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Release Date: April 9th, 1992

DVD Release Date: June 25th, 1997

R|1 hr 33 min

Plot Summary
In this satirical take on Westerns, crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed in order to make way for a new railroad. Initially, the people of Rock Ridge harbor a racial bias toward their new leader. However, they warm to him after realizing that Bart and his perpetually drunk gunfighter friend (Gene Wilder) are the only defense against a wave of thugs sent to rid the town of its population.

Cast: Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn, Slim Pickens, David Huddleston, Liam Dunn, Alex Karras, John Hillerman

Director: Mel Brooks

Genres: Comedy, Western

Production Co: Warner Brothers, Crossbow Productions

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: Rise, Friend, Madcap, Rivalry, Small town, Friendship

Ratings & Reviews

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  • A limp, shapeless mess of a film trades in a genuine respect for westerns’ tropes for purile vulgarity and joy-buzzer showmanship. show more

  • It's a crazed grabbag of a movie that does everything to keep us laughing except hit us over the head with a rubber chicken. Mostly, it succeeds. It's an audience picture; it doesn't have a lot of classy polish and its structure is a total mess. But of course! What does that matter while Alex Karris is knocking a horse cold with a right cross to the jaw? show more

  • Brooks' fast-paced direction is a masterpiece of comedy detail, filled with delightful and perfectly timed sight gags. show more

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Awards

Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1974)
Nominated Music (Song)