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Blazing Saddles -- Once Mel Brooks' lunatic film, many call his best, gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns, howlers, growlers and outrageous.
Blazing Saddles -- To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.


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Mel Brooks (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
7 February 1974 (USA) See more »
Never give a saga an even break!
To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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One of the funniest movies of all time. Corny by today's standards but icon shattering in it's day. A stroke of two geniuses, Brooks and Pryor. See more (354 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cleavon Little ... Bart

Gene Wilder ... Jim

Slim Pickens ... Taggart

Harvey Korman ... Hedley Lamarr

Madeline Kahn ... Lili Von Shtupp

Mel Brooks ... Governor William J. Lepetomane / Indian Chief
Burton Gilliam ... Lyle

Alex Karras ... Mongo

David Huddleston ... Olson Johnson
Liam Dunn ... Rev. Johnson

John Hillerman ... Howard Johnson

George Furth ... Van Johnson

Jack Starrett ... Gabby Johnson (as Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.)

Carol Arthur ... Harriett Johnson
Richard Collier ... Dr. Sam Johnson
Charles McGregor ... Charlie

Robyn Hilton ... Miss Stein
Don Megowan ... Saloon Patron on Stage with Lili

Dom DeLuise ... Buddy Bizarre
Count Basie ... Himself
Karl Lukas ... Cutthroat #1 (as Karl Lucas)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Akins ... Townsman (uncredited)
John Alderson ... Gum Chewer (uncredited)
Don Ames ... Townsman (uncredited)
Tom Anfinsen ... German Soldier (uncredited)
David Armstrong ... Pressman (uncredited)

Anne Bancroft ... Congregation Extra (uncredited)
Herman Boden ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Townsman (uncredited)
Alex Brown ... RR Worker (uncredited)
Jerry Brown ... Stage Driver (uncredited)
Eldon Burke ... Desperado (uncredited)
David Cadiente ... Mexican (uncredited)
Patrick Campbell ... MC at Show (uncredited)
Bill Catching ... Outlaw #1 (uncredited)
Ray Chabeau ... German Soldier Dancer (uncredited)
Donald Chaffin ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Clinton ... Official (uncredited)

Aneta Corsaut ... Tourist Mother (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... Townsman #2 (uncredited)
Alfred DeSio ... German Soldier Dancer (uncredited)
George Dockstader ... Politician (uncredited)
Ross Dollarhyde ... Desperado (uncredited)
Hobert Durham Jr. ... Railroad Worker (uncredited)
Stewart East ... Pressman (uncredited)
Kenny Endoso ... Indian (uncredited)
Elly Enriquez ... Mexican (uncredited)

Richard Farnsworth ... Sheriff (uncredited)
Abel Franco ... Mexican Bandit (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Convict (uncredited)
John Furlong ... Tourist Man (uncredited)
Rick Garcia ... Mexican Bandit (uncredited)
Seamon Glass ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Cecil Gold ... Dancer (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... Outlaw #4 (uncredited)
Robert Hitchcock ... Funkie (uncredited)
Kal Isaacs ... Railroad Worker (uncredited)
Rosemary Johnston ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Madge Journeay ... Townswoman (uncredited)
M.J. Kane ... Leopold (uncredited)

Sally Kirkland ... Cashier (uncredited)

Patrick Labyorteaux ... Henry (uncredited)
Almeteer LaFrance ... Bart's Mother (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Townsman (uncredited)
Tex Lambert ... KKK Member (uncredited)
Jack Lilley ... Overseer (uncredited)
Craig Littler ... Tex (uncredited)
Jay Loft-Lyn ... RR Worker (uncredited)
Bert Madrid ... Convict in Line (uncredited)
Ralph Manza ... Man in Commissary Playing Hitler (uncredited)
Jimmy Martinez ... Scared Mexican Man (uncredited)
Bert May ... German Soldier Dancer (uncredited)
Fred McDougall ... Desperado (uncredited)
Rod McGaughy ... Desperado (uncredited)
Bill McIntosh ... Desperado (uncredited)
Clyde McLeod ... Townsman (uncredited)
Troy Melton ... Member of the Press (uncredited)
Ira Miller ... Baker Man (uncredited)
Jessamine Milner ... Elderly Woman (uncredited)
Richard Monahan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Outlaw #3 (uncredited)
Beans Morocco ... Townsman (uncredited)

Hal Needham ... Outlaw (uncredited)
Daniel Núñez ... Mexican (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harvey Parry ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Perkins ... Desperado (uncredited)
Alan Peterson ... German Soldier Dancer (uncredited)
Tom Pittman ... Official (uncredited)
Booty Reed ... Railroad Worker (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Pressman (uncredited)
Danny 'Big Black' Rey ... Bart's Father (uncredited)
Robert Ridgely ... Boris (uncredited)

Rodney Allen Rippy ... Bart - Age 5 (uncredited)
Hank Robinson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Wally Rose ... Desperado (uncredited)
Clark Ross ... Townsman (uncredited)

Darrell Sandeen ... KKK Man (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... Desperado (uncredited)
George Sawaya ... Townsman (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller ... Outlaw #2 (uncredited)
Marrietta Schmidt ... Woman in Ladies Room (uncredited)
David Sharpe ... Man in Suit (uncredited)
Eddie Smith ... RR Worker (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Townsman Who Falls from Chair (uncredited)
Tim Sullivan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ... Desperado (uncredited)
Lisa Summers ... Manicurist (uncredited)
Jim Taylor ... Dancer (uncredited)
George Tracy ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jerry Trent ... Dancer (uncredited)
Frankie Van ... Fighter (uncredited)
Richard Vitagliano ... Anal Johnson (uncredited)
Al Ward ... Man at Pond (uncredited)
Janice Whitby ... Tour Guide (uncredited)
Pinocchio Roy Wilson ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen ... Townsman #3 (uncredited)
Bill Zuckert ... Official (uncredited)

Directed by
Mel Brooks 
Writing credits
Mel Brooks (screenplay) &
Norman Steinberg (screenplay) &
Andrew Bergman (screenplay) &
Richard Pryor (screenplay) &
Alan Uger (screenplay)

Andrew Bergman (story)

Produced by
Michael Hertzberg .... producer
Original Music by
John Morris 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc (director of photography) (as Joseph Biroc)
Film Editing by
Danford B. Greene  (as Danford Greene)
John C. Howard 
Casting by
Nessa Hyams 
Production Design by
Peter Wooley 
Set Decoration by
Morris Hoffman  (as Morey Hoffman)
Makeup Department
Alan Fama .... makeup artist (as Al Fama)
Lola 'Skip' McNalley .... hairdresser (as Lola 'Skip' McNally)
Terry Miles .... makeup artist
Production Management
William P. Owens .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John C. Chulay .... first assistant director
Leonard S. Smith Jr. .... second assistant director (as Leonard Smith Jr.)
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... property master
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gene S. Cantamessa .... sound
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recordist
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recordist
Richard Tyler .... sound re-recordist
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Douglas Pettibone .... special effects
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
John Ashby .... stunts (uncredited)
May Boss .... stunts (uncredited)
Skip Botelho .... stunts (uncredited)
Alex Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Brown .... stunts (uncredited)
Eldon Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
William H. Burton Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
David Cadiente .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Dottie Catching .... stunts (uncredited)
Barbara Chrysler .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Couch .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Crockett .... stunts (uncredited)
Paula Dell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins .... stunts (uncredited)
George Dockstader .... stunts (uncredited)
Ross Dollarhyde .... stunts (uncredited)
Kenny Endoso .... stunts (uncredited)
Andy Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Gary Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Stephanie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Chad Evans .... stunts (uncredited)
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts (uncredited)
Ken Ferguson .... stunt performer: Fighting Cowboy (uncredited)
Lila Finn .... stunts (uncredited)
George Fisher .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Rosemary Johnston .... stunts (uncredited)
Harold Jones .... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue .... stunts (uncredited)
William T. Lane .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Leonard .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Lilley .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred McDougall .... stunts (uncredited)
Rod McGaughy .... stunts (uncredited)
S.J. McGee .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill McIntosh .... stunts (uncredited)
Troy Melton .... stunts (uncredited)
John T. Mitchell .... stunts (uncredited)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan .... stunts (uncredited)
Minor Mustain .... stunts (uncredited)
Hal Needham .... stunts (uncredited)
George Orrison .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Regina Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Regis Parton .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Pronto .... stunts (uncredited)
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Wally Rose .... stunts (uncredited)
George Sawaya .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Scheiwiller .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Shannon .... stunts (uncredited)
David Sharpe .... stunts: man dragged by horse (uncredited)
Eddie Smith .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Somers .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul Stader .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Stromsoe .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
April Tatro .... stunts (uncredited)
Marvin Walters .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Warlock .... stunts (uncredited)
George P. Wilbur .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Walter Wyatt .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Orville Hallberg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Kenneth Peach Jr. .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Thomas S. Dawson .... wardrobe (as Tom Dawson)
Vittorio Nino Novarese .... special costume designer (as Nino Novarese)
Editorial Department
Carroll Timothy O'Meara .... assistant editor (as C. Timothy O'Meara)
Steve Potter .... assistant editor (as Stephen Potter)
Music Department
Eugene Marks .... music editor (as Gene Marks)
John Morris .... conductor
John Morris .... orchestrator
Jonathan Tunick .... orchestrator
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
M.V. Gerhard .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Dan Goldwasser .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
Other crew
Anthony Goldschmidt .... title designer
Alan Johnson .... choreographer
Julie Pitkanen .... script supervisor
Herbert Winters .... dialogue coach
Ralph Helfer .... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle (uncredited)
Gloria G. Robertson .... voice (uncredited)
Vernon White .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles or Never Give a Saga an Even Break" - USA (poster title)
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93 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Canada:A (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2004) | Finland:K-12 | Ireland:15 | Italy:T | New Zealand:PG | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 (original rating) | Sweden:11 (re-rating) (1974) | UK:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:12A (re-rating) (2008) | USA:R (No. 23752) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

The scene in which Cleavon Little draws a gun upon himself to save himself from the townspeople's wrath was based on a childhood incident from Mel Brooks. Brooks said that once, to his disbelief, he stole some gum and a water pistol from a drugstore; when a store worker tried to stop him, Brooks held the worker at bay with the very water pistol he had just fingered from the store.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: During the Chess game, the Waco Kid's right hand is steady as a rock, but he says he shoots with his fluttering left hand. But later in the movie when he detonates the dynamite, he shoots with his right hand. His attitude during the discussion during the Chess game suggests he's telling a tall tale.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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Referenced in Home on the Range (2004)See more »
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40 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
One of the funniest movies of all time. Corny by today's standards but icon shattering in it's day. A stroke of two geniuses, Brooks and Pryor., 7 June 2005
Author: mwright-13 from United States

I can only imagine the laughter in the room when Brooks and Pryor combined their heads to create this one. A Jew making fun of Jews, a Black making fun of Blacks, two Western Americans making fun of the West, movie makers making fun of the movies. The childish fart-level humor and utter cornball gags keep you rolling of the floor unable to breathe. This movie doesn't pretend to be anything more than cornball humor, but it's the all-time best at that. Let's not pretend to be intelligent adults, let's just watch this gem and laugh our heads off like the kids we are inside. Downsides are the overuse of swear words, which were funny in the early 70's because of their shock value during those censored times, but today are just annoying and unnecessary. Another annoying scene is the sexual perversion when Hedley makes love to the statue, though it's funny that the creep gets horny over the thought of money, it creeps me out. But the strength of the movie is its originality for its day, long before the Zuckors. The jokes come so fast and so unexpectedly that you can watch this movie many times before you catch them all.

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