Blazing Saddles


(out of 5)

This film is pretty much responsible for creating the genre of “spoof” comedy that continues to be popular today. It is on the surface a hilarious recreation of thirties westerns, most notably Destry Rides Again, but it is also a very deep criticism of American racism.  is excellent as the first black sheriff of a tiny western town, one whose populace doesn’t take too well to their new leader in law but sheriffs never last that long there anyway.  stars as his befuddled deputy and and  also contribute to the hilarity.    and her Dietrich-like character of “Lily Von Schtupp” steals the show outright, particularly with the very funny “I’m Tired!” performance number. Many of the jokes and sight gags are still quoted to this day, and although parts haven’t aged all that well, it still remains a very enjoyable comedy.

USA, 1974

Directed by Mel Brooks

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Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Madeline Kahn as “Lili Von Shtupp”)
Best Film Editing (John C. Howard, Danford Greene)
Best Music (Song) (“Blazing Saddles”, music by John Morris; lyrics by Mel Brooks)

Writers Guild Award
Best Comedy Written Directly for the Screen

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Screenplay
Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (Cleavon Little)



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