Blazing Saddles (1974) – 9/10 spoof comedy western movie review

Cast / crew
Cleavon Little: Bart
Gene Wilder: Jim
Slim Pickens: Taggart
Mel Brooks: Governor Lepetomane, Indian Chief
Harvey Korman: Hedley Lamarr
Madeline Kahn: Lili Von Shtupp
Dom DeLuise: Buddy Bizarre
Writer (Screenplay): Mel Brooks
Writer (Screenplay): Norman Steinberg
Writer (Screenplay): Andrew Bergman
Writer (Screenplay): Richard Pryor
Writer (Screenplay): Alan Uger
Writer (Story): Andrew Bergman
Director: Mel Brooks

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Black Sheriff Bart fights prejudice and corruption to save the little town of Rock Ridge from a wicked speculator, helped by the once legendary Waco Kid – the fastest gun anywhere.


Despite being spectacularly tasteless and the fact that one sequence just does not work (“I’m Tired”) this remains a strong contender for “Funniest Film Ever Made.” Ironically, despite having the worst scene in the movie, Madeline Kahn found herself nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Aside from that, what you remember and appreciate are the cleverer and unexpected gags. It is also, somewhat remarkably, one of the very few Hollywood movies that presents a message condemning racial prejudice that works as entertainment without being preachy or patronising. As with other talents who hit comedy heights, it makes you sad that Mel Brooks never made another film as consistently smart and funny but, the fact is, he made this one, and this is one of the best.

This movie contains mispronounced and mouthed sexual swear words, mild swear words, adult references, adult dialogue and comic violence and sexual innuendo.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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