Blazing Saddles
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Blazing Saddles

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Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens

     
 

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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,… See more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The face of movie comedy was changed forever by Mel Brooks’s raucous but affectionate spoof of old-fashioned Hollywood westerns, and for that reason alone Blazing Saddles belongs in every DVD home library. Writer-director Brooks not only lampooned the hoariest horse opera clichés in this 1974 romp, he also challenged the self-censorial political correctness then just beginning to creep into Hollywood films. The justifiably notorious campfire scene, which some critics decried as unnecessarily coarse and vulgar, heralded a veritable flood of movie gags involving bodily functions. By today’s standards, the flatulent frontiersmen seem pretty tame. But after 30 years, what still startles is the frequent and all-too-casual use of the n-word to describe Cleavon Little’s character, the former railroad worker appointed as sheriff of Rock Ridge, a town beset by rustlers and bad guys working for a corrupt government official (Harvey Korman). Racial slurs aside, the laughs come fast and furious as the sheriff combats range ruffians with the aid of a drunken gunfighter (Gene Wilder, stealing nearly every scene he’s in) and a leggy femme fatale (Madeline Kahn, in a hilarious takeoff on the saloon girl played by Marlene Dietrich in Destry Rides Again). Blazing Saddles and its successor, the Brooks-directed Young Frankenstein, forever changed the way Hollywood looked at itself. These no-holds-barred comedies, with their sophomoric innuendoes and self-referential excesses, remain templates for filmmakers who specialize in parody. Blazing Saddles, the first and more daring of the two, still has the power to raise eyebrows and drop jaws, three decades after its big-screen debut. Based on what has followed in its wake, that’s pretty amazing.
All Movie Guide
Mel Brooks at his ribald, tasteless best, Blazing Saddles stands out as one of the all-time great film spoofs. Sparing no one from his outrageous brand of humor, Brooks proved he was an egalitarian when it came to making fun of people, regardless of skin color or religious persuasion: where blacks may come off as stereotypical, whites are seen as just plain stupid and ignorant. Beyond its over-the-top humor and genre revision of the Western, Blazing Saddles boasts some great performances, with Madeline Kahn, Gene Wilder, and Slim Pickens doing some of the best work of their careers. It also features a number of scenes that have elevated the film into the realm of the comedy classic, perhaps most infamously the one involving beans, a campfire, and the most gratuitous display of flatulence ever to cloud a movie screen.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2006
UPC:
0012569828384
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
16,675

Special Features

Closed Caption; Additional scenes; Scene-specific commentary by Mel Brooks; 2 documentaries: Back in the Saddle, Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn (excerpt); Black Bart: 1975 pilot episode of the proposed TV series spinoff; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cleavon Little Bart
Gene Wilder Jim, the Waco Kid
Slim Pickens Taggart
Harvey Korman Hedley Lamarr
David Huddleston Olson Johnson
Mel Brooks Governor Lepetomane,Indian Chief
Alex Karras Mongo
Madeline Kahn Lili Von Shtupp
Burton Gilliam Lyle
Carol Arthur Harriett Johnson
Richard Collier Dr. Sam Johnson
Charles McGregor Charlie
Robyn Hilton Miss Stein
Dom DeLuise Buddy Bizarre
Don Megowan Gum-chewer
Liam Dunn Reverend Johnson
John Hillerman Howard Johnson
George Furth Van Johnson
Claude Ennis Starrett Gabby Johnson
Darrell Sandeen Actor

Technical Credits
Mel Brooks Director,Songwriter,Screenwriter
Andrew Bergman Original Story,Screenwriter
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Danford B. Greene Editor
Michael Hertzberg Producer
Morrie Hoffman Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Horvitch Editor
John C. Howard Editor
Alan Johnson Choreography
Terry Miles Makeup
John Morris Score Composer,Songwriter
Vittorio Nino Novarese Costumes/Costume Designer
C. Timothy O'Meara Editor
Richard Pryor Screenwriter
Norman Steinberg Screenwriter
Alan Uger Asst. Director,Screenwriter
Peter W. Wooley Producer,Production Designer

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