"It's not Hedy. It's Hedley. Hedley Lamarr"--Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) "What the hell are you worried about' This is 1874. You'll be able to sue her."
- Governor Lepetomane (Mel Brooks)
"My name is Jim. But most people call me...Jim."
- Jim (Gene Wilder) to Sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little)
"Yeah, but I shoot with this hand."
"If you shoot him, you'll just make him mad."
- Jim to Sheriff Bart, about Mongo (Alex Karras)
"Excuse me while I whip this out."
- Sheriff Bart
"I got it! I know how we can run everybody out of Rock Ridge...We'll kill the firstborn male child of every household."--Taggart (Slim Pickens) "Too Jewish."
"Badges' We don't need no stinkin' badges!"
- Mexican bandit
"You'd do it for Randolph Scott."--Sheriff Bart "Randolph Scott!"
- the townspeople
"I didn't get a 'harrumph' out of that guy!"--Governor Lepetomane "Give the governor a 'harrumph!'"--Lamarr "Harrumph!"--Reporter "You watch your ass."
"Can't you see that's the last act of a desperate man'"--Sheriff Bart "We don't care if it's the first act of HENRY V, we're leaving!"
USA Today - 07/03/1997
"...This cowboy-tweaking smash was great in its day..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...Brooks' success left an unmistakable scent on movies from AIRPLANE! To AMERICAN PIE..."
Premiere - 07/01/2004
"[I]t's still unfailingly hilarious, and it's practically overflowing with real heart and warmth..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2004
"Gene Wilder is ingenuous..."
Widescreen Review - 07/01/2006
"In a hilarious assault on good taste, BLAZING SADDLES stars Cleavon Little as an unlikely sheriff and Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid..."
A madcap spoof of the classic Hollywood Western, BLAZING SADDLES is also one of the most gleefully anti-P.C. films ever produced by a major studio. When the sheriff of a small frontier town is killed, convict Bart (Cleavon Little) is appointed the first black sheriff of all-white Rock Ridge by the evil Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman), who hopes this will chase the townspeople from their homes. The naive Sheriff Bart soon catches on, realizing from the less than cheery welcome that the townspeople (who all seem to be named Johnson) aren't prepared for a black sheriff and that he was never meant to succeed at all. Enlisting the help of the sensitive town drunk (Gene Wilder), formerly the Waco Kid, Bart embarks on a plan to save Rock Ridge. A scathing spoof that deals with racism, sexism, and bodily functions, BLAZING SADDLES offers a contrast between picture and words that is shocking, subversive, and hilarious. Director Mel Brooks makes two memorable appearances--as both the sleazy governor and a Yiddish-speaking Sioux Indian chief--while Madeline Kahn does a sidesplitting Marlene Dietrich imitation as the town floozy. Featuring fabulous comic turns by Alex Karras and Slim Pickens, BLAZING SADDLES is raunchy, lovable, and uproarious.
Description by Warner Home Video:
The railroad's got to run through the town of Rock Ridge. How do you drive out the townfolk in order to steal their land' Send in the toughest gang you've got...and name a new sheriff who'll last about 24 hours.
But that's not really the plot of Blazing Saddles, just the pretext. Once Mel Brooks' lunatic film - many call it his best - gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns, howlers, growlers and outrageous assaults upon good taste or any taste at all.
Cleavon Little as the new lawman, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid, Brooks himself as a dim-witted politico and Madeline Kahn in her Marlene Dietrich send-up that earned an Academy Award nomination all give this sagebrush saga their lunatic best. And when Blazing Saddles can't contain itself at the finale, it just proves the Old West will never be the same!