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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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Barry Sonnenfeld

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Jim Thomas (story), John Thomas (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ... James West
Kevin Kline ... Artemus Gordon / President Grant
Kenneth Branagh ... Dr. Arliss Loveless
Salma Hayek ... Rita Escobar
M. Emmet Walsh ... Coleman
Ted Levine ... General McGrath
Frederique Van Der Wal ... Amazonia (as Frederique van der Wal)
Musetta Vander ... Munitia
Sofia Eng ... Miss Lippenrieder
Bai Ling ... Miss East
Garcelle Beauvais ... Girl In Water Tower
Mike H. McGaughy Mike H. McGaughy ... Big Reb (as Mike McGaughy)
Jerry Wills Jerry Wills ... Other Reb
Rodney A. Grant ... Hudson
Buck Taylor ... Eye-Crossed Reb
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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 S 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 doesn't get any wilder than this. See more »


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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 June 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Loucas Aventuras de James West See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,705,055, 4 July 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$113,805,681

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$222,105,681
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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The sequences on both Artemus Gordon's and Dr. Loveless' trains interiors were shot on sets at Warner Brothers Studios. The train exteriors were shot in Idaho on the Camas Prairie Railroad. The Wanderer is portrayed by the Baltimore & Ohio 4-4-0 No. 25, one of the oldest operating steam locomotives in the U.S. Built in 1856 at the Mason Machine Works in Taunton, Massachusetts, it was later renamed The "William Mason" in honor of its manufacturer. During pre-production, the engine was sent to the steam shops at the Strasburg Railroad for restoration and repainting. The locomotive is brought out for the B&O Train Museum in Baltimore's "Steam Days". See more »

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The same grocery store can plainly be seen burning in the old village and, in the next scene, getting blown up for the second time. See more »

Quotes

President Grant: Gentlemen, you'll be happy to know that I'm starting a new agency, whose sole purpose is the protection of the President. Welcome to the Secret Service, Agents Number One, and Number Two.
Artemus Gordon: Thank you, Mr. President.
[pause]
Artemus Gordon: Sir, if you don't mind my asking, which of us is Number One and which is Number Two?
President Grant: I don't think that really matters, Gordon, do you?
Artemus Gordon: Not if you don't, sir.
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Not quite enjoyable...
4 February 2000 | by XophianicSee all my reviews

I like Will Smith and his movies. I enjoyed ENEMY OF THE STATE, INDEPENDENCE DAY and even MEN IN BLACK. So I watched WILD WILD WEST for tradition's sake, I guess you can say. It was 1999's July 4 Will Smith hit. I am positive that this is the worst I have ever seen Will Smith in. I tried to enjoy this movie, and at parts I did, but most of it was lame and not very enjoyable, I'm sorry to say.

Dr. Arliss Loveless, (Kenneth Branagh) a confederate rich bad guy is trying to sell parts of the USA to the highest bidding countries, using his giant machines of destruction (walking mechanicals spiders and stuff) to take hostage of President Ulysses S. Grant (Kevin Kline). The two best agents the U.S. Government has, James West (Will Smith) and Artemus Gordon (also Kevin Kline) are sent to stop Loveless and save the president, as well as the country. West also has a personal score to settle with Loveless, since he was responsible for the death of his parents. The beautiful Rita Escobar (Salma Hayek) tags along to try and save her father, who is also being held hostage by Loveless. She attracts the eye of Gordan and West.

The acting jobs in this are fair, but the writing spoils it. The gorgeous Salma Hayek is underplayed, and her character is pretty much pointless except to have a good-looking girl in the movie. Both Will Smith and Kevin Kline do fairly good jobs acting, but the characters are too boring to enjoy. I'm not sure if Kenneth Branagh or the writing is responsible for the incredible stupid and annoying Dr. Loveless.

This movie is very similar to Men in Black, only less modern and on a smaller scale. (save the country, not the planet) Another big difference between the two was that Men in Black was more fun, cooler, and had better characters, villains and gadgets (not to mention Tommy Lee Jones). If you are in the movie for a Will Smith movie, go rent ENEMY OF THE STATE. If you're in the movie for a lighter Will Smith movie, go rent MEN IN BLACK. I'd try to avoid WILD WILD WEST, but give it a try if you like.


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