Friday, February 18, 2011

Classic Film Friday: Blazing Saddles

When I think of funny, this has got to be up there near the top. Maybe it is the fact that every conceivable stereotype is used and obviously made fun of along the way. Basically set in  1874 in the town of Rock Ridge. A railroad needs to run right though it... but all of the citizens must be run out of town first.

Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) is the evil, corrupt attorney attempting to get Rock Ridge on the cheap, Taggart (Slim Pickens) is his henchman... but he needs the people out now. So he contrives a plan with Governor William J. LePetomane (Mel Brooks) to send Bart (Cleavon Little), a black railroad worker to be the sheriff of Rock Ridge... thinking the people will up and leave, rather than have a black man as the leader of the town.

His plan pretty much backfires, and we are given one of the best movies ever. Bart along with Jim (Gene Wilder), "The Waco Kid", Lili von Shtupp (Madeline Kahn), and Mongo (Alex Karras) team up along with the citizenry of Rock Ridge to save the town... and it kind of spirals downhill quickly after that. This is not a movie for the kids, but it is so funny, you'll find a reason to put the kids to bed early.

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