Skip to comments.'Blazing Saddles' Review: Buy a Copy Before the Left Burns Them All
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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Funniest movie ever made.
And...he offends everybody.
Next up, removing all reference from farting in the movie, why it contributes to green house gases of course....
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.
And don’t forget the part where he makes fun of the faggots.
Mongo merely pawn in game of life.
They said you was hung.
And they was right.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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?
“Alright, we’ll give some land to the n#ggers and the ch#inks.......But we don’t want the Irish.”
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!
Surely, you can't be serious.
Think of your secretary...
“What did he say?”
“He said the sheriff was near.”
Cleavon Little left us far too soon.
“Please baby, I am not from Havana.”
“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.
Great Review of a Movie from our favorite “Equal Opportunity Offender”!
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.
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.
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?
“When you were slaves, you sang like birds.”
No, thank you, ma’am. Fifteen is my limit on schitzengruben.
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.
In bed with the flu and just re-watched that movie. It is so funny!
And it does poke fun at everyone!!
"You brute! You brute! You vicious brute!"
My favorite movie of all time!
Oh Lawdy Lawd! He desp’ate! DO WHAT HE SAY! DO WHAT HE SAY!
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.
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.
“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.”
I met Cleavon on a number of occasion one of the nicest and humblest kinda guy ever, yes 53 far too young
This is why my husband and I have at least 500 movies on dvd. We fear the coming censorship.
Oy! The rumors I could tell you about Dom! Still, he was very funny and wrote some really good cookbooks, lol.
LOL!! I love that line.
I agree. I am always amazed when someone goes on and on about the “genius” of Mel Brooks’ facile, forced humor.
I see what you did there.
"Ditto?! Ditto, you provincial putz?!"
Love at First Bite is another hillarious, politically incorrect movie that you’d better grab.
Howard Johnson's 1 Flavor.
And then there's the church hymn...."There's no avoiding this conclusion.....our town is turning into......"
Agree that “Airplane” is one of the funniest movies ever.