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

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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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In their hands, a deck of cards was the only thing more dangerous than a gun. See more »


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

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20 May 1994 (USA)  »

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Maverick - Den Colt am Gürtel, ein As im Ärmel  »

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$75,000,000 (estimated)

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£832,434 (UK) (15 July 1994)

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£6,123,329 (UK) (9 September 1994)
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After Bret Maverick escapes from his botched hanging, he is shown plodding through the desert, dragging a tree limb behind him as the sand swirls around him. This mirrors a situation from Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981), when The Gyro Captain is chained to a log by Max, also played by Mel Gibson, and forced to find his way out of the desert. See more »

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When Maverick (Mel Gibson) wins his last hand of poker at his table (prior to the final round) the dealer stands up and shakes his hand. As he stands up, the chair is stuck to him. As he shakes Maverick's hand, he knocks the chair loose. He then turns and goes off camera, shaking his head and starting to laugh. See more »

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Mary Margret: [counting money for Maverick] 2,500 2,600 2,800...
Annabelle: [interrupts] 2,700.
Mary Margret: Are you sure?
Annabelle: Oh, I'm sure
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References Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) See more »

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Ride Gambler Ride
Written and Performed by Randy Newman
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A Western That's Really A Pleasing Comedy
24 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A good mix of comedy, drama, suspense and nice scenery all make this a pleasing viewing experience. (Most people watching this leave with a smile on their face.)

This "western" is really a lot more of a comedy, but so was the TV show on which it was based. In the movie, we get some really neat twists at the end, too. Kudos also for including TV's original "Maverick" - James Garner - in this film.

Mel Gibson (the "new" Maverick) and Jodie Foster play off each other well in the leads and Graham Greene has some very funny lines as a supporting player. Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Geoffrey Lewis also shine in supporting performances and it is really fun to see all the cameo appearances in here. Included in there were a couple of old-time western movie stars along with country-western singers, all at a big card game at the end.

Another plus are the two songs during the ending credits. There is rousing C&W rendition of "Amazing Grace" followed by a good Randy Newman song called "Ride Gambler Ride." They are worth sticking around and hearing.

One negative about this film: the message seems to be that cheating, lying and just being a dishonorable person if okay if you can get away with it!! (Only in Hollywood!)


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