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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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  (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)

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)
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)
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)

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:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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?

Though credited on screen as "Gum Chewer", Don Megowan actually played a different role in the film: he was the man who Madeline Kahn pushed into the audience after he lurched drunkenly toward her while she was on stage.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: During the destruction of the Fake Rock Ridge, Taggart yells, "It's a fake! We've been suckered in!", but his mouth does not move.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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44 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
"Where the white women at?", 6 August 2005
Author: the-jerk from Newark, DE

1974 was a very good year for the team of Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder; their "Young Frankenstein" (which came out in 1974) is one of the funniest movies ever made, and "Blazing Saddles" (same year) is almost just behind it. It's a bit overrated (but just a bit); I know a lot of people look on this as the funniest movie of all time, but I can't go THAT far. But it is ONE of the funniest movies of all time, and for two such movies by the same director, with the same star, to come out the same year, to be on that list is quite an achievement.

The residents of Rock Ridge (all named Johnson) need a new sheriff. They get one... Bart, played by Cleavon Little, who happens to be black. It's all planned out by Hedley Lamarr (don't call him Heddy!), an employee of the governor (Mel Brooks), in a plot to run the residents out of town so he can have a railroad run through it. At first, the townsfolk aren't happy about this development, but when Bart endeavors to save them from the evil Lamarr, who's played to slimy perfection by Harvey Korman, they warm up to him. Also thrown into the mix is Wilder as "The Waco Kid", a gunslinger who's lost his knack for shooting, Alex Karras as a huge idiot named Mongo , and Madeline Khan as Lily von Schtupp, a parody of Marlene Dietrich, complete with ridiculous German accent. She stands out heads and shoulders above everybody else in this movie, I think, and her song "I'm Tired" ("I'm not a wabbit! I need some west!") is possibly the funniest song ever to appear in a film. This is no doubt the funniest part Madeline Khan has ever had (and she ALSO appeared in "Young Frankenstein"!). It's also a kick to see a pre-"Magnum PI" John Hillerman as Howard Johnson, with an ice cream shop with a sign that screams "1 Flavor"; and Slim Pickens (Taggart, another bad guy) is always a hoot.

The plot is just an excuse to make fun of westerns, racism, and movie-making in general, as demonstrated in the extremely wacky, fourth-wall breaking finale (Watch for Dom DeLuise in these scenes). None of this is really supposed to make sense or be realistic, it's just supposed to be funny, and for the most part it is. It's one of the crassest and crudest mainstream movies in history, and that's it's strength; it often plays just like a Mad movie parody. One example of this that really sticks out is the famous farting scene, which somehow manages to be one of the funniest scenes in the movie, and probably the funniest fart scene ever. But the focus is on the way blacks were treated in the post-Civil War old west, and the movie is merciless in the way it has its ignorant white characters treat the black characters, throwing the n-word around without abandon and giving them the dirty work (at one point, a character says "We can't afford to lose any horses! Send a couple of n****rs!"). The movie finds its heart in the way the initially racist townspeople of Rock Ridge become fond of their black sheriff.

Its spirit, however, is in the hilarious and crude jokes that are thrown all through. This is one funny movie, and with Mel Brooks, that's what's really important.

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