Maverick (1994)

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Critic Consensus: It isn't terribly deep, but it's witty and undeniably charming, and the cast is obviously having fun.

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This witty western follows the exploits of card sharp Brett Maverick. Needing to raise enough cash to enter a major poker tournament, Maverick enters a small-town card game and finds himself in trouble when he walks away with the pot, a woman's heart, and a man's anger.
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Western
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 wide
On DVD:
Runtime:
Studio:
Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast

Mel Gibson
as Bret Maverick
Jodie Foster
as Annabelle Bransford
James Garner
as Marshal Zane Cooper
Dub Taylor
as Room Clerk
James Coburn
as Commodore
Geoffrey Lewis
as Matthew Wicker
Paul L. Smith
as The Archduke
Dan Hedaya
as Twitchy
Dennis Fimple
as Stuttering
Denver Pyle
as Old Gambler
Clint Black
as Beauregard
Max Perlich
as Johnny Hardin
Art La Fleur
as Poker Player
Paul Tuerpé
as Poker Player
Jean De Baer
as Margaret Mary
Paul Brinegar
as Stage Driver
Hal Ketchum
as Bank Robber
Corey Feldman
as Bank Robber
Danny Glover
as Bank Robber
John Woodward
as Bank Robber
Jesse Eric Carroll
as Stable Boy
Toshonnie Touchin
as Stable Boy
John Meier
as Unshaven Man
Steve Chambers
as Unshaven Man
Doc Duhame
as Unshaven Man
Frank Orsatti
as Unshaven Man
Lauren Shuler Donner
as Bathhouse Maid
John R. Woodward
as Bank Robber
Courtney Barilla
as Music Box Girl
Kimberly Cullum
as Music Box Girl
Gary Richard Frank
as Crooked Dealer
Read Morgan
as Dealer
Steve Kahan
as Dealer
Stephen Liska
as Dealer
Robert Jones
as Bank Employee
John Mills Goodloe
as Telegraph Operator
Vilmos Zsigmond
as Albert Bierstadt
Waylon Jennings
as Man With Concealed Gun
Kathy Mattea
as Woman with Concealed Gun
J. Mills Goodloe
as Telegraph Operator
Carlene Carter
as Waitress
Vince Gill
as Spectator
Janice Gill
as Spectator
Chuck Hart
as Riverboat Poker Player
Doug McClure
as Riverboat Poker Player
Henry Darrow
as Riverboat Poker Player
Jack Garner
as Porter
Michael Paul Chan
as Riverboat Poker Player
Margot Kidder
as Mary Margaret
Richard Blum
as Riverboat Poker Player
Bert Remsen
as Riverboat Poker Player
Robert Fuller
as Riverboat Poker Player
Calvin Bartlett
as Riverboat Poker Player
Donal Gibson
as Riverboat Poker Player
William Marshall
as Riverboat Poker Player
Bill Henderson
as Riverboat Poker Player
Cal Bartlett
as Riverboat Poker Player
Art LaFleur
as Poker Player
William Smith
as Riverboat Poker Player
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Critic Reviews for Maverick

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15)

[Maverick] succeeds, just barely, on the good will of its stars and the sumptuousness of its Western locations.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

By the time Donner crowds his climactic poker game with a bevy of veteran Western character actors, decades of movie tradition have been reduced to window dressing, and Maverick leaves you hungry for the real thing.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
Seattle Times
Top Critic

[Gibson and Garner] can make you smile contentedly even when the script is wandering and they're just sort of standing around waiting for its next good part to develop.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Maverick is smart-alecky without being very smart. It's full of spoofy, har-dee-har-har ribaldries -- this film practically winks at you.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This movie doesn't have the wry kick of the TV show at its best. Too rich, too loaded, Maverick may have misplayed its cards, kept its eyes on the pot instead of the players. In movies, as in poker, you can't always trust a pat hand.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Maverick never takes itself seriously, which establishes the tone for serious fun. Goldman's screenplay is a model of ingenuity, setting increasingly complicated traps for the three leads, and rather amazed that they wriggle free.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Maverick

½

I love this flick. It's great seeing Richard Donner tackle a western. Even moreso with Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Graham Green and many, many great character actors taking up the cast. There are some slight dragging points in the middle of the film, but overall it's a fun little movie. It doesn't really have any sort of visual style, but it's definitely stylized to good effect. It's basically a comedy with a nice western backdrop. It's also a remake of the television series with lots of liberties taken, but if you haven't seen the show it doesn't matter. It's great on its own.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

½

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 Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

Maverick is a wonderful comedy Western film based on the popular tv show. Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner, Maverick is a well acted, plotted and directed Comedy with style. A con man brings his tricks to a high stakes poker game. Along the way, Maverick will find himself in hot water as he tries to outrun unhappy losers, and gets involved in plenty of gun fights. Things go out of hand when the law gets involved. Maverick is a hilarious Western film. The film may not be as grand as the old epics of the 1960's, but this film is a totally different type of Western. The fact that it's different, makes it that much more interesting and fun. The jokes are great and the humour is sharp. The film is always entertaining despite its flaws. Directed by Richard Donner, Maverick combines elements of action, and comedy into this creative Western comedy. The film may be strained at times, and you see that theres room for improvement, but for the most part, the film succeeds in providing the feel of the time. Mixed with witty humour, the film is a superb comedy with a great cast. Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster give strong perforamces. Maverick is one memorable addition to the Western genre. The film may not be as comical as My Name is Nobody, but it's still a funny ride, one that Western fans will surely love. A good viewing experience for sure.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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