Plot & Details
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.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Comedy
- Run Time: 105min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 04/09/1992
- DVD Release Date: 06/25/1997
- Status: In Theaters
- Distributor(s): Warner Bros.
- Director(s): Mel Brooks
- Starring: Cleavon Little , Gene Wilder , Slim Pickens , Harvey Korman , David Huddleston
- Themes: Sheriffs and Outlaws,Race Relations
- Tone: Goofy,Madcap,Frantic,Silly,Easygoing,Satirical
- Keywords: con/scam, politician, railroad, Wild-West, bigotry, gunfighter, lawman, life-changes, sheriff
- Country of Origin: USA - Rerelease (05-15-2013),USA (02-07-1974)
- Language: English
|Year||Award||Category||Cast & Crew||Result|
|1974||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences||Best Song||Mel Brooks||Nominated|
|1974||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences||Best Editing||Danford B. Greene||Nominated|
|1974||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences||Best Supporting Actress||Madeline Kahn||Nominated|
|1974||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences||Best Editing||John C. Howard||Nominated|
|1974||Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences||Best Song||John Morris||Nominated|