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To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

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The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar, a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor. Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff in the west. Bart is a sophisticated urbanite who will have some difficulty winning over the townspeople. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Never give a saga an even break!

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7 February 1974 (USA)  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)

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$119,500,000 (USA)
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In the DVD Commentary, Mel Brooks said that the working title for the film was "Tex X" as a reference to black Muslim leader Malcolm X. It was then switched to "Black Bart". In either case, neither he, nor the other writers thought those were great titles. Brooks says that one morning he was taking a shower and the words Blazing Saddles (1974) suddenly popped into his head. When he got out of the shower, he pitched the title to his wife, actress Anne Bancroft, who liked the idea and that's how the movie ended up with its title. See more »

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An All-Time Classic
29 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Whenever I look at this film I laugh so hard that somtimes tears come to my eyes. Brooks manages to do with this film what Young Frankenstien did to classic horror films. The thing that really works is all the in jokes laced throughout the film. This shows that the cast and crew were really having fun in writing and producing this film. But the main credit should go to the late Cleavon Little. He was perfect as Bart. He took the role when many thought it should have gone to Richard Pryor (who was a co-writer on the film). However, I think Pryor might have been a little too over the top for the role. Little played it more low key and not as militant as Pryor might have.

Also, this film was rated R when it was first released back in 1974. Today it probably would get either a P.G. or, at most, a P.G.-13 rating.


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