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Blazing Saddles (1974)

Comedy movie directed by Mel Brooks

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It Just Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!

  • Sep 30, 2000
This movie has just one funny scene after one hillarious sight gag after one slap happy great moment. Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Cleavon Little, Alex Karas, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korhman, and more just dominate the screen with laughter. The railroad scene ...gets the movie off to a rollicking start. Mel Brooks fooling around in the sheriffs office is amusing as well. Cleavon Little as the good natured sheriff keeps a happy disposition no matter how much everyone ridicules him. And the scenes with Mongo are just plain side splitting. This is a first rate video for any collection.

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Mel Brooks scored his first commercial hit with this raucous Western spoof starring the late Cleavon Little as the newly hired (and conspicuously black) sheriff of Rock Ridge. Sheriff Bart teams up with deputy Jim (Gene Wilder) to foil the railroad-building scheme of the nefarious Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman). The simple plot is just an excuse for a steady stream of gags, many of them unabashedly tasteless, that Brooks and his wacky cast pull off with side-splitting success. The humor is so juvenile and crude that you just have to surrender to it; highlights abound, from the lunkheaded Alex Karras as the ox-riding Mongo to Madeline Kahn's uproarious send-up of Marlene Dietrich as saloon songstress Lili Von Shtupp. Adding to the comedic excess is the infamous campfire scene involving a bunch of hungry cowboys, heaping servings of baked beans and, well, you get the idea.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Mel Brooks
Runtime: 93 minutes
Studio: Warner Home Video
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