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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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In Yiddish, to "shtupp" means to "push" or to "stuff", which is a double entendre. It has been replaced with "shhh" on some television broadcasts. See more »


While Taggart and his gang ride into the fake (2 dimensional buildings) Rock Ridge, when Bart and company arrive and the fist fights break out, the buildings are clearly the 3 dimensional set. See more »


[first lines]
Lyle: Come on, boys! The way you're lollygaggin' around here with them picks and them shovels, you'd think it was a hundert an' twenty degree. Can't be more than a hundert an' fourteen.
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References Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941) See more »


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Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
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The Film That Made Brooks A Star
3 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mel Brooks made several very popular and memorable films in the '70s but I doubt any was more popular than this one. Made just several years after the morals' code had been lifted in Hollywood, it was able to provide humor in a new and shocking way. People could fart, swear, have old ladies use the n- word, men could punch horses in the face, make fun of any religion, creed, race or whatever was there to make fun of other words, no holds barred when it came to trying to get a laugh. Nothing was sacred at this time in Hollywood history and few capitalized on this as well as Brooks, especially with this film.

The film doesn't have much shock value anymore but it's still fun to watch and probably always will be, thanks to the outrageous characterizations in here.

On the negative side, especially if don't know Brooks does whatever he can to get a laugh and isn't all that political, this film might be too politically-correct with its reverse racism, bias against religion and overly crude situations.

But - a big but - there are so many funny lines in here, so many funny scenes you never forget and never fail to laugh no matter how many times you see it (the campfire scene alone has made men cry in laughter for 30 years) that you can overlook about anything in here.

In summary, a true "classic" guaranteed to entertain for many more years to come.

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