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Blazing Saddles 40th Anniversary (BD) [Blu-ray]
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The plot of "Blazing Saddles", as I eluded to in my review opening, takes place primarily in the fictional old-west town of Rock Ridge, whose residents seemingly all have the same last name and who have been mercilessly besieged by a group of thugs who are lead by a man named Taggart (Slim Pickens, 1919-1983). After the thugs kill the sheriff of Rock Ridge, the residents send an urgent plea to Gov. LePetomaine to immediately appoint a new sheriff. Gov. LePetomaine delegates the appointment to his assistant Hedley Lamarr, whose nefarious secret agenda is the destruction of Rock Ridge to make way for a new railroad line. Lamarr devises what he believes will be the final, unconscionable inducement to the residents of Rock Ridge for them to vacate: the appointment of a black sheriff, Black Bart (Cleavon Little, 1939-1992).Read more ›
This is too bad because Blazing Saddles shows that such language, given the right context, can actually combat bigotry by showing how stupid it really is. Cleavon Little, as Sheriff Bart, and Gene Wilder, as The Waco Kid, are presented as islands of sanity in a sea of ignorant, racist townspeople. The 'n' word is thrown out repeatedly, but is intended as an insult to the people who say it rather than a slur against blacks. Mel Brooks, a very liberal Democrat, recognized that racism is offensive and nasty in nature and showed it in its true light in Blazing Saddles. As a result, the film does more to ridicule racism and bigotry than most serious "message films" on the same subject ever could.
Unfortunately, the corporate suits who now run the big studios are more worried about image and profits than producing quality movies. As long as a film offends as few people as possible and appeals to as many members of the general public as possible (preferably between the ages of 18 and 35), the executives like it -- even if the film has no originality or artistic merit at all. As a result, films like Blazing Saddles and TV shows like All in the Family are taboo these days. Hollywood has lost a lot of daring and courage since 1974. See Blazing Saddles and you will realize just how much.
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With the exception of SPACEBALLS, I am, as of yet, not well-versed in all things Mel Brooks. I have been aware of his cultural influence through soundbites and clips of his films,... Read morePublished 29 minutes ago by Robert Hayes
Blazing Saddles is a classic that couldn't be made in today's race sensitive society. This movie takes a poke at just about every stereotype from the old west. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Kelly J.
Love this movie, but I love all Mel Brooks movies. No need to watch if you are easily offended.Published 1 day ago by Westie
I know that it is very popular but I guess I didn't get the humor. I felt I lost brain cells watching this.Published 4 days ago by Charles Radcliff
One of the most awesome comedy classics of all time from the most talented and funny Mel Brooks.Published 4 days ago by Mark A Louwerse
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