Blazing Saddles

1974

Blazing Saddles

Critics Consensus

Daring, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny, Blazing Saddles is a gleefully vulgar spoof of Westerns that marks a high point in Mel Brooks' storied career.

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Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, and Madeline Kahn as a chanteuse modelled on Marlene Dietrich. As in Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), and High Anxiety (1977), director/writer Mel Brooks gives a burlesque spin to a classic Hollywood movie genre; in his own manic, Borscht Belt way, Brooks was a central player in revising classic genres in light of Seventies values and attitudes, an effort most often associated with such directors as Robert Altman and Peter Bogdanovich . Some of this film's sequences, notably a gaseous bean dinner around a campfire, have become comedy classics. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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Cast

Harvey Korman
as Hedley Lamarr
Madeline Kahn
as Lili Von Shtupp
Slim Pickens
as Taggart
David Huddleston
as Olson Johnson
Mel Brooks
as Indian Chief
Liam Dunn
as Reverend Johnson
John Hillerman
as Howard Johnson
Carol DeLuise
as Harriett Johnson
George Furth
as Van Johnson
Richard Collier
as Dr. Sam Johnson
Robyn Hilton
as Miss Stein
Dom DeLuise
as Buddy Bizarre
Don Megowan
as Gum-chewer
Count Basie
as Himself
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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (7)

  • Mel Brooks has come up with his most outrageous comedy to date in the brilliantly funny Blazing Saddles.

    Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Goldarned if the whole fool enterprise is not worth the attention of any moviegoer with a penchant for what one actor, commenting on another's Gabby Hayes imitation, calls 'authentic western gibberish.'

    Aug 22, 2008 | Full Review…
  • One of the funniest awful movies ever made.

    Apr 2, 2008 | Full Review…
  • Although Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder head a uniformly competent cast, pic is handily stolen by Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn. Kahn is simply terrific doing a Marlene Dietrich lampoon.

    Apr 2, 2008 | Full Review…

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    Variety
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  • The screenplay is credited to five writers, and it shows in the confused melange of styles.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • It's a crazed grabbag of a movie that does everything to keep us laughing except hit us over the head with a rubber chicken.

    Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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