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Wild Wild West (1999)

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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.


Barry Sonnenfeld


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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


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 doesn't get any wilder than this. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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 »


Box Office


$170,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Will Smith said that he knew the movie wasn't any good and he was embarrassed when it earned almost fifty million dollars in its opening weekend. Years later, Smith apologized publicly to Robert Conrad (star of the original television series) and said now that he was older and more experienced, he understood Conrad's anger and criticism of the film version, as well as Conrad's refusal to make a cameo appearance in it. See more »


When Gordon and West are having the argument in the valley, their magnetic collars are in different positions from shot to shot. See more »


[chased by flying, magnetic buzz-saw disks]
Artemus Gordon: The collars around our necks! They contain powerful magnets! As long as we can outrun the blades, we'll be fine!
Capt. James West: Gordon! How long does it take for a magnet to lose its power?
Artemus Gordon: About four hundred years!
Capt. James West: Damn!
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: The Worst Films of 1999 (2000) See more »


The Battle Hymn of the Republic
Music by William Steffe and lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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Entertainment at the lowest level possible
29 November 1999 | by Fox-18See all my reviews

Wild Wild West is about to come out on video tomorrow, and unfortunately, I can't recommend it. Somehow, I got fooled into thinking that a cool trailer and an A-list cast should automatically equate to a good time at the movies. Should you see Wild Wild West, you may be minimally entertained by it all, but everything will seem worse when looking back in hindsight. Of course, my expectations were fairly high for this movie, but looking back, even someone who craves mindless fun will be at least a little disappointed. There's a lot of easy flaws to spot, and they ultimately cannot be forgiven. Here it goes....

First of all, those expecting tightly-paced action will be shocked. The fight scenes seem tired and lifeless, and the "climax" is ridiculous. The saloon brawls are pretty dull, featuring nothing but people getting punched and/or shot, all without flair. Okay, so this might be fine if the action was campy (like in Sam Raimi's ARMY OF DARKNESS), but the laugh product is unfortunately low. There are a few chuckle-worthy moments, but most of the humor is forced, especially when looking back in hindsight. I suppose someone might find it funny when Will Smith repeatedly utters the line "that is a man's head" in several different tones, but it's the most obvious kind of forced comedy. Actually, Kenneth Branagh delivers more laughs than everyone else combined in a deliciously over-the-top performance, but it's still not enough. Finally, the music is completely forgettable and repetitive.

Sad to say, this is not one of Will Smith's finer moments. Given some ripe material (such as in MEN IN BLACK or ENEMY OF THE STATE), he can be a delight, but he's all wrong here. He stretches his character's comic attributes over the action ones, and much like the rest of the movie, he comes out forced. Kevin Kline does a decent job, but the whole "mismatched partners trying to get along" concept has been done SO many times that it's irritating.

Given my sheer volume of complaints here, some may wonder if it's possible to enjoy Wild Wild West. The answer is "yes," but this is one of those movies that's so forced (just take that word as a given from now on) that it's strictly BRING YOUR OWN FUN. You won't find much entertainment here, you have to force (sorry) yourself to have some if you want any. Oh, and here's an afterthought: I saw Will Smith's "Wild Wild West" music video, and it's actually better than the movie. What are the odds of something like that? MY RATING: * 1/2

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