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Blazing Saddles (1974)

R  |   |  Comedy, Western  |  7 February 1974 (USA)
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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 <>

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Never give a saga an even break!


Comedy | Western


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7 February 1974 (USA)  »

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Black Bart  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)


$119,500,000 (USA)

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The voices for the drunk that Lili Von Shtupp kicks off the stage and the German Soldier that joins her later in the show are both provided by Mel Brooks. See more »


During Lili Von Shtupp's musical performance, the soldier that provides a chair for her to rest in, throws his rifle down on the ground when explaining how "tired" she is. The rifle hits the stage floor and slides, bursting the stage light in front of him. The sound of the light exploding can be heard through the singing and music. See more »


[first lines]
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"Excuse me while I whip this out." Dead-pan funny
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Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest movies to not only to come from Mel Brooks, but from cinema itself. Film stars Cleavon Little as a regular black laborer, but then a villain (Heldey Lamarr is perfectly played by Harvey Korman) wants to move a community out of the town Rockridge. So, he brings Cleavon in to make the people leave (the people in town are racist including the line: "The sherrif is a nig! "What'd he say?" "He said the sherrif's a near). Funny story, funny jokes (the farting sequence is ahead of it's time for 1974) and 2 breakthroughs- Madedline Kahn in a Oscar nominated performance as Von Shtupp and shines through. The other is Richard Pryor, who co-writes the script with Brooks and Andrew Bergman. Hilarious, forever. A+

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