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Plot, Details & Awards

Blazing Saddles

R In Theaters 04/9/1992 , 105min.
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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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & 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
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