Some people often cite Jim Carrey‘s 1994 as the most successful year of anyone in Hollywood, and with good reason. With blockbuster hits Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, and Dumb & Dumber all being released during the same calendar year, you’d be hard-pressed to find a year that tops it. However, two decades earlier, Mel Brooks set the original standard, as the director of two blockbuster hits that were released within 10 months of each other, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
With Blazing Saddles (1974), Brooks proved that parody and satirical movies could be successful in Hollywood again. Grossing $119.5 million on a budget of only $2.6 million, it’s largely responsible for the genre’s re-birth. A few short years later, directors like David Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and Jerry Zucker would find success into the 1980’s with Airplane!, Police Squad!, and others, but Blazing Saddles will forever be the trailblazer, and perhaps the gold standard. (Experience Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles on Digital HD.)
Starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder, Brooks’ satirical take on racial prejudice set within the confines of a Hollywood Western received nominations for three different Academy Awards, and is currently ranked as the No. 6 funniest movie of all time by the American Film Institute. It’s also one of the most easily-quoted movies ever. In fact, some lines have become such a part of our lexicon that it’s probably a safe bet that you’ve quoted the movie yourself, perhaps without even realizing it. So, with all that said, here are some of those lines.