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
Scene-specific commentary by Mel Brooks
2 documentaries: Back in the Saddle, Intimate Portrait: Madeline Kahn (excerpt)
Black Bart: 1975 pilot episode of the proposed TV series spinoff
This crazy western film could only come from the great mind of Mel Brooks..there is some very great parts is when the people we waiting for the arrival of the black sheriff..The lookout man said. The sheriff is a bing..makes me laugh every them. And when the cowboys were sitting around the camp fire farting (I think one might have actually crap his pants).
Great film to own
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
Could not find in any stores. Found on Best Buy web site and price and delivery time was excellent. The original is rarely shown on TV anymore.