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Blazing Saddles

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Kids may not get all of Brooks' classic Old West parody.
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  • Review Date: October 31, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1974
  • Running Time: 93 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Mostly cartoon-ish slapstick violence. Rape jokes.

Sex

Some sexual innuendo. Cleavage.

Language

Plenty of swearing, repeated racial slurs made in jest.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Cigar smoking, heavy drinking

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Blazing Saddles is a classic spoofy comedy with bawdy language, sexual innuendo, and a send up of racism that younger viewers may not be able to understand and therefore misinterpret. Drinking and prostitution are also lampooned. There are some laughs at the expense of flamboyant characters who are meant to be thought of as gay.

What's the story?

Mel Brooks' BLAZING SADDLES lampoons the Westerns of the 40's and 50's, mocking the conventions of the genre as well as its racist undertones. Greedy magnate Headley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) is planning to steal a plot of land away from the kindly townsfolk of Rockridge. He appoints a black sheriff named Bart (Cleavon Little), relying on the intolerance of the community to spark a mass exodus out of town. Things don't go quite as planned, as Bart teams up a washed-up gunslinger (Gene Wilder), wins the citizens' respect, and enlists his old co-workers from the railroad line to help foil Lamarr's scheme.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

As frenzied and eager to please as any Mel Brooks comedy, Blazing Saddles' defining characteristic is its willingness to poke fun at the normally taboo subject of racism. The film hasn't aged perfectly; the gags that amused in the 1970s by virtue of their sheer outrageousness might just seem like bad taste now. But, wo-written by Richard Pryor in the prime of his career, the movie has enough funny moments to outweigh theones that fall flat. The action, meanwhile, possesses the unmistakably silly tone of Brooks' comedies, including frenetic pacing and a few snappy song numbers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes something a satire. What or who in particular does the movie intend to mock?

  • How does the film's humor address racial stereotypes present in society as well as in movies about the Old West?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 7, 1974
DVD release date:June 29, 2004
Cast:Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn
Director:Mel Brooks
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Friendship
Run time:93 minutes
MPAA rating:R

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Teen, 14 years old Written byILUVMEAT April 9, 2008

great spoof, but racy in most spots.

This movie is rated R for one reason: Language. Swearing is constant and the sherrif is not liked in the beginning since he is african american but his heroic actions in stopping rustlers from destroying the town really made the people grow on him. Sadly, in the end, he leaves to help other towns. The n-word is used often since it is in an early time where there was slavery. The only real problem is language. Violence is slapstick like when everyone was joining the fight into the hollywood studios. People drink at the saloon and the waco kid (Gene wilder) is a heavy drinker who befriends the sherrif. I really liked it. good for 14+ due to its frequent swearing and racial slurs

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