A Western spoof that centers around the hilarious community of a railroad town. Determined to steal the land, the corrupt Hedley Lemarr makes the town inlivable. A newly appointed black sheriff challenges his authority.
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Mel Brooks' classic parody of the western genre still works wonders as a satire on racial stereotyping. The wacky, unpredictable and endlessly quotable screenplay is the star of the show while Gene Wilder and Cleavon Little give good performances. It's not exactly high brow, but you can't fault Brooks for his originality and sly sense of wit.
Also this film gets the award for 'Best Horse Punch in any film ever.'
Mel Brooks is by far one of the most gifted comedic geniuses in cinematic history. This film is classified as the "ultimate western spoof" and equally one of the most brilliant satires since -- sadly a film like this couldn't get made these days unless you go outside the 'system' like perhaps Gibson did with Passion and Apocalypto. If you haven't seen this film it is a must. Period. Staggeringly funny and biting.
Somewhat predictable parody of Western movies, spoofing the most common themes of the genre. Below the surface, however, great chemistry between Wilder and Little, parody more sublime than might seem at first, and a screenplay featuring some of director's wittiest quips.
As part of my tiny Mel Brooks marathon this week, I also got to watch it. Maybe I would've loved it much more had I watched it as a kid, because I feel it really worked if you were under-16 or just lived in the 80's/90's. But I can still appreciate a lot of it, specially the amazing Cleavon Little. And that ending. What an ending.