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Wild Wild West (1999)

PG-13  |   |  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 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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Box Office

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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Will Smith turned down the lead role in The Matrix (1999) to star in this movie, being a fan of the television series. He later said this was the worst decision he made in his career. See more »

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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, 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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Yes, it's absolutely horrible (I'd have said it's a Vile Vile Mess, but I bet it's already been taken).
2 December 2002 | by See all my reviews

1 out of 10

Wow. I'd heard so many awful things about this movie. One ugly remark came rolling after another until the point that it'd pretty much taken its toll on me and I was sure I'd end up liking the movie just on the pure basis of the belief that it couldn't be that bad. It is that bad, and deserves every bit of the harsh criticism poured upon it. Wild Wild West is easily tied for the worst summer blockbuster I've seen in, well, possibly forever (the other one would be Tomb Raider). But at least it's still a smidgen better than Patch Adams.

What's the story? Will Smith and Kevin Kline (who have zero comic chemistry)(actually more like somewhere in the negatives, since they actually suck the fun out of the action) are secret service agents in the 1870's, trying to protect Ulysses S. Grant from a madman named Dr. Loveless (Kenneth Branagh, embarrassing himself to colossal extents). What we get is one of the most awfully unfunny movies in existence. As a matter of fact, what kept in my seat was wondering if the jokes could possibly get worse. And yes, they do. On a morbid level, there's some fascination to be had with what director Barry Sonnenfeld believes is good humor. The action's too sparse to ever be thrilling, the editing is incompetent (anybody else wonder how that one "indestructible" henchman suddenly met his demise at the end?), and the special effects MIGHT satisfy little kids. If you actually watch this movie in a crowd, it's the kind that induces blushes on whoever suggested watching this movie in the first place.


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