The Producers is a 1968 feature length comedy film set in New York City in which two con-men attempt to cheat theater "angels" (investors) out of their investment money. Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is a failed, aging Broadway producer who meets up with accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder). Their plan is to oversell shares in a show and then go bankrupt and keep all the unspent funds. They set out to purposely make a flop so that no one will ever audit the flop's books. Springtime for Hitler, a musical comedy about Adolf Hitler, is the result. Unfortunately, the Broadway musical becomes a hit. The writer (Kenneth Mars) who really believed they were producing a tribute to Hitler is insulted by the audience's laughter. He and the producers bomb the theatre to end the production. The producers see it as a final — yet futile — plan to reap their ill-gotten gains. However, the producers end up in prison where they cast a new show amongst the prisoners.
The movie was written and directed by Mel Brooks.
It won an Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen and was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Gene Wilder). The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.