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Why Mel Brooks Is More Memorable Than Vincent Canby: “Blazing Saddles”

Blazing_saddles_box_coverWhen Blazing Saddles first arrived in theaters not everyone was laughing.  Some film reviewers found it cheap; according to Vincent Canby of the New York Times, it was "full of desperate, bone-crushing efforts to be funny."  Ouch.  Learn to take a fart joke already.  Gag-hater!  The people have spoken and they love this film.  Roger Ebert got it.  In his 1974 review he acknowledged, "It’s an audience picture; it doesn’t have a lot of classy polish and its structure is a total mess. But of course! What does that matter while Alex Karras is knocking a horse cold with a right cross to the jaw?"

Let’s see what some regular folks are writing about the film these days:

“I have to start this by saying that this is one of the funniest movies of all time." —Amazon Member Review

"HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA" —BarnesandNoble.com customer review

"The title fit the movie because it was blazing." —Ebay user review

"Start the Bid! at $.99" —Ebay seller

Mel Brooks is laughing all the way to the bank.  The film was nominated for three Oscars and was selected for
preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
 Blazing Saddles is on AMC tonight at 8 p.m. EST | 7 C.

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