Blazing Saddles
Release: February 07, 1974

Mel Brooks scored his first commercial hit with this raucous Western spoof starring Cleavon Little as Bart, Rock Ridge's newly-hired (and conspicuously black) sheriff. Bart teams up with deputy Jim (Gene Wilder) to foil the railroad-building scheme of the nefarious Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman). The simple plot is just an excuse for a steady stream of gags, many of them unabashedly tasteless, that Brooks and his wacky cast pull off with side-splitting success. The humor is so juvenile and crude that you just have to surrender to it; highlights abound, from the lunkheaded Alex Karras as the ox-riding Mongo to Madeline Kahn's uproarious send-up of Marlene Dietrich as saloon songstress Lili Von Shtupp. Adding to the comedic excess is the infamous campfire scene involving a bunch of hungry cowboys, heaping servings of baked beans and, well, you get the idea.The railroad's got to run through the town of Rock Ridge. How do you drive out the townfolk in order to steal their land? Send in the toughest gang you've got… and name a new sheriff who'll last about 24 hours. But that's not really the plot of Blazing Saddles, just the pretext. Once Mel Brooks' lunatic film many call it his best gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns, howlers, growlers and outrageous assaults upon good taste or any taste at all. Cleavon Little as the new lawman, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid, Brooks himself as a dimwitted politico and Madeline Kahn in her Marlene Dietrich send-up that earned an Oscar® nomination all give this sagebrush saga their lunatic best. And when Blazing Saddles can't contain itself at the finale, it just proves the Old West will never be the same!

Bart: "(After his KKK uniform comes off) And now for my next impression...Jesse Owens!" (He runs off)"
Jim: "(To Bart) You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know...morons."
Jim: "(To Bart) What did you expect? 'Welcome, sonny'? 'Make yourself at home'? 'Marry my daughter'?"
Lili: "Hello, handsome. Is that a ten-gallon hat or are you just enjoying the show?"
Hedley: "(To his assembled thugs) Go do that voodoo that you do so well!"
Adolf Hitler: "They lose me right after the bunker scene."
Hedley: "Unfortunately there is one thing standing between me and that property: the rightful owners."
Bart: "Well, raise my rent. You ARE the Waco Kid."
Lepetomane: "(After Hedley is annoyed by being called Hedy Lamarr) What the hell are you worried about? This is 1874. You'll be able to sue *her*."
Bart: "Hey, Charlie. What is it that's not exactly water and it ain't exactly earth?" (Charlie joins in) "QUICKSAND!"
Mexican: "(Upon seeing Mongo) Mongo! Santa Maria!"
Bart: "Well, can't you see that's the last act of a desperate man?"
Howard: "We don't care if it's the first act of 'Henry V'. We're leaving!"
Hedley: "(After slapping a ranting Lili) Shut up, you Teutonic twat!"
Waco Kid: "(to two Klansmen) Hey, boys. (pulling Bart up by the back of his collar) look what I got here."
Bart: "Where all the white women at? (Klansmen chase the two behind a rock and are beaten up by The Waco Kid and Bart)."
Hedley Lamarr: "I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nimwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers, and Methodists!"
Taggart: "Could you repeat that, sir?"
Taggart: "I know how we can run everyone out of Rock Ridge."
Hedley Lamarr: "How?"
Taggart: "We'll kill the first born male child in every household."
Hedley Lamarr: "Too Jewish."
Bart: "(After Lili whispers a shocking suggestion to him) Baby, I am not from Havana!"
Taggart: "(After an oration by Hedley) Ditto!"
Bart: "Telegram for Mongo!"
Jim: "(On what he wants to do) Play chess...Screw."
Bart: "Let's play chess!"
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