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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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Never give a saga an even break! See more »

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Comedy | Western

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7 February 1974 (USA)  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)

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$119,500,000
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When Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) purchases a ticket at the Grauman's Chinese Theater box-office, you can see the temporary film title, "BLACK BART" in the poster case in the background. See more »

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Right before, and during, the singing of "Camptown Ladies", the cowboy behind Lyle and to his left (our right) is wearing a white jacket that goes from being buttoned to un-buttoned to buttoned several times. 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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Karl Lukas is credited (as Karl Lucas) in opening credits only. See more »

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Camptown Races
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Written by Stephen Foster
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Blazing Saddles
12 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

Howling comedy from Mel Brooks about the Old West with a script that keeps you laughing all the way through and a cast of characters right up there with the Marx Brothers. Kahn is especially tempting as a Marlene Dietrich-like performer, while director Brooks has a fine little cameo as a befuddled and distracted governor. The skits and sight gags are constant. One of the funniest films ever made!


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