STAY CLASSY: The Producers (1967)

the producers
BY KENDALL ERICKSON

Year Released: 1968

How It Fared Back Then: To put it bluntly, not great. The film received wildly mixed reviews from critics, and audiences’ reception to it was mixed as well. The consensus about this film at the time was that, while it was funny, it was vulgar and cruel.  However, this didn’t stop writer and director Mel Brooks from winning the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Gene Wilder from being nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Why It’s Lasted: Two words. Mel. Brooks. This film was the first that he directed, and since it’s release, he has generated a reputation for himself as being one to create cult classics and comedies (Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, Robin Hood: Men In Tights). Additionally, the 2001 Broadway musical adaptation of this film and the 2005 musical revamp of the film starring Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick has turned this classic comedy into a cult classic.

Classic Moments:

  • “MY BLUE BLANKET!”
  • “I’m wet. I’m wet. I’m hysterical and I’m wet. I’m in pain and I’m wet… AND I’M STILL HYSTERICAL!”
  • The Hitler auditions

Does It  Still Hold Up? Coming from a girl who has always had a strange old man crush on Gene Wilder, yes. I like to think this film still holds up. Is it offensive? Yes. But really, what isn’t these days? It’s an intelligent comedy with a unique story that has some heart, some violence, and a whole lot of laughs.

kendallA student at Dalhousie University, Kendall is a musical theatre geek and a huge fan of singing in the shower. She is a bookworm, musician and that person who literally cries during every chick flick.

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One response to “STAY CLASSY: The Producers (1967)

  1. Lee Meredith and Josip Elic are scheduled to appear at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, Sept. 18-20, in Hunt Valley, Md., at the Hunt Valley Wyndham Hotel, and not only will be doing photos with fans and singing autographs, but also attending a special screening of The Producers (1967). Also scheduled to appear are Piper Laurie, Veronica Cartwright, Angela Cartwright, Lee Meredith, George Lazenby, and more. More information is at http://midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com.

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