The Wild Wild West Revisited

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  • PG
  • 1979
  • 1 hr 36 min
  • 6.5  (586)

The Wild Wild West Revisited is a 1979 made-for-television movie, directed by Burt Kennedy and starring Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, and Paul Williams. It follows the adventures of two skilled agents working for President Ulysses S. Grant, as they are called back into action to stop a madman from wreaking havoc on the United States. The movie is a sequel to the 1960s television series, The Wild Wild West, which was a cult classic at the time. The original show followed the adventures of James West (Conrad) and Artemus Gordon (Martin), two agents of the United States Secret Service who were assigned to investigate and stop threats against the country. The show combined elements of westerns with science fiction, spy fiction, and even anachronism, with gadgets and inventions that were ahead of their time.

In The Wild Wild West Revisited, the story picks up 10 years after the original series ended. James West and Artemus Gordon are retired, enjoying a life of comfort and relaxation. However, their tranquility is disrupted when they are summoned to the White House by President Grant himself. Grant explains that a former colleague of his, a brilliant scientist named Michelito Loveless Jr. (played by Paul Williams), has returned and is seeking revenge against the United States.

Loveless Jr.'s father, Dr. Miguelito Loveless, was a recurring villain in the original series, who was obsessed with conquering the world and destroying the United States. In this movie, his son is continuing the legacy, using his expertise in robotics and weaponry to create an army of robotic replicas of historical figures, including Napoleon Bonaparte and George Washington. Loveless Jr. plans to use his army to take over the country and fulfill his father's dream.

West and Gordon are called back into action to stop Loveless Jr.'s plan. Along the way, they are aided by an eclectic cast of characters, including a former circus performer (played by Rene Auberjonois) with a talent for disguise, a traveling salesman (played by Harry Morgan) with a secret gadget, and a Russian spy (played by Alan Hale Jr.) with a surprising agenda. The agents face numerous challenges, including battles with the robotic army, disguises, chases, and double-crosses.

The Wild Wild West Revisited is a fun and entertaining movie, filled with action, humor, and nostalgia. It captures the spirit of the original series, with its mix of western and science fiction elements, its playful tone, and its chemistry between the two leads. Robert Conrad and Ross Martin are as charming and dynamic as ever, playing off each other with ease and humor. Paul Williams is an amusing villain, playing Loveless Jr. with a campy and quirky style that adds to the movie's charm.

The movie also features some impressive special effects for its time, with the robotic replicas of historical figures being a highlight. Although they may look dated by today's standards, they were groundbreaking at the time and added to the movie's sense of adventure and fun.

Overall, The Wild Wild West Revisited is a delightful movie, perfect for fans of the original series and for anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned adventure. It may not be a masterpiece of cinema, but it is an enjoyable and nostalgic trip down memory lane, filled with humor, action, and cheesy one-liners.

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Description
  • Release Date
    1979
  • MPAA Rating
    PG
  • Runtime
    1 hr 36 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (586)