Blazing Saddles

Blazing Saddles

Mel Brooks (1974)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This all-singing, all-belching western spoof remains one of Mel Brooks's finest creations. Cleavon Little stars as the smart-as-a-whip railway worker who is appointed the first black sheriff to a hellraising western town; Gene Wilder plays the Waco Kid, the drunken gunman who helps him out. The two stars are great together, but there are even better performances from Madeline Kahn as Lili Von Shtupp (sending up Marlene Dietrich in an Oscar-nominated performance), Alex Karras as dumb strongman Mongo and the crazed Harvey Korman as slimy villain Hedley (not Hedy!) Lamarr. Brooks also turns up as the easily swayed Governor Lepetomane. There's not a lot of subtlety here, but loads of slapstick and more jokes about bodily functions than you'll find in the average Farrelly brothers movie. Mongo say enjoy.


A crooked railway tycoon whose men are terrorising a frontier town arranges for a black sheriff to be appointed, hoping the racist residents will reject him. The lawman proves more cunning than expected, and with the help of a drunken gunslinger, runs rings around the businessman. Mel Brooks' Western spoof, in which he co-stars alongside Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder and Madeline Kahn.

Cast & Crew

Bart Cleavon Little
Jim, the Waco Kid Gene Wilder
Taggart Slim Pickens
Hedley Lamarr Harvey Korman
Lili Von Shtupp Madeline Kahn
Governor Le Petomane / Indian chief Mel Brooks
Olson Johnson David Huddleston
Rev Johnson Liam Dunn
Mongo Alex Karras
Howard Johnson John Hillerman
Van Johnson George Furth
Gabby Johnson Claude E Starrett Jr
Buddy Bizarre Dom DeLuise
Dr Sam Johnson Richard Collier
Count Basie Count Basie
Lyle Burton Gilliam
Miss Stein Robyn Hilton
Director Mel Brooks
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner DistsGuidance: Contains some violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy Drama