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Wild Wild West (1999)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi | 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 nineteenth-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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Budget:

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$36,434,750 (USA) (2 July 1999)

Gross:

$113,745,408 (USA) (1 October 1999)
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The characters of "Spike Guy" and "Knife Guy" were added to the movie and inserted into the climax after test audiences found the heroes fighting only Loveless' beauties to be very odd. See more »

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When Jim is trying to talk his way out of the hanging, the wide shots show him with the noose around his neck, somewhat restricting his movement. Close-up shots show him not only without the noose around his neck, but also standing freely, even casually gesturing. See more »

Quotes

[preparing to try their flying machine]
Artemus Gordon: Hold on. Avanti!
[the bicycle speeds forward]
Artemus Gordon: Avanti! Avanti!
Capt. James West: Why isn't this thing avanti-ing?
Artemus Gordon: We're not getting enough lift! We need more speed!
[He turns toward a cliff]
Capt. James West: Artie, that's a cliff!
Artemus Gordon: Yes, I know!
Capt. James West: That means the ground is gonna end!
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Wild Wild West
Written by Stevie Wonder, Will Smith, and 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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Two hours of your life that you will never get back
6 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

I generally avoid paying full price for first-run movie tickets because of this sort of drivel. Unfortunately, I let some friends talk me into making an exception, and I actually sat through this clunker. It was a hot July day, and the theater was well air-conditioned, which is all that prevented this experience from being a total waste of money.

An awful lot of acting talent was just thrown away in this movie. Will Smith can actually act, at least a little - see "Six Degrees Of Separation" for an example - but here he just plays "The Fresh Prince Wears A Cowboy Hat," which is probably all that's expected of him these days. Kevin Kline can be wonderfully goofy - see "A Fish Called Wanda" - or, if the script is bad enough, he can be the boring, two-dimensional caricature he is in this movie. Salma Hayek was great in "Fools Rush In," but in this movie, her big scene is showing the camera her naked butt. I'm not making this up. Why did she even agree to be a part of this train wreck? Strangely enough, Kenneth Branagh is in this movie (slumming I guess), filling his evil nemesis role out as well as can be expected - easily the best of a bunch of pretty weak performances. M Emmet Walsh plays a part so tiny that an extra could have done it.

This is a standard Hollywood mismatched-cop-partners/action movie at heart, but it can't even fill out that tired old formula worth a darn. The plots in movies of this kind are rarely worth discussing - rest assured that this one lives up to that standard, at least. The formula seems like it must be easy to get right - beat up a bad guy, make a smart remark, beat up another bad guy, etc, ad infinitum. But the fights should be exciting, and the one-liners should be funny. They aren't. It was painful to see a full theater unanimously refuse to even snicker at a jokes that the movie makers obviously thought would get belly laughs. According to the formula, the mismatched cop partners should eventually take a believable shine to each other, but these characters lack enough depth to have any chemistry at all.

My friends and I all enjoyed other movies of this sort when done properly (Lethal Weapon) and other Will Smith movies (The Fresh Prince Saves The Planet - uh, I mean Men In Black). Yet we all agreed that this stunk. I want my money back.


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