Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles (1974)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 7, 1974
DVD Release Date: August 27, 1997
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Daring, provocative, and laugh-out-loud funny, Blazing Saddles is a gleefully vulgar spoof of Westerns that marks a high point in Mel Brooks' storied career.

Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine

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.'

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Time Out

The screenplay is credited to five writers, and it shows in the confused melange of styles.

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Sean Axmaker
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More than simply a loving spoof of Hollywood westerns, Blazing Saddles is one of the funniest movies ever made... and one of the most audacious satires of racism to come out of Hollywood.

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Don Druker
Chicago Reader

One of the funniest awful movies ever made.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jason Bailey

Its genius, then and now, was the manner in which director Mel Brooks and his writers turned a broad Western spoof into what was, for its time, a revolutionary satire of race relations.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Total Film

A movie that neither blazes or misfires, falling somewhere between the horrors of Spaceballs and the genius of Young Frankenstein.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
An African-American sheriff protects a Western town threatened by a railroad expansion. Let's take a look at some of the bits in this film. First, the bad… More
Dan Schultz
A fantastically offensive, hilarious satire on westerns and the film industry in general concerning a small town in the 1800's who have a tough time… More
Mister Caple
Though it may not have the cinematic output of his 1968 hit "The Producers",writer-producer-director Mel Brooks scored one of the biggest hits of the… More
Samuel Riley
A true classic comedy. With so many iconic performances and performances, mainily from the Gene Wilder as 'The Wacko Kid'. This is my most favoured… More
Christian C
Mel Brooks is at his best in this dated but hilarious film.
Chris Weber
This is probably one of the greatest comedies of all time, and definitely one of the top genre spoofs ever as well. It's a send up of westerns, and a… More