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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.



(television series Maverick),
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Room Clerk
Twitchy, Riverboat Poker Player
Old Gambler on Riverboat
Sweet-Faced Gambler
Johnny Hardin
Poker Player (as Art La Fleur)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 May 1994 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,248,545, 22 May 1994, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steve Kahan (the dealer during the poker tournament) also plays Mel Gibson's (Martin Riggs') captain in the "Lethal Weapon" franchise. Gibson's character is a constant irritation for Kahan throughout. As an inside joke, near the end of the tournament you see Kahan give Gibson a terse handshake (barely acknowledging his presence) before quickly exiting the table. This happens right after Gibson's character knocks out the last player before reaching the final table. In actuality, Kahan got stuck in his chair, and as he stands up, his chair comes with him. His handshake with Gibson is cut short, because he wants to remove the chair. Notice Gibson's expression as he chokes back a laugh, just before the film cuts to a different shot. See more »


Contrail visible in the sky behind Joseph while the missionaries, Coop and Anabelle are watching Bret parlay with the Indians. See more »


Annabelle: How'd you know I was bluffing? I didn't do any of my tells. I didn't shuffle my cards, I didn't pull my hair, I didn't even flick my teeth.
Maverick: You held your breath. If you'd been excited, you would have started breathing harder.
Annabelle: I did not.
[Looks at the Commodore]
Annabelle: Did I?
[Commodore nods]
Annabelle: [Annabelle looks at Angel] Did I?
[Angel nods]
Annabelle: [Annabelle looks at the dealer] Did I?
[the dealer nods]
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User Reviews

Really Entertainment
2 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

I Recently saw this film for the second time and the film is really amusing.

Mel Gibson plays his roll terrific and the film has a great number of unexpected developments.

The film is really enjoyable and i think the nomination for the Oscar is justified.

I think that the majority of people agree with me on this and that this film has become a classic over the years.

The story is surprising and unexpected developments,the action and humor make it that this film has become such a great popularity.

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