DVD 105 mins IMDB 7.7 (21,216 votes)
Blazing Saddles - 30th Anniversary Special Edition
Warner Bros. (1974)
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Comedy, Western
USA  /  English

Cleavon Little Bart
Gene Wilder Jim, the Waco Kid
Slim Pickens Taggart
Harvey Korman Hedley Lamarr
David Huddleston Olson Johnson
Mel Brooks Indian Chief / Governor Lepetomane
Alex Karras Mongo
Madeline Kahn Lili Von Shtupp
Dom DeLuise Buddy Bizarre
Count Basie Himself
Dom De Luise
Liam Dunn Rev. Johnson
John Hillerman Howard Johnson
George Furth Van Johnson
Jack Starrett Gabby Johnson (as Claude Ennis Starrett Jr.)
Carol DeLuise Harriett Johnson (as Carol Arthur)
Richard Collier Dr. Sam Johnson
Charles McGregor Charlie

Director Mel Brooks
Producer Michael Hertzberg
Writer Andrew Bergman; Mel Brooks; Norman Steinberg; Richard Pryor; Alan Uger
Cinematography Joseph F. Biroc
Musician Mel Brooks; John Morris
User Credit 1 Danford B. Greene; John C. Howard

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

Edition Details
Barcode 085391895923
Region Region 1
Release Date 6/29/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Scene Specific Commentary by Mel Brooks
2 Blazingly Boffo Documentaries
  • Back in the Saddle
  • Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn (Excerpt)
    Black Bart: 1975 Pilot Episode of the Proposed TV Series Spinoff
    Additional Scenes
    Theatrical Trailer
  • Personal Details
    User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
    User Text 2 Never give a saga an even break!
    Links All Movie Guide
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    Internet Movie Database

    Trivia: Mel Brooks also asked Johnny Carson to play the Waco Kid; he refused. (more)

    Goofs: Continuity: When Bart arrives in Rock Ridge and the "Welcome Sheriff" banner retracts, it flips once, leaving some of the writing still visible. When Bart walks over to unfurl it again, it is neatly closed with no writing visible. (more)

    [first lines]
    Lyle: Come on, boys! The way you're lollygaggin' around here with them picks and them shovels, you'd think it was a hundert an' twenty degree. Can't be more than a hundert an' fourteen.

    Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations (more)