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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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7 February 1974 (USA) See more »
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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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  (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 ... Count Basie
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)
Alphonso DuBois ... Passerby On Sidewalk (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)
Anthony Redondo ... Townsman (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)
Dick Warlock ... Townsman (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
Tom Dawson .... wardrobe
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 [us] (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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:M | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | 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?

According to Mel Brooks (in the commentary for Spaceballs (1987)), when Gene Wilder first came on set for this movie, he asked that for Brooks' next movie he use an idea that Wilder had been working on. That idea was Young Frankenstein (1974).See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Sheriff Bart is making his ride to Rock Ridge and he encounters Count Basie, Basie's band are not playing the music heard on the audio track. This is easily recognized if you watch the band's drummer, who isn't even playing his drum kit, let alone the actual drum patterns heard in the music.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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150 out of 179 people found the following review useful.
Hey! The sheriff is a ni... BONG!!!!, 16 March 2005
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

Remember the days when humanity could laugh at itself? Blazing Saddles is a film that takes us all back to a more innocent era. An era where PC was just a couple of letters stuck together. I'll get this out of the way first: To all of you pc commies out there... the racism in this film is there to MAKE THE WHITE PEOPLE THE BUTT OF THE JOKES!!!! There is not a single person of color in this film who plays a negative character. The rednecks are what this film is really making fun of. I think most people realize this (hence the 7.7), but there are still a few who don't.

This is such a funny film. From the opening scene along the railroad tracks to the shot of Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little riding off into the sunset in a limo, the film provides an endless stream of laughs. Every time a person views this film, they can notice something truly hilarious that they may have missed the last time. Mel Brooks doesn't always hit the mark with his comedy, but this film was by far his best effort.

Cleavon Little and Harvey Korman give the best performances in my opinion. I think Cleavon Little stole every scene in every film I saw him in. He died way too young, and I wish he could have acted in more films. Korman's Hedley Lamar character is a real hoot. By the end of my most stressful days at work, I often find myself talking to everyone in his voice. So evil, and so calculating! He and Slim Pickens played off each other flawlessly.

Good luck catching an un-edited version of this classic anywhere but on the DVD. Forget about any kind of an effective remake, either. Not in this day and age.

Don't miss this film! 10 of 10 stars.

So sayeth the Hound.

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