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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.



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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 <>

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


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 »

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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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Annabelle gives her dealer a $1000 chip in the poker tournament before the final table. This is common in cash games in which money is won after each hand. Unlike cash games however, tournament chips have no money value and cannot be exchanged for cash. See more »


Maverick: [talking to the village thieves] The man who'll blow your brains out is Marshal Zane Cooper. You've probably heard of him, I know what you're thinking, he's old and decrepit, gums his food AND his women, but he can still shoot straight.
Maverick: After you is ugly Annie Bransford. When she was born, she came out backwards and no one noticed. Hell, when she was little, her parents had to tie a pork chop around her neck so the dog would play with her. When she's making love, she has to pretend SHE'S someone...
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Richard Donner sure knows how to make an entertaining movie!
15 October 2004 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

After making entertaining movies such as the "Lethal Weapon" movies, "The Goonies" and "Scrooged", Richard Donner the man behind all those movies, brings us "Maverick", an excellent and fun 'modern' western with a fun story and entertaining characters played by veteran-actors who seemed to have lots of fun working on this movie.

The best thing about "Maverick" is the 'fun' feeling that this movie has. You can tell that the actors worked on this movie with lots of pleasure and fun. Mel Gibson is a wonderful and fun leading man as Bert uhmm I mean Bret Maverick. The cast is filled with many other big names such as: Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Dan Hedaya, Margot Kidder and Danny Glover in a fun cameo.

The story is really strong and full with fun twists and plenty of comical situations. Yes, "Maverick" is a real fun 'no worries' movie. Truly one of the most underrated movies.


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