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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... James West
... Artemus Gordon / President Grant
... Dr. Arliss Loveless
... Rita Escobar
... Coleman
... General McGrath
... Amazonia (as Frederique van der Wal)
... Munitia
... Miss Lippenrieder
... Miss East
... Girl In Water Tower
Mike H. McGaughy ... Big Reb (as Mike McGaughy)
Jerry Wills ... Other Reb
... Hudson
... 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 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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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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The film bears significant resemblance to Batman: The Animated Series: Showdown (1995) featuring Jonah Hex. See more »

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In the first scene on the train, pushing the button at the back of the car led to a hammer coming down and the pool table turning over; the second time when West tells Artemis to push the button, it is obvious that no hammer came down. The button should have done the same thing both times. See more »

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Capt. James West: That's it, no more Mr. Knife guy.
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Referenced in Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #14.23 (2008) See more »

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe and lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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What a sad waste...
20 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

Back in the 60s, The Wild, Wild West, staring Robert Conrad and Russ Martin was one of the best shows of it's time, a interesting mixture of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Gadget Spy films, and light hearted satire. A favorite of mine, I've long enjoyed the show. So naturally, I was looking forward to the big screen adaption, even though it did star Will Smith (Sorry, Will, but you're no Robert Conrad.)

The movie had all the ingredients needed to make a good film: An excellent cast (Kevin Klein, Ken Branaugh, Selma Hayek, even Smith,) an excellent, proven director in Barry Sonnefeld, and a proven genre... Rather, it had all the ingredients that it needed except one... It had the worst script possible.

I've always been wary of any project that was written by committee, and this film is one project that proves why. The excellent cast, crew, and effects of this film were wasted on one of the worst screenplays I've ever seen. The clever (if pulp inspired) stories of the original series are replaced by tepid attempts at comedy which even Smith, who normally is very funny, can't pull off. Kenneth Branaugh succeeds at nothing other than managing to eat the scenery, unable to do anything else, since his lines are so bad. Klein is saddled with the role of Smith's straight man, something that he's just too damn funny to be. As for the effects, like I said, they were spectacular, but the problem is that they seem to be the 'be all and end all' of the movie, instead of working for the story (such as there was in this case.) The simple fact is that they overpower the film.

I guess, if you are a die hard Will Smith fan who has never seen the original series, you might like this one. But for fans of the old series, avoid it, and watch reruns, or else one of the two other shows in the genre, 'Legend' or 'The Adventures of Brisco County Junior.'


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