Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous in its racial humor, this hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as the first black sheriff of a stunned town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad. Little and co-star Gene Wilder have great chemistry, and the delightful supporting cast includes Harvey Korman, Slim Pickens, and Madeline Kahn as a chanteuse modelled on Marlene Dietrich. As in Young Frankenstein (1974), Silent Movie (1976), and High Anxiety (1977), director/writer Mel Brooks gives a burlesque spin to a classic Hollywood movie genre; in his own manic, Borscht Belt way, Brooks was a central player in revising classic genres in light of Seventies values and attitudes, an effort most often associated with such directors as Robert Altman and Peter Bogdanovich . Some of this film's sequences, notably a gaseous bean dinner around a campfire, have become comedy classics.~Robert Firsching
All-New Featurette starring Mel Brooks:
blaze of glory: Mel Brooks' wild, wild west
Commentary by Mel Brooks
Back in the saddle vintage featurette
Black Bart: the 1975 pilot episode of the proposed TV series spinoff
A classic comedy that didn’t take itself or society too seriously. And no one was safe from the jokes and stereotypes in good fun! I’m surprised this hasn’t been targeted for cancellation by the boohoos yet. I’m sure it will be in time.