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Blazing Saddles
ID:
1974
Comments:
Director: Mel Brooks
Screenplay: Mel Brooks, Alan Uger, Andrew Bergman, Norman Steinberg, Richard Pryor
Producer: Michael Hertzberg
Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn
Genre: Comedy

Running Time: 93
Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features:
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  Jun 1997 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$19.98]
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Reviews:  Mel Brooks scored his first commercial hit with this raucous Western spoof starring the late Cleavon Little as the newly hired (and conspicuously black) sheriff of Rock Ridge. 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. "--Jeff Shannon"


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