Blazing Saddles (1974)
"Never give a saga an even break!"To ruin a western town, a corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff, who promptly becomes his most formidable adversary.
The Film That Made Brooks A Star
Mel Brooks made several very popular and memorable films in the '70s
but I doubt any was more popular than this one. Made just several years
after the morals' code had been lifted in Hollywood, it was able to
provide humor in a new and shocking way. People could fart, swear, have
old ladies use the n- word, men could punch horses in the face, make
fun of any religion, creed, race or whatever was there to make fun of
...in other words, no holds barred when it came to trying to get a
laugh. Nothing was sacred at this time in Hollywood history and few
capitalized on this as well as Brooks, especially with this film.
The film doesn't have much shock value anymore but it's still fun to
watch and probably always will be, thanks to the outrageous
characterizations in here.
On the negative side, especially if don't know Brooks does whatever he
can to get a laugh and isn't all that political, this film might be too
politically-correct with its reverse racism, bias against religion and
overly crude situations.
But - a big but - there are so many funny lines in here, so many funny
scenes you never forget and never fail to laugh no matter how many
times you see it (the campfire scene alone has made men cry in laughter
for 30 years) that you can overlook about anything in here.
In summary, a true "classic" guaranteed to entertain for many more
years to come.