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Blazing Saddles
- Gene Wilder

Overview - A madcap spoof of the classic Hollywood Western, BLAZING SADDLES is also one of the most gleefully anti-P.C. films ever produced by a major studio. When the sheriff of a small frontier town is killed, convict Bart (Cleavon Little) is appointed the first black sheriff of all-white Rock Ridge by the evil Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman), who hopes this will chase the townspeople from their homes.  Read more...

 
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Overview

A madcap spoof of the classic Hollywood Western, BLAZING SADDLES is also one of the most gleefully anti-P.C. films ever produced by a major studio. When the sheriff of a small frontier town is killed, convict Bart (Cleavon Little) is appointed the first black sheriff of all-white Rock Ridge by the evil Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman), who hopes this will chase the townspeople from their homes. The naive Sheriff Bart soon catches on, realizing from the less than cheery welcome that the townspeople (who all seem to be named Johnson) aren't prepared for a black sheriff and that he was never meant to succeed at all. Enlisting the help of the sensitive town drunk (Gene Wilder), formerly the Waco Kid, Bart embarks on a plan to save Rock Ridge. A scathing spoof that deals with racism, sexism, and bodily functions, BLAZING SADDLES offers a contrast between picture and words that is shocking, subversive, and hilarious. Director Mel Brooks makes two memorable appearances--as both the sleazy governor and a Yiddish-speaking Sioux Indian chief--while Madeline Kahn does a sidesplitting Marlene Dietrich imitation as the town floozy. Featuring fabulous comic turns by Alex Karras and Slim Pickens, BLAZING SADDLES is raunchy, lovable, and uproarious.

Cast List

Alan Johnson - Director/"Solarbabies"
Alex Karras - Ex-Athlete/Actor
Slim Pickens - American Character Actor
Gene Wilder - Actor/Director/Writer
Jerry Silberman - Actor/Director/Writer
Gerald Silberman - Actor/Director/Writer
Mel Brooks - American Director/Writer/Producer/Comedian
Melvin Kaminsky - American Director/Writer/Producer/Comedian
John Morris - Composer
Peter Wooley - Production Designer
Alan Unger
Andrew Bergman - American Screenwriter/Director
Warren Bogle - American Screenwriter/Director
Madeline Kahn - American actress, PAPER MOON, BLAZING SADDLES
Madeline Gail Wolfson - American actress, PAPER MOON, BLAZING SADDLES
Vittorio Nino Novarese
Danford B. Greene - Editor
Burton Gilliam - American Supporting Actor
Harvey Korman - American actor, comedian, THE CAROL BURNETT SHOW (1970s)
Cleavon Little - American Comic Actor
John C. Howard - Editor
Michael Hertzberg - Producer/Executive
Joseph Biroc - American Director Of Photography
Joseph F. Biroc - American Director Of Photography
Joe Biroc - American Director Of Photography
Norman Steinberg - Screenwriter
Richard Pryor - African American actor, comedian

 
Details
    Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 93
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 012569828384
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA)
  • Release Date: January 2013

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Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Indians
Spoof
Cowboys
Classic Fight Scenes
Recommended
Theatrical Release
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Notes:
Theatrical release: February 7, 1974 BLAZING SADDLES is number 6 on the American Film Institute's list of "America's 100 Funniest Movies." Richard Pryor, one of the screenwriters of the film, went on to become one of the most famous African-American comic actors of the silver screen. The film was not released until 9 months after the production was completed. It was originally set to run 125 minutes but was trimmed to 93 minutes before it was released in theatres.

Reviews:
"...This cowboy-tweaking smash was great in its day..." - 07/03/1997 USA Today, p.3D


"...Brooks' success left an unmistakable scent on movies from AIRPLANE! To AMERICAN PIE..." - 01/11/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.36


"[I]t's still unfailingly hilarious, and it's practically overflowing with real heart and warmth..." - 07/01/2004 Premiere, p.111


"Gene Wilder is ingenuous..." - 09/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.94


"In a hilarious assault on good taste, BLAZING SADDLES stars Cleavon Little as an unlikely sheriff and Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid..." - 07/01/2006 Widescreen Review, p.64

 
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