Wild Wild West

Wild Wild West

Barry Sonnenfeld (1999)

12 Certificate


Our Score
It may be superficial and predictable, with special effects bloated out of all proportion, but this western fantasy from Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld is still good-natured fun thanks to the winning charisma of Will Smith and some fabulous Jack-in-the-Box gadgetry. Little more than Lethal Weapon in the Old West, shaken and stirred with a touch of James Bond, the plot has Smith and Kevin Kline as mismatched US Secret Service agents using anachronistic contraptions and fancy disguises to stop mad genius Kenneth Branagh from assassinating President Grant (Kline again). The script is remorselessly smutty, the one-liners are below average ("No more Mr Knife Guy") and the giant mechanical spider climax endlessly drawn out, but the wildly inventive gizmos (the best being the metal collars that attract magnetic blades) give entertainment value and draw a shield over the numerous flaws.


A government agent teams up with a gadget-mad master of disguise to investigate the disappearance of several scientists. Their search leads them to an evil genius who is plotting to kill the US president with some bizarre inventions of his own. Sci-fi Western comedy, starring Will Smith, Kevin Kline, Kenneth Branagh, Salma Hayek and Ted Levine.

Cast & Crew

James West Will Smith
Artemus Gordon / President Ulysses S Grant Kevin Kline
Dr Arliss Loveless Kenneth Branagh
Rita Escobar Salma Hayek
Coleman M Emmet Walsh
General McGrath Ted Levine
Amazonia Frederique Van Der Wal
Munitia Musetta Vander
Miss East Bai Ling
Director Barry Sonnenfeld
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrothersGuidance: Edited for violence, swearing, nudity.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 13 Aug 1999
Drama Comedy