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Maverick

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1994
  • Richard Donner
  • 121 mins
  • PG

Summary

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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 .

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Credits

Cast

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Bret MaverickMel Gibson
Annabelle BransfordJodie Foster
Zane CooperJames Garner
Commodore DuvalJames Coburn
AngelAlfred Molina
JosephGraham Greene (2)
Matthew WickerGeoffrey Lewis
ArchdukePaul Smith (2)
TwitchyDan Hedaya
Room clerkDub Taylor
StutteringDennis Fimple
Old gamblerDenver Pyle
Poker playerLeo Gordon
Riverboat poker playerWilliam Smith
Riverboat poker playerDoug McClure
Riverboat poker playerHenry Darrow
Riverboat poker playerRobert Fuller
Riverboat poker playerWilliam Marshall
Stage driverPaul Brinegar

Crew

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DirectorRichard Donner

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Violence, edited for language.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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