An American grandson of the infamous scientist, struggling to prove that his grandfather was not as insane as people believe, is invited to Transylvania, where he discovers the process that reanimates a dead body.
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
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Mongo is chained to the jail cell, and when Sheriff Bart throws a bucket of water to wake him up, Mongo starts to yawn and innocently breaks free of the chains. The moment immediately before and after the chains break apart, one can clearly detect where the reel has been spliced (probably so the crew could manage the effect of the breakaway chains) See more »
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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The Warner Bros. Pictures logo is on a black screen and burns on fire, revealing the start of the movie. See more »
On the 40th anniversary of this comedy classic I saw a headline on Yahoo; it read something to the effect: "Mel Brooks says that Blazing Saddles couldn't be done today." Anyone that's seen Blazing Saddles knows that it really pushes the racial envelope. So, Mel Brooks saying that it couldn't be done today... I'm surprised he got away with it in 1974.
The movie was released before I was born but I got a chance to see it in '07 or '08 and found it amusing. It's not my favorite comedy but I'd say it held its own for it to be funny to me and I'm from a different generation.
The humor was cartoonish at times but it worked. The characters were good and the actors to play them were spot on. The ex-football player and Webster's adopted dad played a good Mongol. Cleavon Little was great as Bart and the incomparable Gene Wilder was good as always as Jim. I still prefer Mel Brooks' Spaceballs and Men in Tights because those were both more relevant to me but Blazing Saddles was nevertheless a plus movie.
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