YMMV: Blazing Saddles


  • Acceptable Ethnic Targets: Mexican and Arab bandits. 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!). Oddly enough, the Camp Gay dancers get this treatment, but the apparently Straight Gay cowboy who hooks up with one does not.note 
  • Acceptable Political Targets: Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan.
  • Award Snub: Lampshaded. Hedley did risk that Academy Award nomination after all…
  • Awesome Music: The goddamn title theme. Frankie Laine was unaware that the film was a comedy, so he sang it as if it was for a genuine western. Mel didn't have the heart to tell him the truth.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Let's just say it crosses the line so often it might as well be a game of Ping Pong.
  • Ear Worm: The Theme Tune, Lily Von Shtupp's "I'm Tired" and the musical number "The French Mistake".
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Mongo
  • "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 considering Madeline Kahn later 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.
  • Funny Moments: 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.
  • 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."note 
      RANDOLPH SCOTT!
    • "Ah, yes, the Doctor Gillespie Killings. Well, do your best." This is a reference to a 1940s movie serial series, 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 cinemas for thirty years, it's a hell of an obscure joke.
  • Genre-Killer: It was quite a while before anybody took The Western seriously again.
    • Although the genre had already been on its way out for about a decade at that point.
  • 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.
    • The name Bart is now inextricably associated with The Simpsons, making watching the film a bit weirder than even Brooks intended.
  • Memetic Mutation: Mongo only pawn in game of life.
  • Misblamed: This film has, as of The New Tens, suddenly taken a lot of flak from audiences because they thought the constant use of the N-word was promoting racism. In actuality, the racist speech is used to illustrate how stupid racism is.
    • In 2015, this movie was trotted out by a commenter on Gawker during the Ridiculous 6 controversy, trying to compare the two as equally racist. Evidently the commenter did not understand the concept of satire.
  • 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 Blazing Saddles was extremely financially successful from the start, but it was derided by critics of the era as crude and dumb, while today it is considered one of the greatest comedies ever made… and one of the better westerns.
    • It was ranked #6 on the AFI's "100 Years…" list of the best comedy films in the last 100 years.
    • Sadly, increasingly inverted. Mel Brooks has claimed that if he tried to make a movie like this today instead of in the mid-70's, they'd string him up, citing Political Correctness Gone Mad.
  • "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…