to oversell shares in a surefire flop musical and make off with the profits. The catch is that their cash cow, "Springtime for Hitler," is the worst show ever written. Mel Brooks directs this comic gem that inspired the Broadway musical of the same name.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1, Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital Mono
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
  • Zero Mostel
  • Gene Wilder
  • Dick Shawn
  • Kenneth Mars
  • Lee Meredith
  • Christopher Hewett
  • Andréas Voutsinas
  • Estelle Winwood
  • Renée Taylor
  • William Hickey
  • David Patch
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film depicts two con men trying to steal money from elderly women and unsuspecting theatergoers. The Broadway musical featured in the movie comically champions Nazi beliefs and dogma; the song lyrics contain many references to the glory of "the master race" and other aspects of Nazi ideologies. There are several references to sex and the musical features some suggestively clad females on stage. Because the film has been turned into a high-profile Broadway musical and is being remade for the screen with actors Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, children may be familiar with it and want to see it.

Sexual Content

A main character is characterized as being "a gigolo." Female characters are depicted in suggestive costumes. Highly stereotypical depictions of homosexuality.

Violence

All slapstick.

Language

Farcical song lyrics deal with racism and anti-semitism.

Social Behavior

The two leads lie, cheat, and steal from old ladies. While they are punished for their actions, this does not change them in any way.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some drinking, largely without consequences.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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