Blazing Saddles: Photofest
Jeff Labrecque
June 29, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Blazing Saddles

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
93 minutes
performer
Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens
director
Mel Brooks
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Andrew Bergman, Mel Brooks, Richard Pryor, Norman Steinberg, Alan Uger
genre
Western, Comedy

We gave it a B+

Blazing Saddles broke new ground when it was released in 1974. ”It also broke wind,” quips director Mel Brooks, referring to the notorious campfire scene in which a group of hungry cowboys blow off some steam. The insanely hilarious farce about a black sheriff sent to save a besieged Western town in 1874 is an equal-opportunity offender, but everyone’s in on the joke, and Brooks gets classic performances from a brilliant cast.

EXTRAS Some bonus scenes will look familiar to those who grew up with the sanitized television version, and Brooks’ commentary doesn’t even run the length of the movie. Fortunately, the look-back doc is a blast, chronicling casting what-ifs (cowriter Richard Pryor as Sheriff Bart? John Wayne as the Waco Kid?) and the genius of Harvey Korman as Hedy Lamarr — that’s ”Hedley!”

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