Blazing Saddles

93min. • R


Lark Theater Sun, Jan 12, 2020 4:30 PM
Lark Theater Tue, Jan 14, 2020 6:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Movie
Release Year:1974
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Mel Brooks
Cast:Cleavon Little
Gene Wilder
Harvey Korman
Madeline Kahn


In this satirical take on Westerns, crafty railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed in order to make way for a new railroad. Initially, the people of Rock Ridge harbor a racial bias toward their new leader. However, they warm to him after realizing that Bart and his perpetually drunk gunfighter friend (Gene Wilder) are the only defense against a wave of thugs sent to rid the town of its population.

As frenzied and eager to please as any Mel Brooks comedy, "Blazing Saddles"' defining characteristic is its willingness to poke fun at the normally taboo subject of racism.
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
Stands next to Young Frankenstein as Brooks' best movie, and, of course, boasts the god of all fart gags.
Adam Smith