Back to John Calley: 5 Great Movies
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The controversial comedy was almost too controversial for Warner Bros. -- studio executives were wary of the flagrant use of the n-word, as well as the famous campfire flatulence scene. Said Calley to EW in 2000: "Some of the people within the studio were very disapproving and critical of it.'' Thankfully, not disapproving enough to squash the seminal comedy; 'Blazing Saddles' grossed almost $120 million during its wildly successful theatrical run.