Blazing Saddles (1974)
BFI Comedy Genius at The Regal meets Wild West Wednesday.
We’re delighted that this screening of Blazing Saddles is part of the BFI Comedy Genius season – the UK’s greatest ever celebration of film and TV comedy.
To help you get the most out of the evening, the film will be introduced by the talented local comedian Andrew White from the Fordingbridge Comedy Club, informative and amusing programme notes will be provided, and expect appropriate decorations and drinks! Best of all, we know finances feel a little stretched after Christmas so, tickets are only £5!
Blazing Saddles is Mel Brook’s satirical take on Westerns. Brooks even said that he wanted to “use every Western cliché in the book and perhaps, if we were lucky, kill some of them in the process”.
Railroad worker Bart (Cleavon Little) becomes the first black sheriff of Rock Ridge, a frontier town about to be destroyed in order to make way for a new railroad.
Initially, the people of Rock Ridge harbor a racial bias towards their new leader. However, they soon warm to him after realizing that Bart and his perpetually drunk gunfighter friend (Gene Wilder) are the only defense against a wave of thugs sent to rid the town of its population.
“Stands next to Young Frankenstein as Brooks’ best movie” – EMPIRE ★★★★★