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Maverick (1994)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  20 May 1994 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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>

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poker | gambler | tournament | debt | con | See All (170) »


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  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£832,434 (UK) (15 July 1994)


£6,123,329 (UK) (9 September 1994)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Another Lethal Weapon reference arises when Annabelle shrinks Maverick's "Lucky Shirt", in the same way that Leo shrinks Riggs's shirt in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989). See more »


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 »


Zane Cooper: Well, Bret, you know what we ended up with? A half a million dollar silk shirt.
Maverick: Nope, we ended up with a quarter million dollar silk shirt, because my old pappy always used to say "Don't put the chicken in front of"... no, wait "Never cut the cards before"... no, wait, "Don't put all you eggs in one basket".
Zane Cooper: Now that, I said.
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Follows The New Maverick (1978) See more »


Renegades, Rebels, and Rogues
Written by Paul Nelson, Larry Boone and Earl Clark
Performed by Tracy Lawrence
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Rip-roarin' fun!
16 July 2003 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I laughed throughout this movie. Mel Gibson still managed to stay suave and handsome as usual even though his character is supposed to be "bumbling." He and Jodie Foster had amazing chemistry. I enjoyed Danny Glover's cameo and reference to the "Lethal Weapon" movies. And James Garner, the original Maverick, was a delight. The movie had a bunch of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end. (Mel's bathtub scene helped, too.)

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