Why to Watch - Blazing Saddles

Anything by Mel Brooks is worth a watch, and anything with Gene Wilder demands your immediate attention. This is the definition of a “classic”



Blazing Saddles (1974) Comedy, Western | 93min | February 7, 1974 (United States) 7.7
Director: Mel BrooksWriter: Mel Brooks, Norman Steinberg, Andrew BergmanStars: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim PickensSummary: The Ultimate Western Spoof. A town where everyone seems to be named Johnson is in the way of the railroad. In order to grab their land, Hedley Lemar (Harvey Korman), a politically connected nasty person, sends in his henchmen to make the town unlivable. After the sheriff is killed, the town demands a new sheriff from the Governor (Mel Brooks). Hedley convinces him to send the town the first Black sheriff (Cleavon Little) in the west. Bart is a sophisticated urbanite who will have some difficulty winning over the townspeople. —John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>


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