Maverick

1994, Western/Comedy, 2h 9m

53 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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It isn't terribly deep, but it's witty and undeniably charming, and the cast is obviously having fun. Read critic reviews

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This film update of the "Maverick" TV series finds the title cardsharp (Mel Gibson) hoping to join a poker contest with an impressive payoff. In order to enter, Maverick must first put up a large cash sum. He scams hopeful contestants Annabelle (Jodie Foster) and Angel (Alfred Molina) in a preliminary card game to win the money he needs, making enemies of both players. While trying to evade Annabelle and Angel, the crafty Maverick realizes a cunning marshal (James Garner) is also on his tail.

Cast & Crew

Mel Gibson
Bret Maverick
Jodie Foster
Annabelle Bransford
James Garner
Marshal Zane Cooper
James Coburn
Commodore Duvall
Paul L. Smith
The Archduke
Geoffrey Lewis
Matthew Wicker, Eugene
Max Perlich
Johnny Hardin
Dub Taylor
Room Clerk
Robert Fuller
Riverboat Poker Player
Doug McClure
Riverboat Poker Player
Bert Remsen
Riverboat Poker Player
Denver Pyle
Old Gambler on Riverboat
Will Hutchins
Spectator (uncredited)
Clint Black
Sweet-Faced Gambler
Waylon Jennings
Man with Concealed Guns
Kathy Mattea
Woman with Concealed Guns
William Goldman
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  • Oct 20, 2017
    Adapted from the hit '50s television series, Maverick is a fun and exciting western from director Richard Donner. On his way to the All River's Draw Poker Championship professional card player Bret Maverick gets into a series of misadventures while trying to collect the last three thousand dollars of his entry fee. Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Alfred Molina, and James Garner, the film has a great cast that delivers some really good performances. And the comedy is lighthearted and campy in all the right ways (without being too cute or slapsticky). Also, the fight scenes and chases are energetic and action-packed. A film that the whole family can enjoy, Maverick is entertaining and delivers a lot of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2015
    Gibson has never looked crazier in a movie (Lethal Weapon included). His constant mugging for the camera here isn't funny, it's painful. Donner does his best with the material, but it never feels as fun as it wants to be.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2012
    When Maverick first came out I absolutely loved it & thought the movie was hilarious.I just watched it yesterday & realized I don't like it as much as I use to.It still has a couple funny moment's but nothing that really stands out.The best thing about Maverick were the couple twists towards the end & the final twist that I should've seen coming a mile away but didn't.It's an OK movie but it's not as good as I remembered & hoped it would still be
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2011
    We are all in the middle of a poker game and its obvious that everyone is bluffing, but I couldn't have told you what the winning hand was going to be. This movie was filled with coincidences too over-the-top that just happened to develop the plot precisely as needed, but I give an extra star for the set and costume designs.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer

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