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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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Comedy | Western

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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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Trivia

The Hebrew writing on headband worn by Mel Brooks on the movie poster should translate to "Kosher for Passover", but it has a (deliberate) mistake: the first letters were switched, which translates it to something like "Posher for Kassover". The huge coin on the poster is inscribed "Hi! I'm Mel, Trust Me!" See more »

Goofs

When the cowboys ride into the fake town, the buildings are simply facades. After Jim fires the gun and sets off the dynamite. The townspeople run in to "finish them off", the buildings are real. See more »

Quotes

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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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The Warner Bros. Pictures logo is on a black screen nd burns on fire, revealing the start of the movie. See more »

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The Ballad of Rock Ridge
Music and Lyrics by Mel Brooks
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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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