WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 AT 7:30PM | REGULAR ADMISSION PRICES
*This film will be shown at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E. River Road*
Vulgar, crude, and occasionally scandalous, Mel Brooks’ hilarious bad-taste spoof of Westerns, race relations and common decency, co-written by Richard Pryor, features Cleavon Little as Bart, the first black sheriff of a stunned, all-white frontier town scheduled for demolition by an encroaching railroad.
“It’s a crazed grab bag of a movie that does everything to keep us laughing except hit us over the head with a rubber chicken.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Teaming up with a recovering alcoholic gunslinger named The Waco Kid (played by Gene Wilder), the unlikely duo battles corrupt politicians, a philosophical assassin named Mongo and all manner of riff raff in their efforts to save the town and tame the Wild West. Featuring a goldmine of hilarious character actors in highly memorable supporting roles – Harvey Korman as Hedley Lamarr (“that’s Head-ley!”), Slim Pickens as Taggart, Mel Brooks as Gov. William J. Le Petomane, Dom DeLuise as Buddy Bizarre, and Oscar-nominee Madeline Kahn as the “Teutonic Titwillow,” Lilly von Shtupp – Blazing Saddles brought Brooks’ manic, freewheeling comedy to the classic Western genre, infusing it with pointed satire, lowbrow hijinks (the infamously gaseous campfire scene broke new ground for a mainstream studio film) and still-shocking, politically incorrect humor that would have made John Wayne cringe (in fact, Wayne turned down a role in the film, saying it was “too dirty.”). Thought by nervous studio executives to be too vulgar for American moviegoers, Blazing Saddles went on to become the highest-grossing film of the year, the biggest hit of Brooks’ career and a bona-fide comedy classic. (Dir. by Mel Brooks, 1974, USA, 93 mins., Rated R)