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Blazing Saddles Rated 12A

Blazing Saddles

Dir. Mel Brooks. USA, 1974. 1h 29m. Starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks, Burton Gilliam.

Deliriously anarchic comedy that brilliantly spoofs cowboy films and skewers racial bigotry. A corrupt political boss appoints a black sheriff as part of his plan to bulldoze the town to make way for the railroad.

Cinema owner Becky Hallsmith says: 'More than 40 years later, just choosing the picture to use in the programme has had me laughing out loud at remembered gags. My favourite scene? “Candy-gram for Mongo”'

’Its genius, then and now, was the manner in which director Mel Brooks and his writers turned a broad Western spoof into what was, for its time, a revolutionary satire of race relations.’ Jason Bailey, Flavourwire

’It's tough to beat as an outrageously phlegmy deposit in Hollywood's spittoon.’ Jonathan Crocker, Film4

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