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3.7
2,644 Ratings

Blazing Saddles

Directed by Mel Brooks
United States, 1974
Comedy, Western

Synopsis

A Western spoof that centers around the hilarious community of a railroad town. Determined to steal the land, the corrupt Hedley Lemarr makes the town inlivable. A newly appointed black sheriff challenges his authority.

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Blazing Saddles Directed by Mel Brooks

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1975 | 3 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

National Film Preservation Board

2006 | Winner: National Film Registry

Critics reviews

Humor is Brooks’ way of bringing opposing sides together. While 1970s racial biases are present (Brooks’ scene dressed as a Native American Chief comes to mind), BLAZING SADDLES is very deliberately self-conscious of its era. A few subtle jabs are taken at Hollywood, and the shot that zooms out to show the studio is pure genius. BLAZING SADDLES’ legacy is long lasting and its lesson on how to do parody in film is rarely matched.
January 22, 2016
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Blazing Saddles’s capacity to elicit laughter, and to offend, continuously bends toward historical frankness (e.g., the use of hate language and tossed-off references to rape), but in its unyielding upending of expectations it finds a truth in the eye of the storm: We’re all in this together, sinner and saint, man and woman, pawns and bishops alike. Watching any 10 minutes of mainstream news programming is enough to convince one that the film is still ahead of our time.
May 21, 2014
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