Blazing Saddles


Blazing Saddles

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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


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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Critic Reviews for Blazing Saddles

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (5)

  • 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…

    Variety Staff

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

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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…

Audience Reviews for Blazing Saddles

  • Nov 17, 2018
    There are a few moments here and there that made me laugh out loud, but on a whole this raunchy comedy shoots in every direction with a bunch of silly, hit-or-miss gags whose punch lines we can see from miles away - and also, what the hell is so funny about people farting?
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2014
    An African-American sheriff protects a Western town threatened by a railroad expansion. Let's take a look at some of the bits in this film. First, the bad guys want to discredit the sheriff, so they employ a prostitute to seduce him. She does, but because black men have large penises, she is grateful for their night of love-making and doesn't threaten his honor. Second, the sheriff outwits the bad guys by dressing up as a bellboy, who goes unnoticed because black people are meant to be in servile roles. There's no doubt that there's a lot of satire here, but the film nonetheless commerces in racial stereotypes in ways that I find uncomfortable. Rather than finding the film funny, I found its social critique pedestrian, and while making fun of racism is good, repeating racial stereotypes can be dangerous even under the glass of satire. Perhaps if I had seen this film when it was first released, I would have found it valuable, but now I find it difficult to recommend. Overall, with uncomfortable racial politics, i don't think this film hits the mark.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2013
    It's got a few particularly memorable gags, but Blazing Saddles' padded runtime leaves the impression that Mel Gibson and company simply ran out of ideas about halfway through.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2013
    Perhaps it's because Young Frankenstein remains one of my favorite comedies of all time, but this sort of seems like a step below that high standard, even if this movie came out a little less than a year before Young Frankenstein. Anyway, setting all that aside, this film is still absolutely tremendous with its raunchy humor and a manic, yet silly, energy about that makes this film an absolute blast. The film could certainly be seen as controversial due to its racial humor, but it is used to illustrate a point about the western genre and it's racism, so in that way the film is far more thoughtful than its humor would imply. This isn't unlike Mel Brooks' other spoof films, it's silly, it's over the top, features a large cast of incredibly talented comedians, with Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn and Dom Deluise's cameo being highlights in a film that's hilarious from beginning to end. Perhaps another reason I liked Young Frankenstein more was because of Gene Wilder's genius comedic performance in that movie and in this movie there isn't that individual performance that would take it to the next level, it's the work of the entire cast. And don't get me wrong, Young Frankenstein is the work of the cast as well, but there's that little extra oomph when you have Gene Wilder going batshit as well. This film doesn't have that, though, again, this film is still pretty amazing and hilarious without that aspect. The film is really all over the place and while the climax of the film breaks the fourth wall in a pretty gigantic manner, it somehow fits with the insanity of the film. And, in hindsight, it actually makes the film even funnier than it was after the "twist". So yea I loved this movie, this might be a shitty review, and it really is, but I had tears flowing down my face because that's how funny the movie was. Comedy gold right here.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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