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(The Hollywood Reporter)   It's twue, it's twue, it's twue! "Blazing Saddles" was released on this day in 1974, here's one of the original reviews   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line
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2019-02-07 12:52:48 PM  
The language is definitely R-rated but it never becomes offensive.

How times have changed.
 
2019-02-07 01:03:31 PM  
I am old. I saw Blazing Saddles in the theater when it first came out.  It was my first R-rated movie--I wasn't old enough to go to an R-rated movie without a "parent or guardian," so my dad took me.  But before he would agree to take me, my mom and dad went to see it first, to make sure that it would be something that would be OK for the delicate ears and eyes of their young teenage boy, and obviously they thought it was. The next day after their preview of the movie, my dad said that his sides were still hurting because he laughed so much, and I thought he was bullshiatting me, but after seeing the movie I understood that he was telling me the truth.  I'm pretty sure that, to this day, I've never laughed harder at any movie than I did at that one.
 
2019-02-07 01:06:50 PM  

Spectrum: The language is definitely R-rated but it never becomes offensive.

How times have changed.


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Yeah....
 
2019-02-07 01:09:23 PM  
Holy crap!  I had no idea Alex Karras was Mongo!  LOL.
 
2019-02-07 01:58:55 PM  
And thus my crush on Madeline Kahn was born.
 
2019-02-07 02:00:38 PM  
In order to defeat or deal with racism. you have to actually confront racism head on. Humor is often a Great way to do that. Blazing Saddles is tinged with social humor just like all of Mel Brooks' other movies.

Look at us here. How do we deal with f*cked up things? Humor. It's an important part of the process. I hope the younger generation understand that and doesn't just go:

OMG WHAT A RACIST MOVIE!

It's not. It's really not.
 
2019-02-07 02:09:21 PM  

NewportBarGuy: In order to defeat or deal with racism. you have to actually confront racism head on. Humor is often a Great way to do that. Blazing Saddles is tinged with social humor just like all of Mel Brooks' other movies.

Look at us here. How do we deal with f*cked up things? Humor. It's an important part of the process. I hope the younger generation understand that and doesn't just go:

OMG WHAT A RACIST MOVIE!

It's not. It's really not.


NewportBarGuy Johnson is right!
 
2019-02-07 02:09:32 PM  
It took me until 2014 to get the "Mongo, Santa Maria!" joke.
 
2019-02-07 02:11:22 PM  

Cyberluddite: NewportBarGuy: In order to defeat or deal with racism. you have to actually confront racism head on. Humor is often a Great way to do that. Blazing Saddles is tinged with social humor just like all of Mel Brooks' other movies.

Look at us here. How do we deal with f*cked up things? Humor. It's an important part of the process. I hope the younger generation understand that and doesn't just go:

OMG WHAT A RACIST MOVIE!

It's not. It's really not.

NewportBarGuy Johnson is right!


Cyberluddite Johnson is right about NewportBarGuy Johnson being right!
 
2019-02-07 02:11:47 PM  

Spectrum: The language is definitely R-rated but it never becomes offensive.

How times have changed.


It's still not offensive if you get what Mel Brooks was doing.
 
2019-02-07 02:14:54 PM  
FTA: Unfortunately, he has overindulged himself in the broad comedy of the final scenes and lessens the effect of the film somewhat by allowing the climactic fight to spread throughout Burbank Studios, onto a soundstage where a musical production number is being rehearsed, into the commissary and ending in the forecourt of the Chinese Theatre.

Hey! Spoilers!
 
2019-02-07 02:15:05 PM  
Depending on the day, it is either 1st or second funniest movie ever made.
 
2019-02-07 02:15:25 PM  

buckeyebrain: Cyberluddite: NewportBarGuy: In order to defeat or deal with racism. you have to actually confront racism head on. Humor is often a Great way to do that. Blazing Saddles is tinged with social humor just like all of Mel Brooks' other movies.

Look at us here. How do we deal with f*cked up things? Humor. It's an important part of the process. I hope the younger generation understand that and doesn't just go:

OMG WHAT A RACIST MOVIE!

It's not. It's really not.

NewportBarGuy Johnson is right!

Cyberluddite Johnson is right about NewportBarGuy Johnson being right!


Buckeyebrain Johnson is right. A movie that throws shade on people being racist isn't a racist movie.
 
2019-02-07 02:16:22 PM  

Thosw: It took me until 2014 to get the "Mongo, Santa Maria!" joke.


There really needs to be an annotated version of Blazing Saddles that has commentary to explain all the jokes that haven't aged particularly well and that audiences 45 years later wouldn't get so easily.

It's an incredibly funny movie, but it's clear many of the jokes are rooted in cultural references that didn't survive well into the 21st century.
 
2019-02-07 02:17:08 PM  
Saw it the day it came out, at Lenox Square Theater here in Atlanta. We laughed so hard, we sat through it twice. Alcohol was involved as well.
 
2019-02-07 02:19:01 PM  

NewportBarGuy: In order to defeat or deal with racism. you have to actually confront racism head on. Humor is often a Great way to do that. Blazing Saddles is tinged with social humor just like all of Mel Brooks' other movies.

Look at us here. How do we deal with f*cked up things? Humor. It's an important part of the process. I hope the younger generation understand that and doesn't just go:

OMG WHAT A RACIST MOVIE!

It's not. It's really not.



Outside of the tumblristas and twitterverse, they don't.

The longevity of South Park and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as well as the box office of movies like Django Unchained (which is so similar to Blazing Saddles in some respects it might as well be a remake) indicate that people still understand context and nuance.
 
2019-02-07 02:21:07 PM  

Thosw: It took me until 2014 to get the "Mongo, Santa Maria!" joke.


William J. LePetomaine approves
 
2019-02-07 02:23:55 PM  

cob2f: buckeyebrain: Cyberluddite: NewportBarGuy: In order to defeat or deal with racism. you have to actually confront racism head on. Humor is often a Great way to do that. Blazing Saddles is tinged with social humor just like all of Mel Brooks' other movies.

Look at us here. How do we deal with f*cked up things? Humor. It's an important part of the process. I hope the younger generation understand that and doesn't just go:

OMG WHAT A RACIST MOVIE!

It's not. It's really not.

NewportBarGuy Johnson is right!

Cyberluddite Johnson is right about NewportBarGuy Johnson being right!

Buckeyebrain Johnson is right. A movie that throws shade on people being racist isn't a racist movie.


Thank you, cob2f.
 
2019-02-07 02:25:01 PM  
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2019-02-07 02:25:18 PM  

NewportBarGuy: In order to defeat or deal with racism. you have to actually confront racism head on. Humor is often a Great way to do that. Blazing Saddles is tinged with social humor just like all of Mel Brooks' other movies.

Look at us here. How do we deal with f*cked up things? Humor. It's an important part of the process. I hope the younger generation understand that and doesn't just go:

OMG WHAT A RACIST MOVIE!

It's not. It's really not.


This. It is sad how stupid most people are these days, or at least the noisiest ones.
 
2019-02-07 02:25:59 PM  

Another Government Employee: Depending on the day, it is either 1st or second funniest movie ever made.


Competing with Young Frankenstein and the original The Producers, IMHO.
 
wee
2019-02-07 02:26:11 PM  

Cyberluddite: NewportBarGuy Johnson is right!


Reverend!
 
2019-02-07 02:26:28 PM  

Snapper Carr: NewportBarGuy: In order to defeat or deal with racism. you have to actually confront racism head on. Humor is often a Great way to do that. Blazing Saddles is tinged with social humor just like all of Mel Brooks' other movies.

Look at us here. How do we deal with f*cked up things? Humor. It's an important part of the process. I hope the younger generation understand that and doesn't just go:

OMG WHAT A RACIST MOVIE!

It's not. It's really not.


Outside of the tumblristas and twitterverse, they don't.

The longevity of South Park and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as well as the box office of movies like Django Unchained (which is so similar to Blazing Saddles in some respects it might as well be a remake) indicate that people still understand context and nuance.


Yeah, please NOBODY think that Tumblr and Twitter are representative of current social norms.
 
2019-02-07 02:29:23 PM  

Snapper Carr: Thosw: It took me until 2014 to get the "Mongo, Santa Maria!" joke.

William J. LePetomaine approves


THAT one I knew.
 
2019-02-07 02:30:14 PM  
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BLAZING SADDLES THREAD!
 
2019-02-07 02:31:41 PM  

wejash: Another Government Employee: Depending on the day, it is either 1st or second funniest movie ever made.

Competing with Young Frankenstein and the original The Producers, IMHO.


wejash: Another Government Employee: Depending on the day, it is either 1st or second funniest movie ever made.

Competing with Young Frankenstein and the original The Producers, IMHO.


LOVE Young Frankentein.  Of course half the fun is watching the actors trying not to laugh...
 
2019-02-07 02:31:54 PM  

Cooper420: Spectrum: The language is definitely R-rated but it never becomes offensive.

How times have changed.

It's still not offensive if you get what Mel Brooks was doing.


I (three years shy of 40) work with several guys under 30, none of whom had seen Blazing Saddles.

Until about 4 months ago, when we decided to have a movie night at work (after hours, of course; good thing this place goes dead at 530) - I was SUPER paranoid about it, even after I got assurances from my boss and the PM, and ensured no one was near the conference room when we started. My boss and the PM thought it was hysterical I even asked ("It's BLAZING SADDLES, dude, everyone loves it!"), but all it takes is someone hearing one out-of-context line and I'm hauled in front of HR.

Anyway, rousing success and everyone in attendance IMMEDIATELY got the joke.

// and I still have my job, and could not tell you who our HR person is
 
2019-02-07 02:32:09 PM  
Contemporary reviews of now-classic movies are a hoot. Roger Ebert's initial review of "The Jerk" is particularly obsessed with a hat that Steve Martin wears in one six-second scene.
 
2019-02-07 02:32:29 PM  

Snapper Carr: NewportBarGuy: In order to defeat or deal with racism. you have to actually confront racism head on. Humor is often a Great way to do that. Blazing Saddles is tinged with social humor just like all of Mel Brooks' other movies.

Look at us here. How do we deal with f*cked up things? Humor. It's an important part of the process. I hope the younger generation understand that and doesn't just go:

OMG WHAT A RACIST MOVIE!

It's not. It's really not.


Outside of the tumblristas and twitterverse, they don't.

The longevity of South Park and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia as well as the box office of movies like Django Unchained (which is so similar to Blazing Saddles in some respects it might as well be a remake) indicate that people still understand context and nuance.


Blazing Saddles CSB:

In the Navy they show random movies over the TV system after working hours until Taps. So one day we're in the berthing lounge area and Blazing Saddles comes on. I was too young to have seen it in theatres just at home on VHS. Apparently others there were like me and had never seen it in 'mixed company', so one guy turns to the African American guys in the room and asks if it's okay to watch Blazing Saddles. The reply was 'oh hell yeah, contrary to popular belief we (apparently meaning the Royal We) love this movie. It shows how stupid racist people are'.
 
2019-02-07 02:33:15 PM  
That article read like authentic frontier gibberish.
 
2019-02-07 02:33:52 PM  
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2019-02-07 02:36:00 PM  
THIS is why Mel Brooks will always be the greatest of all time

Mel Brooks Had A Very Musical World War II - CONAN on TBS
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2019-02-07 02:36:52 PM  
My all time favorite movie!
 
2019-02-07 02:38:10 PM  

wejash: Another Government Employee: Depending on the day, it is either 1st or second funniest movie ever made.

Competing with Young Frankenstein and the original The Producers, IMHO.


I can never decide if Young Frankenstein or the Blues Brothers is my favorite movie. I fell in love/lust with Terri Garr when I saw Young Frankenstein though
 
2019-02-07 02:40:00 PM  

happydude45: wejash: Another Government Employee: Depending on the day, it is either 1st or second funniest movie ever made.

Competing with Young Frankenstein and the original The Producers, IMHO.

I can never decide if Young Frankenstein or the Blues Brothers is my favorite movie. I fell in love/lust with Terri Garr when I saw Young Frankenstein though


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2019-02-07 02:42:19 PM  

Hawk24: happydude45: wejash: Another Government Employee: Depending on the day, it is either 1st or second funniest movie ever made.

Competing with Young Frankenstein and the original The Producers, IMHO.

I can never decide if Young Frankenstein or the Blues Brothers is my favorite movie. I fell in love/lust with Terri Garr when I saw Young Frankenstein though

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Yes indeedy. Roll, roll, roll in the hay.....
 
2019-02-07 02:43:00 PM  
NO IRISH
 
2019-02-07 02:44:50 PM  
It wasn't intended as a musical, but if you want to pick a song I'd say the whole Campdown Races sequence was way ahead of "I'm tired"
 
2019-02-07 02:46:28 PM  
Baby, please, I am not from Havana!
 
2019-02-07 02:46:31 PM  

mjjt: It wasn't intended as a musical, but if you want to pick a song I'd say the whole Campdown Races sequence was way ahead of "I'm tired"


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2019-02-07 02:46:39 PM  

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"Hello boys!"
 
2019-02-07 02:49:01 PM  

cob2f: buckeyebrain: Cyberluddite: NewportBarGuy: In order to defeat or deal with racism. you have to actually confront racism head on. Humor is often a Great way to do that. Blazing Saddles is tinged with social humor just like all of Mel Brooks' other movies.

Look at us here. How do we deal with f*cked up things? Humor. It's an important part of the process. I hope the younger generation understand that and doesn't just go:

OMG WHAT A RACIST MOVIE!

It's not. It's really not.

NewportBarGuy Johnson is right!

Cyberluddite Johnson is right about NewportBarGuy Johnson being right!

Buckeyebrain Johnson is right. A movie that throws shade on people being racist isn't a racist movie.


Cob2f Johnson is right.

I think this movie is a great example of how to make fun of something inherently awful.
 
2019-02-07 02:49:34 PM  

Silverstaff: Thosw: It took me until 2014 to get the "Mongo, Santa Maria!" joke.

There really needs to be an annotated version of Blazing Saddles that has commentary to explain all the jokes that haven't aged particularly well and that audiences 45 years later wouldn't get so easily.

It's an incredibly funny movie, but it's clear many of the jokes are rooted in cultural references that didn't survive well into the 21st century.


It's more that they've long since stopped making the cliche-ridden John Wayne type Westerns that were staples of the 1950's. So post BB kids don't recognize what is being satirised
 
2019-02-07 02:52:36 PM  

Thosw: It took me until 2014 to get the "Mongo, Santa Maria!" joke.


It was only a few years ago that I got the "a laurel, and hearty handshake" joke.
 
2019-02-07 02:53:14 PM  
I have a friend who is the director of a local high school show choir. He told me that when teaching choreography to the males, he has often wanted to use Dom Deluise's "Watch me fa%%@s" line from Blazing Saddles. So far, he has resisted the temptation.

However, he HAS used, "Black guys...help the white guys," from Stripes.
 
2019-02-07 02:54:05 PM  

Hawk24: mjjt: It wasn't intended as a musical, but if you want to pick a song I'd say the whole Campdown Races sequence was way ahead of "I'm tired"

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WHAT IN THE WIDE, WIDE WORLD O' SPORTS IS-A GOIN' ON IN THIS THREAD?!
 
2019-02-07 02:54:48 PM  
Buncha Methodists, the lot of ya.
 
2019-02-07 02:58:07 PM  
Blazing Saddles has a shiatty ending. There, I said it. It's like everyone said, 'fark it, we want to go home now'.
 
2019-02-07 02:58:30 PM  
I don't know if this was just on the TV edit (I need to pop the DVD in and check), but watching it the other day on AMC, I noticed that the incidental music leading to Lili von Schtup's first appearance was, Springtime For Hitler. It's something I never caught before.
 
wee
2019-02-07 03:01:42 PM  

Shakes999: NO IRISH


Awww, prairie shiat. Everybody!
 
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