Hey! The sheriff is a ni... BONG!!!! (by TOMASBBloodhound)
Remember the days when humanity could laugh at itself? Blazing Saddles is a film that takes us all back to a more innocent era. An era where PC was just a couple of letters stuck together. I'll get this out of the way first: To all of you pc commies out there... the racism in this film is there to MAKE THE WHITE PEOPLE THE BUTT OF THE JOKES!!!! There is not a single person of color in this film who plays a negative character. The rednecks are what this film is really making fun of. I think most people realize this hence the 7.7 , but there are still a few who don't.This is such a <more>
funny film. From the opening scene along the railroad tracks to the shot of Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little riding off into the sunset in a limo, the film provides an endless stream of laughs. Every time a person views this film, they can notice something truly hilarious that they may have missed the last time. Mel Brooks doesn't always hit the mark with his comedy, but this film was by far his best effort.Cleavon Little and Harvey Korman give the best performances in my opinion. I think Cleavon Little stole every scene in every film I saw him in. He died way too young, and I wish he could have acted in more films. Korman's Hedley Lamar character is a real hoot. By the end of my most stressful days at work, I often find myself talking to everyone in his voice. So evil, and so calculating! He and Slim Pickens played off each other flawlessly.Good luck catching an un-edited version of this classic anywhere but on the DVD. Forget about any kind of an effective remake, either. Not in this day and age.Don't miss this film! 10 of 10 stars.So sayeth the Hound.
"Excuse me while I whip this out." Dead-pan funny (by Quinoa1984)
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- <more>
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+
A few years ago, Broadway producers decided to adapt a Mel Brooks comedy and made a bundle. Could it happen again with 'Blazing Saddles?' The movie already has four great songs; a half-dozen more of similar caliber would make for a strong score. 'Blazing Saddles' has a ready-made cast of over-the-top characters, strong audience identification, and some minor problems for a theatrical production like blowing up the phony Rock Ridge which are easily overcome.But 'The Producers' was a cult film that never made it to Main Street and needed the second act of a Broadway <more>
musical to give it a place in popular culture. 'Blazing Saddles' could never open again as big as it did in 1974. In the summer of Watergate and Patty Hearst, here was one bit of madness people could enjoy. And it wasn't just random kookiness, but a film that broke barriers and courted controversy like no other major-release film of its time. No other movie had characters that were basically likable if stupid throwing around the 'N' word before. In fact, it hasn't happened since and I doubt it would on Broadway today. The whole notion of white people and black people living together was not new, but the approach of 'Blazing Saddles' was certainly new. In order to live together, we have to laugh together first. The only way this film was not a trailblazer was in that it blazed trails untaken by any film that came after.Was Cleavon Little then a civil rights pioneer for the 1970s, in a way Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were the decade before? He's very good, bringing a lightness to the role that's equal parts Shaft and Bugs Bunny. Richard Pryor was one of the film's writers and Brooks' first choice for Sheriff Bart, but Pryor wouldn't have played the role in the same smooth way. Little is an amiable actor, one step ahead but never cocky about it. He makes for a sympathetic center, and he is flash in those corduroy threads.Little didn't work much after 'Blazing Saddles,' which makes no sense. It was only the highest-grossing Western of all time, and Little was the lead actor in it. Maybe institutional racism wasn't the sole cause. After all, he had a distractingly rock-solid cast around him, particularly Harvey Korman as Attorney General Hedley Lamarr. Growing up in the '70s, it was a shock the first time I saw the unedited 'Blazing Saddles' with all the casual vulgarity spewing from the mouth of Tim Conway's slapstick buddy on the ultra G-rated 'Carol Burnett Show.' 'You will be only risking your lives, whilst I will be risking an almost-certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor,' he tells his gang before they ride off to pillage Rock Ridge. If only the Academy didn't penalize comedies so, that might have been true.Madeline Kahn did get nominated for Lili Von Shtupp, and deserved her Laurel and Hardy handshake for sure. Her Baba Wawa meets Marlene Dietrich performance is a comic masterpiece, and it takes guts to wear that dead-weed lingerie in which she performs 'I'm So Tired.' Slim Pickens Taggart , Burton Gilliam Lyle , Dom DeLuise Buddy , and Brooks himself as 'the Gov' all shine, and the level of comic acting remains high all the way to the smallest roles, like the guy playing Hitler 'They lose me right after the bunker scene' and the cowboy who chews gum in line 'I didn't know there was gonna be so many people!' Gene Wilder is a little young and ironic for the bitter ex-gunslinger known as the Waco Kid, but he grows into the role well enough. Certainly he was in tune with what Brooks was doing more than Gig Young or Dan Dailey would have been Brooks' earlier choices for the part, with Young making it all the way to the first day's shooting before it was discovered he wasn't just acting the part of a hopeless drunk. 'Blazing Saddles' doesn't make the IMDb top 250, but it's still one of the most significant video titles because it rewards repeat viewings so well. The wholeness of the film's comic spectacle is too dense to be absorbed in one viewing, especially when you are laughing too hard. It's a cultural landmark, yes, but it's even funnier now than it was 30 years ago, one of the funniest comedies that exist today. Making it into a musical now would almost be demeaning, but I suspect it will happen anyway.
The Film That Made Brooks A Star (by ccthemovieman-1)
Mel Brooks made several very popular and memorable films in the '70s but I doubt any was more popular than this one. Made just several years after the morals' code had been lifted in Hollywood, it was able to provide humor in a new and shocking way. People could fart, swear, have old ladies use the n- word, men could punch horses in the face, make fun of any religion, creed, race or whatever was there to make fun of ...in other words, no holds barred when it came to trying to get a laugh. Nothing was sacred at this time in Hollywood history and few capitalized on this as well as <more>
Brooks, especially with this film.The film doesn't have much shock value anymore but it's still fun to watch and probably always will be, thanks to the outrageous characterizations in here.On the negative side, especially if don't know Brooks does whatever he can to get a laugh and isn't all that political, this film might be too politically-correct with its reverse racism, bias against religion and overly crude situations.But - a big but - there are so many funny lines in here, so many funny scenes you never forget and never fail to laugh no matter how many times you see it the campfire scene alone has made men cry in laughter for 30 years that you can overlook about anything in here.In summary, a true "classic" guaranteed to entertain for many more years to come.
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!
Rare hilarious comedy. (by Boba_Fett1138)
"Blazing Saddles" is a classic comedy, though it is not Brooks his best.Like many other comedies, the movie has hits and misses. There are some incredible good and funny moments but also some very lame one's but all of that is just a matter of opinion. Most people will have more than a few laughs while watching this movie.There are some totally hilarious characters played by some good actors such as Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Slim Pickens and Harvey Korman. The main part is played by an unknown but talented Cleavon Little who died in 1992. The role in this movie was the only <more>
one he ever really received fame for.The story is totally crazy and hilarious and makes this movie better than most of the other comedies. The ending is one of the most hilarious things I have ever seen, it involves a couple of fighting cowboys, gay dancers and even Hitler, I say no more...Yes, the movie has at times some unusual humor but that's what makes the movie classic, special and not easy to forget.There isn't really much to complain about this movie. Only thing might be that Gene Wilder's character is introduced a bit too late in the movie for my taste and that I would have liked the movie to be longer but those aren't really complains, are they?A truly classic comedy and still one of the best.9/10http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/
Political Correctness Is A Terrible Thing (by Theo Robertson)
No doubt pseudo-intellectuals Ie People who only think they`re clever will claim that BLAZING SADDLES deconstructs the traditional western by pointing out how fundamentally racist the genre is . I`ve no idea how much truth there is in that because I was too busy laughing at what was happening on screen . Yeah the N word figures a lot but let`s not forget one of the screenwriters is a famous black stand up comedian and that everyone be they black , white or Jewish are targets for the outrageous events in this movie so I fail to see what`s racist about it . It is of course politically <more>
incorrect but hands up anyone who`s seen a politically correct comedy that made them laugh ? I won`t bother to go into any detail as to how funny BLAZING SADDLES is except to say I remember seeing it years ago and watched it again at the weekend . Unlike a great number of movies I have fond memories of this is one film that didn`t disappoint me after a long absence
Mel Brooks found a way in 1974 to direct two of the greatest comedies of all time. And in that one year, he found a way to cram as many movie parodies, and not have any overlap, as any director can in Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. What Young Frankenstein was to the 1930s horror movies Blazing Saddles was to the Westerns of the 1960s. And add in there the oppression of blacks during the same time, and you have a biting satire on the role of blacks in society, if not in 1974, at least the way it was in 1874. Cleavon Little by the way, he's black plays Bart, a slave laborer for <more>
Hedley Lamarr's Harvey Korman in a GREAT performance as a scheming government employee railroad who needs to cut through the town of Rock Ridge for completion. The townspeople won't sell their land, so Lamarr has the sheriff killed and replaced with Bart. He's not really welcomed into the town, but with help from Jim, the Waco Kid Gene Wilder he is able to earn's the town's trust. Standard plot, and a plot that does not really matter. The humor is so scatological, from so many periods of time, that we know it's a movie, and the characters in the movie know they are in a movie. Take Slim Pickens when he cries out "What in the wide world of sports is going on here?" And the final 10 minutes of the movie is just odd in any other movie, but somehow works in Blazing Saddles. So much humor is cut out of the TV versions, so don't waste your time with it. It has to be seen with the language and "sexually suggestive" scenes to be fully appreciated.
I had heard about this film from actor/producer/writer/director Mel Brooks The Producers, Young Frankenstein , and I knew I couldn't miss it. It is a politically incorrect comedy, mainly because of the many racist terms, but a very funny one. Basically, it is based in the American Old West of 1874 in a town called Rock Ridge, with all but the Governor Lepetomane Mel Brooks, also playing an Indian chief with the surname Johnson. A gang of thugs, led by the dastardly Hedley Lamarr Harvey Korman , often mistaken for the actress Hedy Lamarr are invading the town, causing the townspeople <more>
demanding a new sheriff. When one comes along, they weren't expecting a Ni... that a quote by the way, "Ni..." , African American railroad worker named Bart BAFTA nominated newcomer Cleavon Little to be the new sheriff. The only friend that Bart has for a while is alcoholic gunslinger Jim Gene Wilder , once known as 'The Waco Kid' for his fast hands. Anyway, they eventually convince the town to build a fake town to fool the bad guys, they fall for it, and they attack, and doing this happen to crash into a Hollywood studio production. The bad guys and Lamarr are defeated, Bart and Jim get to see the end of their movie, and Bart makes everyone accept coloured people. Also starring Slim Pickens as Taggart, Oscar nominated Madeline Kahn as Lili Von Shtupp a character with a "gweat" German accent , David Huddleston as Olson Johnson, Liam Dunn as Rev. Johnson, Alex Karras as Mongo, John Hillerman as Howard Johnson, George Furth as Van Johnson, Claude Ennis Starrett Jr./Jack Starrett as Gabby Johnson, Dom DeLuise as Buddy Bizarre, Richard Collier as Dr. Sam Johnson, Count Basie, Burton Gilliam as Lyle, and apparently an uncredited Anne Bancroft as an Extra in Church Congregation. The racist jokes are amusing, the farting because of beans round the camp fire is classic, Korman and Wilder both have their moments, it may be funnier than Young Frankenstein. It was nominated the Oscars for Best Film Editing and Best Song for "Blazing Saddles", and it was nominated the BAFTA for Best Screenplay. It was number 8 on The 50 Greatest Comedy Films, and it was number 6 on 100 Years, 100 Laughs. Very good!