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 - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Rebecca Flint Marx

Mel Brooks at his ribald, tasteless best, Blazing Saddles stands out as one of the all-time great film spoofs. Sparing no one from his outrageous brand of humor, Brooks proved he was an egalitarian when it came to making fun of people, regardless of skin color or religious persuasion: where blacks may come off as stereotypical, whites are seen as just plain stupid and ignorant. Beyond its over-the-top humor and genre revision of the Western, Blazing Saddles boasts some great performances, with Madeline Kahn, Gene Wilder, and Slim Pickens doing some of the best work of their careers. It also features a number of scenes that have elevated the film into the realm of the comedy classic, perhaps most infamously the one involving beans, a campfire, and the most gratuitous display of flatulence ever to cloud a movie screen.