Blazing Saddles Quotes

Thursday, August 11 by D. Michaels

We’ve seen some odd lists of great movies before, but it seems that some fans are now collecting lists of “Blazing Saddles” quotes for themselves and their friends. Don’t get us wrong, we love “Blazing Saddles.” It was one of the last truly great politically incorrect movies made by the great Mel Brooks and the best old west parody ever made, but collecting a list of the best lines? There were just so many that it’s hard to pick out the ones deserving special mention, but here we go.

  1. “What's a dazzling urbanite like you doing in a rustic setting like this?” –The Cisco Kid to Bart. This “Blazing Saddles” quote marks the first time Jim, The Cisco Kid (Gene Wilder) meets new Sheriff Bart (Cleavon Little) as Bart strolls into his new office and sees a passed out gunslinger just wake up from his sleep and wonder what the hell is going on. It’s the start of a beautiful friendship.
  2. “What did you expect? ’Welcome sonny,’ ‘Make yourself at home,’ ‘Marry my daughter.’ You've got to remember, that these are just simple farmers, these are people of the land, the common clay of the new west. You know. . . morons.” –The Cisco Kid to Bart. Jim is probably the only friend Sheriff Bart has in town, so when even the kindly old spinster is rude to him, Bart needs a quick pick-me-up from the only prisoner in town and an explanation that simply being polite to the townsfolk isn’t going to win him any friends in this “Blazing Saddles” quote.
  3. Lamarr: “My mind is a raging torrent, flooded with rivulets of thought, cascading into a waterfall of creative alternatives.” Taggart: “Gal-darnit, Mr. Lamarr, you use your tongue prettier than a 20-dollar whore.” Fans wouldn’t ordinarily associate Slim Pickens with slapstick comedy, but pair him with director/writer Mel Brooks and comedian Harvey Korman and he’s one of the best things about this movie. Pickens plays Taggart, a racist work boss who is so utterly incompetent at virtually everything that it’s doubtful he can walk and chew gum at the same time.
  4. 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.” This “Blazing Saddles” quote is a little further into the same conversation between Lamarr and Taggart as they try to put together a plan that will cause the residents of Rock Ridge to flee their homes and the town so that Lamarr and his men can flatten it and build train tracks through the area.
  5. “I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists.” – Hedley Lamarr. Lamarr, frustrated that all of his plans have failed, is now ready to use brute force to get his way and is instructing Taggart in this “Blazing Saddles” quote just who he wants to inflict his reign of terror upon the town. Having never been to church we had no idea that Methodists were so scary.
  6. “Men, you are about to embark on a great crusade to stamp-out runaway decency in the west. Now, you will only be risking your lives, whilst I will be risking an almost certain Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.” – Hedley Lamarr to gang of thugs. Harvey Korman was, without a doubt, the king of camp comedy and Brooks took advantage of that by giving Korman a whole lot of juicy lines to work with. This represents Korman’s inspiration speech to his men before they go off to battle the townsfolk (and when all hell breaks loose).

- Mark Dodson

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