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Blazing Saddles

Genre:Comedy, Western
Release Date:February 7, 1974
Running time:93 minutes
Cast:Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, David Huddleston, Liam Dunn
Director:Mel Brooks
Producer:Michael Hertzberg
Writer:Andrew Bergman, Norman Steinberg, Andrew Bergman, Richard Pryor, Alan Uger
Distributor:Warner Bros. Pictures

Description: Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, and Madeline Kahn as a chanteuse modelled on Marlene Dietrich. As in Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), and High Anxiety (1977), director/writer Mel Brooks gives a burlesque spin to a classic Hollywood movie genre; in his own manic, Borscht Belt way, Brooks was a central player in revising classic genres in light of Seventies values and attitudes, an effort most often associated with such directors as Robert Altman and Peter Bogdanovich . Some of this film's sequences, notably a gaseous bean dinner around a campfire, have become comedy classics.~ Robert Firsching, All Movie Guide

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