Blazing Saddles (1974)

Genres - Comedy, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Parody/Spoof, Comedy Western, Odd Couple Film  |   Release Date - May 15, 2013 (USA - Rerelease)  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, and Madeline Kahn as a chanteuse modelled on Marlene Dietrich. As in Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), and High Anxiety (1977), director/writer Mel Brooks gives a burlesque spin to a classic Hollywood movie genre; in his own manic, Borscht Belt way, Brooks was a central player in revising classic genres in light of Seventies values and attitudes, an effort most often associated with such directors as Robert Altman and Peter Bogdanovich . Some of this film's sequences, notably a gaseous bean dinner around a campfire, have become comedy classics.

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bigotry, con/scam, gunfighter, sheriff, lawman, Wild-West, politician, railroad, life-changes

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High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance