Wild Wild West 1999 - Plot & Screenshots
The story opens in Louisiana in 1869. A man fitted with a magnetic collar runs through a forest trying to escape a large spinning saw blade flying through the air. The saw blade eventually catches the man and decapitates him.
From the decapitated man's perspective, we see another man in a Confederate Army general's uniform seize the saw blade, which is engraved with a large emblem of a tarantula.
In a town called Morgan, West Virginia, Army Captain James West (Will Smith), hides out in a half-filled water tower.
While he has a romantic evening with a beautiful woman named Belle (Garcelle Beauvais), he sees a small unit of Confederate soldiers arrive and load up a wagon with boxes of nitroglycerin.
West remarks that he'd been waiting for the men for a week and that they're under the command of General "Bloodbath" McGrath, the man who'd retrieved the saw blade.
The horses attached to the wagon become jumpy and cause the wagon to weaken the already rickety water tower, spilling West, naked, into the storehouse where the men are taking the nitro.
West battles with them briefly, retrieves his clothes and jumps onto the wagon (which has no driver now).
He finally takes control of the wagon, which almost goes over a cliff overlooking a saloon called Fat-Can-Candy's, or Fat-Can's. West sees that McGrath is in Fat-Can's.
Meanwhile, in the saloon, McGrath (Ted Levine) draws the attention of two burlesque performers. One of them, Rita Escobar (Salma Hayek), is pushed aside by Artemis Gordon (Kevin Kline), who wears a drag disguise.
After Gordon sings "Sons of the South" for McGrath and his men, McGrath drags him upstairs.
They pass a room where a bundle obviously containing a struggling man is being tended to by McGrath's men and into an empty bedroom.
McGrath wears a trumpet style hearing aid because he lost his ear at Chickamauga.
Gordon hypnotizes McGrath with a belt buckle equipped with two swirling wheels and begins to question him about missing scientists, including Dr. Escobar.