Saturday, May 28, 2011

Blazing Saddles (1974)

In the American Old West of 1874, the peaceful town of Rock Ridge is attacked by a pack of murderers and thieves, led by Taggart who is in cahoots with the conniving State Attorney General Hedley Lamarr. The townsfolk refuse to surrender to them so they wire the governor that they need a new sheriff. But Hedley doesn't want law and order so he schemes to find one that will shock the people so much that they'll drive him right out of town. So he gets an African-American man named Bart; however with the help of drunk gunslinger Jim aka The Waco Kid, Bart works to prevail over the townsfolk's hostile nature towards him. Mel Brooks' hysterical spoof on westerns; with a wonderful mix of characters and double entendres. My favorites: Lili von Shtupp, The Waco Kid and Hedley Lamarr. Starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks, Dom DeLuise 7/10

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