06 October 2011

Blazing Saddles (1974)

Mel Brooks is a genius.  Here he tells the story of Bart (Cleavon Little), the sheriff hired to run Rock Ridge.  And by hired to run, I mean force the residents to leave Rock Ridge so the railroad can be run through the town.

Look at me trying to be all professional sounding with this movie.  Not gonna happen.  This is a Mel Brooks send up of the western movie genre.  Also starring Gene Wilder as the washed (in booze) up former gunslinger The Waco Kid and Harvey Korman and Hedley Lamarr.  Mel Brooks plays the govenor, a man with... other things on his mind.

Spawning a famous scene including beans, horse assault, and a collection of the most vile villains ever to be collected on screen, and numerous one liners, it also earned an Oscar nomination for Madeline Kahn.  Eventually all hell breaks loose, the movie smashes right through the fourth wall and comes to an epic conclusion.

A collection of my favorite lines:

Bart: Stampeding cattle
Lamarr: That's not much of a crime
Bart: Through the Vatican?
Lamarr: Kinky...

Reverend Johnson: We will now read from the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke (enter brick) and duck.

Reverend Johnson: Now I don't have to tell you good folks what's been happening in our beloved little town. Sheriff murdered, crops burned, stores looted, people stampeded, and cattle raped. The time has come to act, and act fast. I'm leaving. 

And that's all I've got folks.  Check it out if you've never seen it, and if you have, watch it again.

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