Skip to comments.BLAZING BROOKS: MEL SAYS 'SADDLES' COULDN'T BE MADE IN 2012
Posted on 11/17/2012 4:17:46 AM PST by SMGFanEdited on 11/17/2012 11:18:24 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]
It's a good thing Mel Brooks' inspiration for "Blazing Saddles" struck in the early 1970s and not 2012. Had Brooks come up with the western genre spoof today, it wouldn't pass muster at any major studio.
Brooks himself shared that sad truth during a visit to "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night. "Blazing Saddles" starred Gene Wilder, Cleavon Little, Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn in a zany send up of classic western films. And while "Superbad," "Bridesmaids" and "Project X" push the boundaries of modern cinema, they couldn't compare to the outrageous gags Brooks sprinkled throughout his 1974 comedy classic. "It couldn't be made today," Brooks tells Kimmel flatly before launching into a classic story about an early preview of the film, and how a man high up at Warner Bros. told him to make some major cuts ... or else. "We had this preview, people went crazy. They laughed, they enjoyed it. Afterwards, he grabs me by the collar and shoves me into an office ... and he says, “Okay, here’s a legal pad, here’s a pencil, take these notes...” “N-word, OUT! We don’t say it. No punching a horse. Noooo punching a horse. Around the campfire, cut out the farting… out! It's out! You can’t punch an old lady. Lily von Schtupp and the black sheriff … you can’t – OUT, OUT.”
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It’s twoo, it’s twoo......
Chris Rock would be in it instead and making racist comments about rich white guys, you know, the ones who are the job producers...the hated class...making fun of them is ok and very unifying to the country. Sarc off/
Springtime for Hitler would be too offensive for gays.
“Pardon me, while I whip this out...”
Every time I watch Blazing Saddles, I think the same thing. Today, Mel Brooks would be strung up for such a movie.
One of the best comedies ever, IMHO.
Mongo LIKE Candy.
Hey, where the white women at?
Will assume you never saw Rock’s classic show where he goes after the home team.
Great Theme Song
“’Scuse me while ah whip this out!”
“little bastard shot me in the a$$...”
“Mongo only pawn in game of Life.”
I love how the non-gay, Christian, male, is the only person not aloud to be offended.
The French Mistake
The thing is Blazing Saddles was not only a satire of classic movie westerns and movie making in general but also a satire on race relations and prejudices - the black sheriff was the hero of the movie. And Mel Brooks as the Indian chief who speaks Yiddish- They darker than us! Woof! LOL!
Don’t send a horse to find quicksand, you know the price of horses these days, send a nigger.
I watched it in a theater of Blacks in Seattle and every time nigger was said they howled.
Pray for America
Gov. William J. Le Petomane: “Work, work, work. Work, work, work. Work, work, work. Hello boys, have a good night’s rest, I missed you.”
Yiddish Indians = a Mormon joke.
Okay. I didn't 'get' the Rocky Horror Picture Show, either.
That was how much things had changed then, and it is more so now. Indoctrination....
Funny movie and I agree it couldn’t be made today. Al Sharpton would make a career out of it.
The only movie funnier than BS is Young Frankenstein.
Brooks is a genius!
Today’s comedies are considered classics if the characters utter profanities every two minutes. These days, cuss words are considered great comedy.
Thanks. Frankie Layne. Also, cameo by Count Basie.
A Chippewa friend said "Well, why can't we play Jews in the movies, already? Oy Vey! They have Jews playing Indians!"
The greatest thing about this movie is that it showed something we do not have today, the ability to laugh at ourselves. That was the genius of what Brooks did. Now everyone should be required to see it again and then reflect on all those “offended” groups who will swear that social relations are so much better off today than it was then because of their activist cheerleaders. The reality is that it is far worse than it has ever been and maybe seeing this movie again will start to reflect that to some “offended” crybaby.
I also consider High Anxiety one of his best as well, not as slapstick as many of his other movies, although it helps if, like me, one is a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan.
If this movie were made today, it would be that the evil white landowners want to selfishly exploit the land, while the good government wants to use eminent domain to build a bullet train for the people.
“We gotta protect our phoney-baloney jobs, gentlemen.”
Is ***BONG*** racist code for Amish?
The only movie funnier than BS is Young Frankenstein.
Probably the funniest scene in all of moviedom is the “Puttin on the Ritz” routine.
Usually they have Italians playing Amerindians. We call them the Wopahoe tribe. ;)
Mel Brooks is quite correct.
It’s still funnier than h*ll decades later.
The sheriff is a n-BONG.
No doubt someone would be offended now...prolly some 'victim' studies grad who had as much Indian blood as Liz Warren.
Interestingly (or not, a buddy of mine and I were discussing this just the other day. We both agreed that Blazing Saddles would never get made today. We also put these films on our short list:
Patton - Probably a lot of griping about the depiction of Arabs in the film.
Better Off Dead - a comedy about a kid who keeps trying to kill himself? I can hear the protests now.
Harold and Maude - similar reasons to BoD
Most of Sam Peckinpah’s flicks - I seriously doubt any of Peckinpah’s greats could be made today in their original form. I know there was a lame remake of Straw Dogs a while back, but I cannot imagine the feminist crowd would sit still for the fact that women don’t get spared from violence in a Peckinpah film. There would be a certain irony there, of course, as Peckinpah never used violence gratuitously in any of his films. Unlike many modern films that are far more violent.
BTW, speaking of Blazing Saddles. The late Alex Karras (i.e. “Mongo”) was considered for a part some years earlier in The Godfather. Not as Lucca Brazzi, or Clemenza (both of which would have been a good fit, I think), but in the part of Carlo, Talia Shire’s weasely husband.
All I can say is, they would have to reshoot that entire street fight between Sonny and Carlo. James Caan is pretty tough, but he *ain’t* whuppin’ Mongo!
OK, I'll give you that if you can go with the "Roll in the Hay" scene with Teri Garr as one of the funniest "sex" scenes.
Quick story on the first time to watch BS: this was my first "meeting" with my wife as we were both at a screening of BS at our college student union one Sunday evening. We weren't there on a date or even sitting next to one another nor did we know each other at that time. However, the great humor in the movie had me laughing uncontrollably so my wife, on one of our early dates, heard me laugh and said "You're that guy at the movie!!"
“What great knockers.”, “Why Thank you.”
“No, no, don’t do that. If you shoot him, you’ll just make him mad.”
That song was so hilarious (different movie though, that was The Producers)! It was on the jukebox in the bar/restaurant near my apt in NYC way back when.