Blazing Saddles on VHS. Starring Cleavon Little, Gene Wilder, Slim Pickens, Harvey Korman, Madeline Kahn, Mel Brooks. With Alex Karras, David Huddleston, Liam Dunn, John Hillerman, George Furth, Dom DeLuise. Directed by Mel Brooks. 1974.
From the box:
Never Give A Saga An Even Break!
The railroad’s got to run through the town of Rock Ridge. How do you drive out the townfolk in order to steal their land? Send in the toughest gang you got… and name a new sheriff who’ll last about 24 hours.
But that’s not really what Blazing Saddles is about. Once Mel Brooks’ lunatic film — #6 on the American Film Institute’s List of all-time Top 100 Comedy Movies — gets started, logic is lost in a blizzard of gags, jokes, quips, puns, howlers, growlers and outrageous assaults on one’s funnybone.
Cleavon Little as the new lawman, Gene Wilder as the wacko Waco Kid, Brooks himself as a dimwitted governor, Harvey Korman as hissably corrupt Hedley Lamarr, Alex Karras as the bewildered Mongo and Madeline Kahn as saloon singer Lili Von Shtupp all give this sagebrush saga their lunatic best. And when Blazing Saddles can’t contain itself at the finale, it just proves the Old West will never be the same.
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Major Dundee on VHS. Starring Charlton Heston, Richard Harris, Senta Berger. With Jim Hutton, James Coburn, Michael Anderson Jr., Slim Pickens. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. 1965.
From the box:
Columbia Pictures Western Classics
Charlton Heston and Richard Harris are unwilling allies in director Sam Peckinpah’s spectacular Western adventure.
When Apaches massacre a U.S. cavalry troop in New Mexico, Major Dundee (Heston) assembles an army of cutthroats, renegades and Confederate prisoners led by his hated counterpart, Captain Tyreen (Harris). Dundee and his rebel band pursue the Indians into Mexico, where they battle the French army as well as murderous Apaches. Aiding a ravaged village, the men are honored with a fiesta, and the Major finds solace with beautiful Teresa Santiago (Senta Berger). But this idyll is only temporary. In an unforgettable climax, the two officers put aside their fierce rivalry and lead their troops to confront the French in a bloody showdown.
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JD and the Salt Flat Kid aka Smokey and the Good Time Outlaws on VHS. Starring Jesse Turner, Dennis Fimple, Slim Pickens. With Mickey Gilley, Gailard Sartain, Hope Summers, Marcie Barkin. Directed by Alexander Grasshoff. 1978.
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JD is a handsome and talented singer with a burning ambition to become famous, but the road to stardom isn’t easy. First, he’s got to find a way out of Texas. That becomes a whole lot easier when he’s fired from his job. Then, he’s got to get to Nashville. That isn’t so hard to do when he and his partner, the Salt Flat Kid, meet two beautiful girls along the way. Finally, he’s got to get a break. Now that’s not easy, but JD and his friends are ready, and the result is a hilarious adventure down a non-stop highway of quick cars, speeding romance and fast times!
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