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Wild Wild West (1999)

 -  Action | Western | Comedy  -  30 June 1999 (USA)
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The two best hired guns in the West must save President Grant from the clutches of a 19th century inventor-villain.

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Storyline

Jim West is a guns-a-blazing former Civil War hero. Artemus Gordon is an inventive U.S. Marshal who excels in disguise. When the United States is threatened by psychotic Confederate Arliss Loveless, President Ulysses Grant teams the duo up to bring him to justice. On a hazard-packed train journey from Washington D.C. to Utah, West and Gordon must combine their skills to best Loveless and his diabolical machines. Written by Chris Turner <theaten@earthlink.net> and J. Kyle

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It's a whole new west. July '99. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for action violence, sex references and innuendo | See all certifications »

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30 June 1999 (USA)  »

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As Loucas Aventuras de James West  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£2,487,176 (UK) (13 August 1999)

Gross:

$113,745,408 (USA) (1 October 1999)
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Trivia

The film underwent costly re-shoots in an attempt to inject some humor after it was found that test audiences weren't sure if it was supposed to be a comedy. See more »

Goofs

On the train when Rita comes in to say goodnight to Jim and Artemus, Jim is reclining on the couch with his hands behind his head. When he says goodnight to Rita, he takes his hat off. In the next shot, his hands are behind his head again. See more »

Quotes

[as the Tarantula approaches a small town]
Dr. Arliss Loveless: Mr. President, for the last time, sign the surrender, or I will decimate this town!
President Grant: You've had my answer.
Dr. Arliss Loveless: Well, I understand your position, sir, but I urge you to reconsider, in light of the following!
[opens fire]
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Referenced in Norm: Norm vs. Fear (2000) See more »

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Wild Wild West
Written by Stevie Wonder, Will Smith, Mohandas Dewese
Performed by Will Smith featuring Dru Hill and Kool Mo Dee
Includes samples from "I Wish"
Performed by Stevie Wonder
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This Movie Was A Mistake
21 August 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I think this movie was a mistake. Will Smith was miscast as the lead. Kenneth Branaugh gave an over the top performance. The rest of the cast performed adequately. However, overall the production was overdone. There were a few amusing moments and amazingly, the film made over $199 million dollars worldwide.

I wondered why some of the users made such scathing comments about the lead, Will Smith. It seems that the protestations were overly vehement and even offensive. I find too often this is the typical response to TV comedians making the transition to film. I think TV comedians get a bad rap when making the transition to film.

Anyway, although I agree that the film is lacking in many respects, there is no need to bash the lead, namely Will Smith, who has proven that he is growing as an actor.


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