Blazing Saddles (1974) USA
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Director:Mel Brooks
Studio:Warner Home Video
Producer:Michael Hertzberg
Writer:Andrew Bergman, Mel Brooks
Date Added:2006-03-27
Awards:Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Languages:English, Yiddish
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
Full Screen
Mel Brooks  ...  (Director)
Andrew Bergman, Mel Brooks  ...  (Writer)
Cleavon Little  ...  Bart
Gene Wilder  ...  Jim (The Waco Kid)
Slim Pickens  ...  Taggart
David Huddleston  ...  Olson Johnson
Liam Dunn  ...  Rev. Johnson
Alex Karras  ...  Mongo
John Hillerman  ...  Howard Johnson
George Furth  ...  Van Johnson
Jack Starrett  ...  Gabby Johnson (as Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.)
Mel Brooks  ...  Gov. William J. LePetomaine
Harvey Korman  ...  Hedley Lamarr
Madeline Kahn  ...  Lili Von Shtupp
Carol Arthur  ...  Harriett Johnson
Richard Collier  ...  Dr. Sam Johnson
Charles McGregor  ...  Charlie
Burton Gilliam  ...  Lyle
Comments: Never give a saga an even break!

Summary: Mel Brooks scored his first commercial hit with this raucous Western spoof starring the late Cleavon Little as the newly hired (and conspicuously black) sheriff of Rock Ridge. Sheriff Bart teams up with deputy Jim (Gene Wilder) to foil the railroad-building scheme of the nefarious Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman). The simple plot is just an excuse for a steady stream of gags, many of them unabashedly tasteless, that Brooks and his wacky cast pull off with side-splitting success. The humor is so juvenile and crude that you just have to surrender to it; highlights abound, from the lunkheaded Alex Karras as the ox-riding Mongo to Madeline Kahn's uproarious send-up of Marlene Dietrich as saloon songstress Lili Von Shtupp. Adding to the comedic excess is the infamous campfire scene involving a bunch of hungry cowboys, heaping servings of baked beans and, well, you get the idea. --Jeff Shannon