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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.

Director:

Mel Brooks

Writers:

Mel Brooks (screenplay), Norman Steinberg (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cleavon Little ... Bart
Gene Wilder ... Jim
Slim Pickens ... Taggart
Harvey Korman ... Hedley Lamarr
Madeline Kahn ... Lili Von Shtupp
Mel Brooks ... Governor 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 Richard Collier ... Dr. Sam Johnson
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Never give a saga an even break! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Yiddish | German

Release Date:

7 February 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Bart See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$119,500,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Just like George Furth's character is named after Van Johnson, David Huddleston's character Olson Johnson is named after comedy duo Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson, a.k.a. Olsen & Johnson. Bandleader Count Basie, who appeared in this film, also made a film with the real Olsen and Johnson, Crazy House (1940). See more »

Goofs

(at around 56 mins) During Lili Von Shtupp's musical performance, the soldier that provides a chair for her to rest in, throws his rifle down on the ground when explaining how "tired" she is. The rifle hits the stage floor and slides, bursting the stage light in front of him. The sound of the light exploding can be heard through the singing and music. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

Karl Lukas is credited (as Karl Lucas) in opening credits only. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Blazing Saddles was aired on Fox Family Channel in 2001, when Lillie Von Schtupp's name was mentioned, the Schtupp part was left out. There was also a scene ater Bart tried the dynamite but the detonator wouldn't cooperate with Lillie Von Schtupp not catching a remark Bart called out so Gabby Johnson explains it to her in his drunken gibberish. See more »


Soundtracks

Merrily We Roll Along
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Written by Charles Tobias, Murray Mencher & Eddie Cantor
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sheriff murdered! People stampeded and cattle raped.
18 July 2007 | by cosmoradosSee all my reviews

Quality. many people who love this film may feel that the negative comments from others are inoffensive as this is such a funny film, I will say this. They are entitled to their opinions ...even if they are wrong. This is one of the best comedies ever made.

Firstly it's not just Mel Brooks as scriptwriter which seems to make a big difference to the quality of the film he produces (Yung Frankestein is co-written by Gene Wilder) but then you have a cast in fine form, especially Harvey Corman as the fantastic Hedley Lamarr (Not Hedy, It's Hedley!) add to that a fantastic series of sight gags and word play, with a good dose of racism ridicule thrown in for good measure (...and they is so DUMB!)and it all makes for a brilliant mix of inspired film-making.

There are numerous scenes of note, but the scene of the townsfolk looking at their work and Bart chasing after the bad guy still makes my skin cold as they are genuinely moving moments.

best visual gag though has got to be the Wako Kid versus the goons at the railroad top drawer Much Love Mike


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