Blazing Saddles
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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… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"Goldarned if the whole fool enterprise is not worth the attention of any moviegoer with a penchant for what one actor, commenting on another's Gabby Hayes imitation, calls 'authentic western gibberish.'"
‑ Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine
"The screenplay is credited to five writers, and it shows in the confused melange of styles."
‑ , Time Out
"It's the best [director] Brooks has ever offered his audience."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A lewd spoof of westerns and racial prejudice; enough laughs to cover the fact that it is, essentially, a stupid movie."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...at once a parody of old Western movies and a social satire on race and prejudice."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"One of the funniest awful movies ever made."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"It's a crazed grabbag of a movie that does everything to keep us laughing except hit us over the head with a rubber chicken."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"...may look like a Western, but in actuality it takes place in just another corner of Mel Brooks' mad brain."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"It's tough to beat as an outrageously phlegmy deposit in Hollywood's spittoon."
‑ Jonathan Crocker, Film4
"Madeline Kahn was nominated for the Supporting Actress Oscar for her wonderful parody of all the cabaret singers that Dietrich used to play, including the comedy-Western Destry Rides Again."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Although Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder head a uniformly competent cast, pic is handily stolen by Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn. Kahn is simply terrific doing a Marlene Dietrich lampoon."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Blazing Saddles has no dominant personality, and it looks as if it includes every gag thought up in every story conference. Whether good, bad, or mild, nothing was thrown out."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Kids may not get all of Brooks' Old West parody."
‑ Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media
"I laughed and laughed while viewing this again. Maybe part of it was nostalgia, but part of it came from a refreshing feeling of being shocked once more."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Chalk up Blazing Saddles as only a lampoon of Hollywood westerns and you miss the point by a Texas mile.... Its humor is the palliative that lets Brooks mock prejudices and, with gloves off, prejudiced people."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
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