Richard Donner (1994)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Despite the attention of master scriptwriter William Goldman, this gentle tribute to the hit comedy western TV series missed a golden opportunity for a razor-sharp spoof. There's no doubt the stars had a ball, though, with Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster sparking nicely as the eponymous gambler and the con artist who is more than his match. But it's left to James Garner (who played the original Bret Maverick), saddled with a role that is little more than a clumsy in-joke, to demonstrate what comic acting is really all about. Fans of westerns, both small screen and big screen, should keep an eye out for a multitude of familiar faces around the riverboat poker tables. The eagle-eyed can spot - among others - Doug McClure, who played Trampas in The Virginian, William Smith, who spent two years in Laredo, and Henry Darrow, who played Manolito in The High Chaparral .


Wisecracking gambler Bret Maverick and con artist Annabelle Bransford cheat their way across the Wild West to make the money they need to enter a high-stakes, once-in-a-century poker tournament, with a ruthless rival on their trail and a principled lawman as an unlikely travelling companion. Comedy Western, starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster, with James Garner, star of the original TV series, alongside Graham Greene and James Coburn.

Cast & Crew

Bret Maverick Mel Gibson
Annabelle Bransford Jodie Foster
Zane Cooper James Garner
Commodore Duval James Coburn
Angel Alfred Molina
Joseph Graham Greene (2)
Matthew Wicker Geoffrey Lewis
Archduke Paul Smith (2)
Twitchy Dan Hedaya
Room clerk Dub Taylor
Stuttering Dennis Fimple
Old gambler Denver Pyle
Poker player Leo Gordon
Riverboat poker player William Smith
Riverboat poker player Doug McClure
Riverboat poker player Henry Darrow
Riverboat poker player Robert Fuller
Riverboat poker player William Marshall
Stage driver Paul Brinegar
Director Richard Donner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, edited for language. Available on: video and DVD
Comedy Drama