Blazing Saddles (1974)
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Average Rating: 6.7/10
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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
Feb 7, 1974 Wide
Aug 27, 1997
Warner Bros. Pictures
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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.
Blazing Saddles has no dominant personality, and it looks as if it includes every gag thought up in every story conference. Whether good, bad, or mild, nothing was thrown out.
...may look like a Western, but in actuality it takes place in just another corner of Mel Brooks' mad brain.
It's tough to beat as an outrageously phlegmy deposit in Hollywood's spittoon.
I laughed and laughed while viewing this again. Maybe part of it was nostalgia, but part of it came from a refreshing feeling of being shocked once more.
...at once a parody of old Western movies and a social satire on race and prejudice.
Madeline Kahn was nominated for the Supporting Actress Oscar for her wonderful parody of all the cabaret singers that Dietrich used to play, including the comedy-Western Destry Rides Again.
Chalk up Blazing Saddles as only a lampoon of Hollywood westerns and you miss the point by a Texas mile.... Its humor is the palliative that lets Brooks mock prejudices and, with gloves off, prejudiced people.
Whacked out and brilliant. Eminently rewatchable.
The funniest Mel Brooks film, Clevevon Little, who died far too young, is a comic genius. With the success of The Producers on Broadway maybe we can expect a stage version of Saddles which I'd pay good money to see.
Hilarious, irreverant western spoof. One of Mel Brooks' best.
Brooks' wholehearted embracing of rank vulgarity, together with his innovative quickfire sketch structure, titillated crowds more used to sophisticated Hollywood humour.
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- Reverend Johnson: Oh Lord! Do we have the strength to pull off this mighty task in one night...or are we just jerking off?
- Mongo: Mongo only pawn in the game of life.
- Bart: Are we awake?
- Jim the Waco Kid: We're not sure. Are we... black?
- Bart: Yes we are.
- Jim the Waco Kid: Then we're awake. But we're very puzzled.
- Hedley Lamarr: If I could find a sheriff who so offends the citizens of Rock Ridge, that his very appearance would drive them out of town. [looks out to audience] Well, where would I find such a man? Why am I asking YOU?
- Bart: So, what's your name?
- Jim the Waco Kid: My name is Jim. But most people call me......Jim.
- Jim the Waco Kid: *holds up right hand* Look at that.
- Bart: Steady as a rock.
- Jim the Waco Kid: Yeah, but I shoot with this hand. *holds up right hand, shaking*
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