Maverick (1994)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

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


Movie Info

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: Western, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: William Goldman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 27, 1997
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures

Cast


as Bret Maverick

as Annabelle Bransford

as Marshal Zane Cooper

as Room Clerk

as Commodore

as Matthew Wicker

as The Archduke

as Twitchy

as Stuttering

as Old Gambler

as Beauregard

as Johnny Hardin

as Poker Player

as Poker Player

as Poker Player

as Margaret Mary

as Stage Driver

as Bank Robber

as Bank Robber

as Bank Robber

as Bank Robber

as Unshaven Man

as Unshaven Man

as Unshaven Man

as Unshaven Man

as Bathhouse Maid

as Bank Robber

as Music Box Girl

as Music Box Girl

as Crooked Dealer

as Dealer

as Bank Employee

as Telegraph Operator

as Albert Bierstadt

as Man With Concealed G...

as Woman with Concealed...

as Telegraph Operator

as Spectator

as Spectator

as Riverboat Poker Play...

as Riverboat Poker Play...

as Riverboat Poker Play...

as Riverboat Poker Play...

as Mary Margaret

as Riverboat Poker Play...

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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

A solid ensemble class brings this pseudo remake to life. Mel Gibson is solid in a movie that is really more about fun than anything else.

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John Manard

Super Reviewer

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.

FilmFanatik
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

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