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Blazing Saddles (1974)

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In order to ruin a western town, a corrupt politician appoints a black Sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bart
... Jim
... Taggart
... Hedley Lamarr
... Lili Von Shtupp
... Governor Lepetomane / Indian Chief
Burton Gilliam ... Lyle
... Mongo
... Olson Johnson
Liam Dunn ... Rev. Johnson
... Howard Johnson
... Van Johnson
... Gabby Johnson (as Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.)
... Harriett Johnson
Richard Collier ... Dr. Sam Johnson
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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 (Harvey Korman), 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 (Mel Brooks). Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff (Cleavon Little) 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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Mel Brooks and the West! Together for the last time! See more »

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Comedy | Western

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7 February 1974 (USA)  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$119,500,000
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which Mongo knocks out a horse has a basis in reality. Mel Brooks' former Your Show of Shows (1950) and Caesar's Hour (1954) boss, Sid Caesar, who was a physically imposing and somewhat violent man, reported in his 1982 autobiography "Where Have I Been?" that while trailriding with his wife, her horse caused trouble and he punched it once between the eyes. The horse collapsed, unconscious. He notes that this event was Brooks' inspiration for the "Mongo vs. horse" scene. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, Taggart kicks over a building and discovers the town is fake. Soon thereafter, the building, "Livery and Saddle Shop", is shown back upright and is then blown up. See more »

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[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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Hail to the Chief
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Music by James Sanderson
Performed by Harvey Korman and Mel Brooks
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"Excuse me while I whip this out." Dead-pan funny
16 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest movies to not only to come from Mel Brooks, but from cinema itself. Film stars Cleavon Little as a regular black laborer, but then a villain (Heldey Lamarr is perfectly played by Harvey Korman) wants to move a community out of the town Rockridge. So, he brings Cleavon in to make the people leave (the people in town are racist including the line: "The sherrif is a nig! "What'd he say?" "He said the sherrif's a near). Funny story, funny jokes (the farting sequence is ahead of it's time for 1974) and 2 breakthroughs- Madedline Kahn in a Oscar nominated performance as Von Shtupp and shines through. The other is Richard Pryor, who co-writes the script with Brooks and Andrew Bergman. Hilarious, forever. A+


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