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'Blazing Saddles' Review: Buy a Copy Before the Left Burns Them All
breitbart.com ^ | 5/8/2014 | John Nolte

Posted on 05/09/2014 7:05:49 AM PDT by rktman

There are plenty of lousy film comedies, but there are only two that I outright hate: "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby." Both were released in 2006 when Hollywood's fury against George W. Bush had reached its peak, and both let the voters who re-elected him in 2004 have it with both barrels.

On its face you would think that Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" chose the exact same targets (rural Red Staters) to humiliate, but he didn't. With his masterpiece (that has just been released as a special 40th anniversary edition Bluray), Brooks managed to craft a hilarious comedy with a social message, and do it without coming off as a cold, mean-spirited Hollywood snob.

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I read somewhere that the studio execs told Brooks he had to take quite a few "objectionable" parts out of the film and he said "Okay." and then went ahead with the release without removing any of them. Thanks Mel. Today, this wouldn't even make a half hour special if you cut everything out that is supposedly offensive. If you watch the "edited" version it's pretty boring and nothing makes any sense out of context. Is there anything showing all the out-takes? I'll bet there were plenty.
1 posted on 05/09/2014 7:05:49 AM PDT by rktman
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To: rktman

Funniest movie ever made.

And...he offends everybody.


2 posted on 05/09/2014 7:07:24 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: rktman

Next up, removing all reference from farting in the movie, why it contributes to green house gases of course....


3 posted on 05/09/2014 7:09:17 AM PDT by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: unixfox

Damn right! The thing was side-splitting laughter from start to finish. But if I had to pick the best scene, it was when the sheriff took himself hostage.


4 posted on 05/09/2014 7:10:28 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: taildragger

And don’t forget the part where he makes fun of the faggots.


5 posted on 05/09/2014 7:11:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rktman

Mongo merely pawn in game of life.


6 posted on 05/09/2014 7:11:21 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: rktman
Only Mel Brooks could get away with some of the things he did. He turned all the stereotypes on their heads. True Genius.

Blazing Saddles- Work Song
7 posted on 05/09/2014 7:11:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

They said you was hung.

And they was right.


8 posted on 05/09/2014 7:12:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rktman

It’s possible this movie could be censored and banned.

Disney has banned their own old movie “Song of the South”, due to political correctness. Uncle Remus was too deferential, and the slaves depicted in the movie were not depicted in a politically correct manner.

Disney has as much as admitted that they have banned their own movie due to not meeting today’s sensibility standards.

Try to find Song of the South online or in any video retailer. You can’t buy it. You can’t even buy it at Disney theme parks, though you can buy all sorts of other Disney movies and videos.


9 posted on 05/09/2014 7:12:51 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: rktman

A close relative of mine, a comedy writer in Hollywood (secret Conservative) always says that Brooks opened the door to filthy comedies through the advent of Blazing Saddles. I know my skinned crawled when it premiered. I had been such a fan of The Producers - which, fortunately, was still produced under Hollywood censorship.

When my relative would quail at putting real filth into his scripts, producers would call him a “wimp.”

That said, Harvey Korman was always wonderful in Brook’s comedies. Madelaine Kahn was good, too.


10 posted on 05/09/2014 7:13:26 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: rktman
Actually, I think that Blazing Saddles has not aged well and was never all that good to begin with. True enough, there are some funny bits, but much of it is juvenile and forced (e.g., the fart gag around the campfire goes on way too long.) Its appeal was driven mostly by the fact that few movie makers (up to that time) had undertaken a genre satire, in which the cliches and situations of a class of movies are parodied and lampooned. Brooks was much more successful at that in his brilliant Young Frankenstein, another imperfect, but much better effort.

In my opinion, all of Brooks' genre satires are eclipsed by Airplane! Nothing before or since that movie even comes close in term of sheer hilarity.

11 posted on 05/09/2014 7:14:46 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: rktman

“They can’t make that movie today because everybody’s so politically correct. You know, the NAACP would stop a great movie that would do such a great service to black people because of the N-word,” says Brooks. “You’ve got to really examine these things and see what’s right and what’s wrong. Politically correct is absolutely wrong. Because it inhibits the freedom of thought. I’m so lucky that they weren’t so strong then and that the people that let things happen on the screen weren’t so powerful then. I was very lucky.”

https://movies.yahoo.com/blogs/movie-news/mel-brooks-on-blazing-new-comedic-trails-in—blazing-saddles-215405381.html

In addition to “the N-word”, there’s “the F-word” for gays and “the C-word” for Chinese people — all within two minutes of the beginning of the film.

But never mind that. Hollywood would not let this kind of movie be made again because the white lead and the black lead like each other from the very beginning. How many times have you seen that in any “buddy cop” movie in the past thirty years?


12 posted on 05/09/2014 7:14:58 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: jiggyboy

“Alright, we’ll give some land to the n#ggers and the ch#inks.......But we don’t want the Irish.”


13 posted on 05/09/2014 7:16:14 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I saw scenes from it at a theatrical club once. It looked beautiful beyond belief. It was shown as if it was a snuff film.

Of course, people have to bootleg Amos & Andy as well - which was a brilliant comedy show that deserves a release. But as long as African-Americans behave like humorless thugs, we’ll have to put up with this stuff. What bores they’ve become!


14 posted on 05/09/2014 7:17:55 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Cincinatus
In my opinion, all of Brooks' genre satires are eclipsed by Airplane! Nothing before or since that movie even comes close in term of sheer hilarity.

Surely, you can't be serious.

15 posted on 05/09/2014 7:18:43 AM PDT by Sideshow Bob
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To: rktman

Think of your secretary...


16 posted on 05/09/2014 7:19:16 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: Cincinatus
Actually, I think that Blazing Saddles has not aged well and was never all that good to begin with.

ZOT!

17 posted on 05/09/2014 7:19:26 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

18 posted on 05/09/2014 7:19:35 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: rktman

“What did he say?”

“He said the sheriff was near.”


19 posted on 05/09/2014 7:19:43 AM PDT by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: rktman

Cleavon Little left us far too soon.


20 posted on 05/09/2014 7:20:40 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: moehoward

“Please baby, I am not from Havana.”


21 posted on 05/09/2014 7:20:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cincinatus

“Brooks was much more successful at that in his brilliant Young Frankenstein, another imperfect, but much better effort.”

Young Frankenstein spends a lot of the film veering between spoof and homage.


22 posted on 05/09/2014 7:20:41 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: kingattax

Great Review of a Movie from our favorite “Equal Opportunity Offender”!

LOL!

On a side note...Once i had to wait in the ER for nearly two hours, and on the flat screen TV’s in the Waiting Room was an unedited, uninterrupted “Blazing Saddles”.

It was in inner-City Boston and the “Waiters” were laughing their dreads off.


23 posted on 05/09/2014 7:20:49 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I do remember Song of the South being on TV years ago. Of course I saw it in the theater when I was a kid but remember it well. A combination of cartoon and live actors. It did have slaves singing and dancing and we know they never did any of that in the old South.


24 posted on 05/09/2014 7:21:16 AM PDT by luvbach1 (We are finished. It will just take a while before everyone realizes it.)
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To: Cincinatus

Completely agree with you. Blazing Saddles IS overrated - mostly by guys who love scatological humor. That kind of stuff led to the amazingly horrible Bridesmaids - which I endured for 10 minutes.

Brooks always got brilliant comedians to appear in his films. I think that’s what has kept his profile so high over the years.

Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein. Who would have known how funny he could be?


25 posted on 05/09/2014 7:21:36 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: luvbach1

“When you were slaves, you sang like birds.”


26 posted on 05/09/2014 7:21:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

No, thank you, ma’am. Fifteen is my limit on schitzengruben.


27 posted on 05/09/2014 7:22:13 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: dfwgator
To the beat of the playback…watch …me…faggots..

28 posted on 05/09/2014 7:22:24 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: dfwgator

I’ve said many times that Blazing Saddles is the most quotable movie of all time. I’d bet that half of the movie has been quoted here on FR, appropriately.


29 posted on 05/09/2014 7:23:04 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: rktman

In bed with the flu and just re-watched that movie. It is so funny!

And it does poke fun at everyone!!


30 posted on 05/09/2014 7:23:08 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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To: unixfox
Which is the platinum plated beauty of the Film!
31 posted on 05/09/2014 7:23:11 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: moehoward

"You brute! You brute! You vicious brute!"

32 posted on 05/09/2014 7:23:22 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

LOL!!!


33 posted on 05/09/2014 7:23:22 AM PDT by moehoward
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To: rktman

My favorite movie of all time!


34 posted on 05/09/2014 7:24:30 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Vigilanteman

Oh Lawdy Lawd! He desp’ate! DO WHAT HE SAY! DO WHAT HE SAY!


35 posted on 05/09/2014 7:25:19 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Try to find Song of the South online or in any video retailer. You can’t buy it

Bought a copy overseas on the internet and wouldn't trade it for anything. A wonderful, sensitive film about the South with songs that stick in your mind forever.

Maybe Freepers can also get one overseas like I did.

36 posted on 05/09/2014 7:25:58 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: luvbach1

I don’t think you can get old Stepin Fetchit movies either. Someone can correct me if I’m wrong.

I remember a few years ago, a cable movie channel was going to show old Charlie Chan movies, and there were such protests from the liberals, that they decided to cancel their plans for a film festival of the old Charlie Chan detective movies.

What gets me about this, is that nowadays, we see so much blatant and open sexual content, some of which is offensive, in my opinion. Yet we are not seeing some older movies and TV shows, which the liberals find offensive. If being offensive is a key criterion, then it appears that being offensive to the liberals overrides everything else. Something which is offensive due to sexual content, offending religions, etc. is okay in modern Hollywood.


37 posted on 05/09/2014 7:26:43 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: jiggyboy

“Well, it got so that every piss-ant prairie punk who thought he could shoot a gun would ride into town to try out the Waco Kid. I must have killed more men than Cecil B. DeMille. It got pretty gritty. I started to hear the word “draw” in my sleep. Then one day, I was just walking down the street when I heard a voice behind me say, “Reach for it, mister!” I spun around... and there I was, face to face with a six-year old kid. Well, I just threw my guns down and walked away. Little bastard shot me in the ass. So I limped to the nearest saloon, crawled inside a whiskey bottle... and I’ve been there ever since.”


38 posted on 05/09/2014 7:27:04 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (I'm not anti-government, government's anti-me.)
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To: unixfox

It’s true!


39 posted on 05/09/2014 7:27:56 AM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: unixfox; All
"Funniest movie ever made."
Ditto that..his other productions, were classics, too.
Young Frankenstein & The Producers
and then there is, Spaceballs and a satire
of Hitchcock's Psycho (about Democrats)

40 posted on 05/09/2014 7:29:45 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? :-)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I met Cleavon on a number of occasion one of the nicest and humblest kinda guy ever, yes 53 far too young


41 posted on 05/09/2014 7:30:28 AM PDT by al baby (Hi MomÂ…)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Do you not have TCM where you live? They have Charlie Chan movies. Stepin Fetchit never starred in movies and I know I've seen him in small roles in movies that are shown on TCM. Most Charlie Chan movies are shown very early in the morning - that's when they show early 20th century films.

This is why my husband and I have at least 500 movies on dvd. We fear the coming censorship.

42 posted on 05/09/2014 7:31:41 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: moehoward

Oy! The rumors I could tell you about Dom! Still, he was very funny and wrote some really good cookbooks, lol.


43 posted on 05/09/2014 7:33:10 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: dfwgator

LOL!! I love that line.


44 posted on 05/09/2014 7:37:02 AM PDT by mothball
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To: Cincinatus

I agree. I am always amazed when someone goes on and on about the “genius” of Mel Brooks’ facile, forced humor.


45 posted on 05/09/2014 7:38:20 AM PDT by golux
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To: Sideshow Bob
Surely, you can't be serious.

I see what you did there.

46 posted on 05/09/2014 7:39:02 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: skinkinthegrass
Ditto that..

"Ditto?! Ditto, you provincial putz?!"

47 posted on 05/09/2014 7:41:01 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: rktman

Love at First Bite is another hillarious, politically incorrect movie that you’d better grab.


48 posted on 05/09/2014 7:41:48 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: unixfox
Among the reasons why Blazing Saddles is so funny and quotable is that Richard Pryor wrote much of the dialogue. And yes, some of the bits are juvenile and the humor is scatological, but only the overly-sensitive and overly serious cannot help from laughing out loud at so many of the film's gags.

Howard Johnson's 1 Flavor.

And then there's the church hymn...."There's no avoiding this conclusion.....our town is turning into......"

49 posted on 05/09/2014 7:42:30 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: Sideshow Bob

Agree that “Airplane” is one of the funniest movies ever.


50 posted on 05/09/2014 7:45:23 AM PDT by traderrob6
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