Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles

DVD - 2004
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A hilarious spoof of every western film cliche in which a black man is appointed sheriff of a frontier town.
Publisher: [United States] : Warner Home Video, 2004
Edition: 30th anniversary special ed
ISBN: 9780790757353
Branch Call Number: DVD BLAZING
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Mel Brooks'


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Sep 10, 2019

Yes, it IS a parody film - but the, um, humor was a bit over the top for me and I bailed pretty early.

May 28, 2019

Jokes about rape are NOT funny. Not only are there at least two jokes about rape, but most of the so-called jokes are either crude or down-right unconscionable. Given that this movie has become a cult-classic, I expected so much more. I expected writing of clever humor that is difficult to come by, not the cheapest, rude and inappropriate humor common to teens trying to impress their friends.

I recommend you see Texas Across the River instead.

Feb 28, 2019

Blazing Saddles is on my "Top 10" movies of all time. It's over-the-top and is chock full of quotable lines and memorable scenes. If it's on TV, it's one of those that I'll have to watch at least a few minutes.

Highly recommended!

Feb 23, 2019

Funny movie that makes fun of everyone and everything...However, if you are over sensitive like lots of people are these days,,don't see or your head will explode!!

Feb 20, 2018

Overrated comedy- the funniest scene is the one where the cowboys are eating beans around a campfire and are farting copiously.

Feb 19, 2018

Politically incorrect film that skewered everybody equally.
Gucci saddlebag?
Over the top? Yep.
However, it still relevant today on how much work to counter racism.

LiztheLibrarian Feb 12, 2018

Irreverent, witty, and hilarious, this movie is the spoof to end all spoofs of Western films.

Nov 03, 2016

Particularly hilarious are prancing, lisping, mincing sequences to the tune of “Throw up your hands/Stick out your tush/Hands on your hips/Give 'em a push”—but certainly not more hilarious than lines such as “I hired you people to get a little track laid, not to jump around like a bunch of Kansas City faggots!” (How either of these serves to “ridicule prejudice, injustice, and apathy” is not immediately clear.) One looks with interest to reviews of DVDs that portray African Americans as shiftless simpletons and Asians as inscrutable villains.

Nov 03, 2016

Exceptional, funny! Nice sound track too.

Aug 31, 2016

This was almost the film that paired Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor for the first time. (That would come a few years later, with 1980's "Stir Crazy.")
Pryor co-wrote the wild and bawdy screenplay and was considered for the role of Sheriff Bart, but his burgeoning drug use and general unpredictability quashed the idea.
So Warner Brothers went with veteran actor Gig Young, who'd won the 1969 Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his work in "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" Within days Young was fired because, um, of his drug (alcohol) use and general unpredictability...

But it all worked out anyway, because the cool, elegant and dryly witty Mr. Cleavon Little was simply letter-perfect as Rock Ridge's first Black sheriff.
Little is priceless in his suave seduction of the Wonderfully Wacky Madelyn Khan and inspired in those moments when he breaks the Fourth Wall to address the audience directly. (The manic Pryor could never have brought any of this off.) He has such terrific chemistry with Wilder it's a shame they didn't work together again.
A special affectionate nod to the peerless Harvey Korman, then and now best known as Carol Burnett's brilliant second banana, in his hilarious turn as the weaselly Hedy--"That's HEDLEY!"--Lamarr, whose schemes set the lunacy in motion.
NOTE: A word to those with delicate sensibilities. This film is unapologetically politically incorrect. It was conceived, written and produced in an era when Hollywood was finally loosening up about race and America's racial history--the groundbreaking TV series "All In The Family" debuted the year "Blazing Saddles" was released--and mainstream humor was becoming more pointedly satirical and confrontational. This was certainly true for Pryor, who initially got in the comedy door following Cosby's gentler, family-oriented style but by the early seventies was coming into his own as a take-no-prisoners stand-up comic.

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