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YMMV: Blazing Saddles

  • Acceptable Ethnic Targets: Mexican and Arab bandits, though the film also takes Refuge in Audacity.
    • Blacks and East Asians too, to some degree, but then that's part of the joke.
      • References this attitude toward the Irish, although only one character seems to hold the view.
    • Once Acceptable Targets: Gays (and this is hardly the only Mel Brooks movie for which this is true!). Refuge in Audacity applies.
      • Oddly enough, the Camp Gay dancers get this treatment, but the apparently Straight Gay cowboy who hooks up with one does not.
  • Acceptable Political Targets: Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Award Snub: Lampshaded. Hedley did risk that Academy Award nomination after all...
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Line? What is this line you speak of?
    • Let's just say it Crosses the Line so often it might as well be a game of Ping Pong.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: It would take less time to list the scenes that don't qualify.
    • There's about 10 seconds of the movie about 9 minutes in. That's about it.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The goddamn title theme. Frankie Laine was unaware that the film was a comedy, so he came up with a song that could actually work for a genuine western.
  • Ear Worm: The Theme Tune, Lily Von Shtupp's "I'm Tired" and the musical number "The French Mistake".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: If you don't finish watching Blazing Saddles with Mongo as your favorite character, then you have no sense of humor.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: From the song "I'm Tired", the line "Let's face it. Everything below the waist is kaput!" is not as amusing since Madeline Kahn passed away from ovarian cancer.
    • Alex Karras, who played Mongo, suffered from dementia in his last few years. Puts a rather different spin on his act as The Ditz.
  • Genius Bonus:
    Taggart: I got it! I know how we can run everyone out of Rock Ridge.
    Hedley Lamarr: How?
    Taggart: We'll kill the first born male child in every household!
    Hedley Lamarr: [after some consideration] Too Jewish.
    • "Mongo! Santa Maria!" Mongo Santamaria was a famous jazz musician.
    • Governor Lepetomane: "Le Petomane" was the stage name of a French entertainer who was famous for being able to fart at will. It's not a coincidence that one of the most famous scenes in this movie is "cowboys farting after eating beans".
    • One would have to be a fan of old American movies to get the following:
    Olson Johnson: Our fathers came across the prairie! Fought Indians! Fought drought, fought locusts, fought Dix! Remember when Richard Dix came in here, and tried to take over this town!?
    • Similarly...
    "You'd do it for Randolph Scott." Scott was the Western hero for decades, but by the time this movie came out, he'd been retired and out of the public eye for ten years.
    • "Ah, yes, the Doctor Gillespie Killings. Well, do your best." This is a reference to a series of movies in the 1940s, and is basically the equivalent of joking Jessica Fletcher was the real killer in Murder, She Wrote. Considering by the time this movie came out those movies hadn't been in theaters for thirty years, it's a hell of an obscure joke.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight ("Funny Aneurysm" Moment?): This film got a lot of quoting online after the election of President Barack Obama, particularly the "Sheriff is near" scene.
    • Similarly, "MONGO STRAIGHT!" becomes (even more) hilarious when you see Alex Karras in "Victor/Victoria", where he decidedly isn't.
  • Memetic Mutation: Mongo only pawn in game of life.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Hangman, who got to reprise his role in Robin Hood: Men in Tights.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: The fart scene is supposed to be the first mainstream film fart joke but it comes off as trying too hard when it was actually pretty innovative.
  • Stop Helping Me!: At the film's climax, when the Waco Kid is trying to pull off an impossible shot, the preacher starts (loudly) praying for God to guide him. Thankfully, the other residents of Rock Ridge shut him up by beating him with their hats.
  • Vindicated by History: A variant as it was extremely successful from the start, but it was derided by critics as crude and dumb, while today it is considered one of the supreme comedy westerns of all.
    • Blazing Saddles was ranked #6 on the AFI's "100 Years..." list of the best comedy films in the last 100 years.
  • Weird Al Effect: Western movies.
    • Most of the people the various Johnsons in Rock Ridge are named after. Although Howard Johnson is still pretty well known for hotels.
    • Hedy Lamarr and Randolph Scott.
    • The whole "Stinking Badges" bit.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Didactic?: Well, if you can not laugh long enough to analyze it...


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