Blazing Saddles

Warner Brothers Released 1974


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Mel Brooks
Blazing Saddles is a 1974 comedy from director Mel Brooks that spoofs American Western films and the less-celebrated cultural stereotypes of early America. The film takes place in 1874, in the small town of Rock Ridge, where a proposal for a new railroad line has the town up in arms. In an attempt to break up the town and make room for the highly profitable railroad, Governor William J. LePetomane (played by Mel Brooks) appoints a new, African American sheriff to keep the law in Rock Ridge. Bart (Cleavon Little) knows the racist reasoning behind his recent promotion, but since the alternative was death by hanging, he takes the job and runs with it. Bart has his work cut out for him, keeping the peace in a town where no one respects his authority, but he has a little help-the drunk but honorable gunslinger known as the Waco Kid (Gene Wilder). Together, Bart and The Waco Kid fight the forces of oppression and governmental greed to keep the railroad out of Rock Ridge. Blazing Saddles is a classic comedy, co-starring Slim Pickens and Dom DeLuise.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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. Mostly, it succeeds. It's an audience picture; it doesn...

  • 90

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Brooks' fast-paced direction is a masterpiece of comedy detail, filled with delightful and perfectly timed sight gags.

  • 50

    Slant Magazine Eric Henderson

    A limp, shapeless mess of a film trades in a genuine respect for westerns' tropes for purile vulgarity and joy-buzzer showmanship.

Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise

Buddy Bizarre

Slim Pickens

Slim Pickens


Mel Brooks

Mel Brooks

Governor William J. Lepetomane/Indian Chief

Harvey Korman

Harvey Korman

Hedley Lamarr

David Huddleston

David Huddleston

Olson Johnson

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social issues, Military & War, old time america, pop culture references, breaking the fourth wall