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Maverick (1994)

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Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Roy Huggins (television series Maverick), William Goldman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Bret Maverick
Jodie Foster ... Annabelle Bransford
James Garner ... Marshal Zane Cooper
Graham Greene ... Joseph
Alfred Molina ... Angel
James Coburn ... Commodore Duvall
Dub Taylor ... Room Clerk
Geoffrey Lewis ... Matthew Wicker / Eugene, Banker
Paul L. Smith ... The Archduke
Dan Hedaya ... Twitchy, Riverboat Poker Player
Dennis Fimple ... Stuttering
Denver Pyle ... Old Gambler on Riverboat
Clint Black ... Sweet-Faced Gambler
Max Perlich ... Johnny Hardin
Art LaFleur ... Poker Player (as Art La Fleur)
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Storyline

Maverick is recreated from the character James Garner created in the 1950s TV program. Maverick is a gambler who would rather con someone than fight them. He needs an additional three thousand dollars in order to enter a Winner Take All poker game that begins in a few days. He tries to win some, tries to collect a few debts, and recover a little loot for the reward, all with a light hearted air. He joins forces with a woman gambler with a marvelous, though fake, southern accent as the two both try and enter the game. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

The greatest gambler in the West has finally met his match. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild sensuality, language and some western action | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maverick See more »

Filming Locations:

Lee's Ferry, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,248,545, 22 May 1994

Gross USA:

$101,631,272

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,031,272
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Leo Gordon, who plays one of the poker players in the first card scene, wrote four episodes of the original "Maverick" (1957) television series in the 1960-61 season, and made five guest appearances as Big Mike McComb, between 1957-59. See more »

Goofs

There are several problems with the final (set-up) hand of the tournament. The dealer switches out the shuffled deck with the stacked deck containing the set up hands. Firstly, this move is far too obvious to work - just about everyone's attention would be focused on the dealer at this point. As he deals out the hands, the point is to make Maverick and the Commodore think they have the best hand while really letting Angel have the best hand. When dealing the cards to Angel, the dealer deals from the bottom of the deck. That is the second issue - if the deck is stacked why risk being caught dealing from the bottom of the deck? Why not just have him put the correct cards on the top? Third, if the cheat had gone according to plan, Maverick would have had a hand that likely wouldn't have allowed him to call Angel's all-in bet. Instead of a missed royal flush draw, it would make more sense to give him a hand similar to the Commodore's four-of-a-kind, so he'd be likely to call Angel's bet. Similarly, it makes no sense to give him a hand that even had a potential to beat Angel's straight flush. And finally, if they did give Maverick a royal flush draw, why wouldn't they have just stacked the deck so it wasn't possible for Maverick to win under any circumstances? For instance, just have the Ace and 9 of spades, Maverick's only two outs, dealt as burn cards, or perhaps to the Commodore. Instead they chose to stack the deck but gave Maverick outs, and didn't plan far enough ahead to not have one of those two outs sitting as the next card on the deck. EDIT: Dealing off the bottom of the deck is the most common cheat practice because you can never account for what other players may or may not draw. Dealing the set cards off the bottom means it doesn't matter what anyone else does...you give those players the random cards on top, you give the others the set cards off the bottom. In this sense, it's entirely possible, if not probable, that the goal of that hand was to bust The Commodore, and that the cards given to Maverick were pure luck. See more »

Quotes

Commodore: [Looking around the room after a gunfight during the final Poker Game] You're security didnt work a damn coop, everybody's got a gun
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Alternate Versions

Several unusual cases of overdubbing occur on the TV print to mask swear words. The term "son-of-a-bitch" is overdubbed "snake in the grass". At one point, Maverick says "I worked my hand off..." instead of the original "I worked my ass off..." See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Girl Next Door (1999) See more »

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Ride Gambler Ride
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
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Vastly underrated, charming movie
31 December 2001 | by Captain EdSee all my reviews

As a kid, I used to watch reruns of the original "Maverick" -- and so I looked forward to seeing this one when it came out in the theaters. I was NOT disappointed! Mel Gibson's Maverick is a bit more goofy than James Garner's, but is every bit as charming, sly, and entertaining. A number of excellent cameos provide some comic relief, especially Danny Glover near the beginning of the movie. But by far the best casting is reserved for the original Maverick, James Garner, who is cast in a featured role, and who has surprises in store for darn near everyone. Most movies remade from old TV series ignore the stars that made them popular enough to BE remade -- kudos to the producers of this film, who apparently know better.

Other roles are filled capably; the biggest surprise for me was Jodie Foster, whom I normally dislike on screen. She is very impressive in a rare comedic role, and thankfully discards her repetoire of facial tics for a much more natural performance here. The plot is kept pretty simple until near the end -- and the end has a great twist, which I won't divulge. Suffice it to say that your time will be well spent, and you'll want to revisit Maverick country more than once.


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