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


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Writers (WGA):
Roy Huggins (television series Maverick)
William Goldman (written by)
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Release Date:
20 May 1994 (USA) See more »
The greatest gambler in the West has finally met his match. See more »
Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)
Leo Gordon ... Poker Player (as Leo V. Gordon)
Paul Tuerpe ... Poker Player
Jean De Baer ... Mary Margret

Paul Brinegar ... Stage Driver
Hal Ketchum ... Bank Robber

Corey Feldman ... Bank Robber
John M. Woodward ... Bank Robber (as John Woodward)

Jesse Eric Carroll ... Stable Boy
Toshonnie Touchin ... Stable Boy

John Meier ... Unshaven Man
Steven Chambers ... Unshaven Man (as Steve Chambers)

Doc Duhame ... Unshaven Man
Frank Orsatti ... Unshaven Man

Lauren Shuler Donner ... Mrs. D., Bathhouse Maid (as Lauren Shuler-Donner)
Courtney Barilla ... Music Box Girl
Kimberly Cullum ... Music Box Girl
Gary Richard Frank ... Crooked Dealer
Read Morgan ... Dealer
Steve Kahan ... Dealer

Stephen Liska ... Dealer
Robert Jones ... Bank Employee
J. Mills Goodloe ... Telegraph Operator (as John Mills Goodloe)

Vilmos Zsigmond ... Albert Bierstadt
Waylon Jennings ... Man with Concealed Guns
Kathy Mattea ... Woman with Concealed Guns
Carlene Carter ... Waitress

Vince Gill ... Spectator
Janis Oliver Gill ... Spectator (as Janice Gill)

William Smith ... Riverboat Poker Player
Chuck Hart ... Riverboat Poker Player

Doug McClure ... Riverboat Poker Player

Henry Darrow ... Riverboat Poker Player

Michael Paul Chan ... Riverboat Poker Player
Richard Blum ... Riverboat Poker Player

Bert Remsen ... Riverboat Poker Player

Robert Fuller ... Riverboat Poker Player

Donal Gibson ... Riverboat Poker Player

William Marshall ... Riverboat Poker Player
Bill Henderson ... Riverboat Poker Player (as Bill Handerson)

Cal Bartlett ... Riverboat Poker Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Dolan ... (unconfirmed)

Linda Hunt ... The Magician (scenes deleted)
Charles Dierkop ... Riverboat Poker Player (uncredited)

James Drury ... Riverboat Poker Player (uncredited)

John Fogerty ... Street Spectator (uncredited)
Michael Forte ... Bath House Guest (uncredited)

Patrick Fullerton ... Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Garner ... Porter (uncredited)

Danny Glover ... Bank Robber (uncredited)
Will Hutchins ... Spectator (uncredited)
Bob Jennings ... Bartender (uncredited)
Rick Jensen ... Lauren Belle Passenger (uncredited)

Margot Kidder ... Margret Mary (uncredited)

Reba McEntire ... Spectator (uncredited)

John Otrin ... Riverboat Spectator (uncredited)

Don Stark ... Riverboat Poker Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Donner 
Writing credits
Roy Huggins (television series Maverick)

William Goldman (written by)

Produced by
Alexander B. Collett .... associate producer
Bruce Davey .... producer
Richard Donner .... producer
Jim Van Wyck .... co-producer
Original Music by
Randy Newman 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond 
Film Editing by
Stuart Baird 
Michael Kelly  (as Mike Kelly)
Casting by
Marion Dougherty 
Production Design by
Thomas E. Sanders  (as Tom Sanders)
Art Direction by
Daniel T. Dorrance  (as Daniel Dorrance)
Set Decoration by
Lisa Dean 
Costume Design by
April Ferry 
Makeup Department
Michael Hancock .... makeup supervisor
Charlene Johnson .... department head hair stylist
Christine Lee .... key hair stylist (as Chris Lee)
Elaine Short .... hair stylist: Ms. Foster
Production Management
R. Anthony Brown .... unit production manager (as Tony Brown)
Geno Escarrega .... post-production supervisor
Jim Lemley .... production manager: second unit
Jim Lemley .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew M. Flinn .... second assistant director: second unit
Michael L. Holland .... second second assistant director
Hayley H. Hsu .... second second assistant director
Terry Leonard .... second unit director
Princess O'Mahoney .... first assistant director: second unit
Mic Rodgers .... second unit director
John G. Scotti .... second assistant director (as John C. Scotti)
Alisa Statman .... second second assistant director
Jim Van Wyck .... first assistant director
Art Department
Richard Crain .... propmaker
Nathan Crowley .... assistant art director
Oscar Delgadillo .... set dressing gang boss
Ken Erck .... set painter
Sean Fong .... set dresser
Matt Furginson .... on-set dresser (as F. Matthew Furginson)
David Gabrielli .... construction foreman
Joseph A. Hodges .... set designer
Jim C. Johnson .... set dresser
Kent Jones .... paint foreman
Larry D. Koszakovszky .... set dresser
Larry Lennert .... greens foreman
Robert Misetich .... stand-by painter
Erik L. Nelson .... property master (as Erik Nelson)
David P. Newell .... assistant propmaster (as David Newell)
John Root .... signwriter supervisor
Marc Rosenblatt .... painter
Billy Salsberg .... lead carpenter
Marvin Salsberg .... construction coordinator
Hugo Santiago .... set designer
Christopher E. Schmid .... greens foreman
Sean Skelding .... set dressing
Bruce G. Smith .... paint foreman
Penelope Rene Stames .... lead man
Tracy Stockwell .... plasterer
Kenneth L. Westcott .... lead man (as Ken Wescott)
Helen Wilson .... seamstress
Ken Abraham .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ron Ashmore .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Gina B. Cranham .... set designer (uncredited)
Carl Robarge .... molder/caster (uncredited)
Kai Shelton .... painter (uncredited)
Randy Syracuse .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Bub Asman .... sound editor
William C. Carruth .... adr editor (as William Carruth)
Virginia Cook-McGowan .... sound editor (as Virginia A. Cook)
Samuel C. Crutcher .... sound editor (as Samuel Crutcher)
Greg Dillon .... sound editor (as Greg Dillion)
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Richard Friedman .... adr editor
Robert G. Henderson .... supervising sound editor
David L. Horton Jr. .... foley editor (as David Horton Jr.)
David M. Horton .... sound editor (as David Horton)
Jerry Jacobson .... sound editor
Billy King .... boom operator
Clark King .... production sound mixer
James J. Klinger .... sound editor (as Jim Klinger)
Darrin Martin .... sound editor
Lisa Peters .... sound editor
James Simcik .... supervising adr editor
Dean St. John .... adr recordist
Allen L. Stone .... sound re-recording mixer
Scott A. Tinsley .... foley editor (as Scott Tinsley)
Robert Ulrich .... adr editor
Brooke Henderson Ward .... sound editor (as Brooke Ward)
Marshall Winn .... sound editor
Mary Jo Lang .... foley mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Keith Collea .... special effects crew
Walt Conti .... rattlesnake effects supervisor
Bruce Y. Kuroyama .... special effects (as Bruce Kuroyama)
Steve Luport .... special effects
Robert Simokovic .... special effects (as Bob Simokovic)
Neil Smith .... special effects
Bob Stoker .... special effects
Lucinda Strub .... special effects
Matt Sweeney .... special effects coordinator
Ty Boyce .... animatronic designer (uncredited)
Ty Boyce .... animatronic operator (uncredited)
Tony Centonze .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Jeff J. Davis .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Alia Agha .... visual effects coordinator: ILM (as Alia Almeida Agha)
Rob Coleman .... computer graphics animator: ILM
Carl N. Frederick .... computer graphics supervisor: ILM
Bill Mather .... digital matte artist: ILM
Roni McKinley .... visual effects producer: ILM
Steve Price .... visual effects supervisor: ILM
Yusei Uesugi .... digital matte artist: ILM
Bruce Vecchitto .... digital timing supervisor: ILM
Jeffrey Benedict .... technical assistant (uncredited)
Ronn Brown .... digital matte assistant (uncredited)
Patrick Phillips .... visual effects (uncredited)
Olivier Sarda .... digital artist (uncredited)
Jack Carpenter .... stunts
Matt Connors .... stunts
Shane Dixon .... stunts
Richard M. Ellis .... stunts (as Richard Ellis)
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunts (as Tom Harper)
Mic Rodgers .... stunt coordinator
Danny Rogers .... stunts
Dean Smith .... stunts
Jill Stokesberry .... stunts
Mic Rodgers .... stunt double: Mel Gibson (uncredited)
Dean Smith .... stunt double: James Garner (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William D. Barber .... camera operator: second unit
Steve Chase .... dolly grip: second unit
Michael A. Chavez .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Mike Chavez)
John J. Connor .... director of photography: second unit (as John Connor)
John T. Connor .... assistant camera: "b" camera, second unit
Andrew Cooper .... still photographer
Glenn Corbett .... rigging gaffer
Ray De La Motte .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Ray Del La Motte)
Dick Deats .... key grip (as Richard Deats)
Jerry C. Deats .... grip
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip (as Antonio Garrido)
David G. George .... video assist operator: second unit
Norman Glasser .... chief lighting technician
Martin Glover .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Wes Houle .... rigging gaffer
Wes Houle .... set electrician
Frank R. Jimenez Jr. .... lamp operator
Mansur Johnson .... grip
Jerry D. Knight .... electrician
David R. Kohn .... lighting technician
Kyle T. MacDowell .... grip
Patrick Marshall .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Pat Marshall)
Michael E. Matteson .... best boy (as Michael Matteson)
Mark Mele .... rigging electrician
Ken Nishino .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
David Norris .... camera technician: Wescam camera
Neal Norton .... camera operator: "b" camera
John O'Connor .... film loader
Dennis Seawright .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Gary W. Shaw .... electrician
Wayne Tidwell .... video assist operator
Joseph D. Urbanczyk .... camera operator: "c" camera
Kelly Way .... electrician: ORE unit
Julian Whatley .... assistant camera
Leonard Romie .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Shannon Dunn .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James P. Cullen .... costumer
Lois DeArmond .... assistant costume designer
Alexandria Forster .... costumer
Lyle Glazer .... set costumer (as Lyle Morse)
Linda Henrikson .... costume supervisor (as Linda Hendrikson)
Paul Lopez .... costume supervisor
June Barney .... set seamstress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Luis Colina .... associate editor
Kristen Helsing .... second assistant editor
Charles Ireland .... assistant film editor
William J. Meshover .... assistant film editor (as Billy Meshover)
Michael Moore .... assistant film editor
Michael Moore .... assistant editor
Jud Nealon .... assistant film editor
Dallas Puett .... additional editor
Mary Ann Skweres .... assistant film editor
Kevin Stitt .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Christopher Brooks .... music editor
Christine Cholvin .... assistant music editor
Don Davis .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
George Doering .... musician
Steve Dorff .... music pre-record supervisor
Larry Fitzgerald .... music supervisor
James Flamberg .... score producer
Mark Hartley .... music supervisor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator
Larry Herbstritt .... music arranger: riverboat music
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba
Helena Lea .... assistant music editor
Maria Newman .... musician
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Frank Wolf .... score mixer
Frank Wolf .... score recordist
Transportation Department
Richard Burch .... driver: insert car
Linda Cipperley .... transportation
Jerry Cipperly .... transportation captain
Lonnie Craig .... driver
Michael Forte .... driver: Mel Gibson
Ted Moser .... transportation captain
Phil Strauss .... transportation
John M. Woodward .... transportation coordinator (as John Woodward)
Other crew
Michael Beche .... location manager
Jim Brockett .... animal trainer
Christopher Brown .... staff assistant
Timothy A. Burris .... assistant accountant
D'Ann Connelly .... location manager
Glenn Richard Côté .... staff assistant
Luis Delgado .... assistant: Mr. Garner
Chris Silver Finigan .... production accountant
Patti Ford .... staff assistant
Billy L. 'Butch' Frank .... wrangler
Shawn Gillespie .... first assistant accountant
Stefanie Goldbloom .... production assistant
J. Mills Goodloe .... assistant: Mr. Donner (as J Mills Goodloe)
Lisa Greenspan .... staff assistant
Jennifer Hare .... assistant: Mr. Davey
Jean Hodges .... food stylist
Eric Jacobson .... assistant production secretary
Shauna L. Kroen .... production accountant
Delfin Labao .... staff assistant
Patricia LaMagna .... assistant: Ms. Foster
Shawn Landis .... staff assistant
Mary LaPlante .... staff assistant
Amy London .... staff assistant
Dean Lopata .... assistant: Mr. Gibson
Uriah S. Lovelycolors .... staff assistant
Abbie Ludwig .... staff assistant
Jonas C. Matz .... first aid (as Jonas Matz)
Jayson Merrill .... staff assistant
Kari Ann Messina .... publicist
Cynthia Neber .... executive assistant: Mr. Donner
Liz Newman .... production secretary
Marienne O'Brien .... stitcher
Marque Owen .... a.s.d.a. observer
George Patterson .... staff assistant
Maryann Rea .... staff assistant
David Romano .... construction accountant
Phil Smith .... animal trainer
Cynnie Troup .... script supervisor
Rudy Ugland .... head wrangler
Kristan Wagner .... location manager
John 'Magic' Wright .... craft service
Sandra L. Yeary .... assistant accountant
Julie Adams .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production accountant manager (uncredited)
Erica Kissack .... contact lens technician (uncredited)
David Sousa .... animal trainer: birds (uncredited)
Scott Stravitz .... medic: second unit (uncredited)

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Rated PG for mild sensuality, language and some western action
127 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Cameo: [Reba McEntire]An extra in the opening poker scene of the movie.See more »
Continuity: During the fight scene between Angel and Maverick's "attackers", the rope Angel uses to pin one of them to a pole keeps disappearing and reappearing between shots.See more »
Maverick:Oh, what the hell! I feel like being silly. I'll call... Uh...
[clearing his throat]
Maverick:It's just a pair of sixes. If you can beat that you got me licked, and that's not a totally unpleasant prospect.
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Referenced in Jensen & Jensen (2011)See more »
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What is the signifigance of Bret uncovering the robbers face, and looking like he knows him from somewhere, and the robber looking at him the same way?
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19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A tale of old west treachery, from the mind of the man who wrote The Princess Bride., 24 May 2005
Author: schmimic ( from Canada

Starring: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner Ah, the old west. Personally, I'm not big into western movies, which would probably explain why I like this movie. It isn't a western. It just happens to take place in the old west. Maverick is the story of a poker player (Gibson) who is going against all odds to get into a championship poker tournament to find out once and for all just how good he really is.

The movie starts with Bret Maverick at the end of a noose, sitting on a horse, out in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by the men who put the noose around his neck in the first place. Then the movie goes into a flashback that tells about the week leading up to this point. A very large chunk of the movie takes place in the flashback.

Bret hasn't had the best of luck over the last week. His horse was stolen and he had to replace it with a donkey, his friends double cross him when it comes to issues of money that they owe him, he nearly gets his butt kicked after a game of poker goes sour, his lucky shirt gets shrunk, and all sorts of other misfortunes. While playing poker he meets Mrs. Annabelle Bransford (Foster), a thief who is also trying to get into the poker tournament. They get stuck riding on the same stagecoach together, along with Marshal Zane Cooper (Garner). True to Bret's luck, the driver has a heart attack and the coach goes out of control. He plays the hero and stops it of course, since he is the hero of the movie, and they continue along on their way to the tournament.

They encounter a group of settlers that have been robbed by Indians, or at least who believe they have been robbed by Indians, and Bret agrees to help them get back their stuff for a cut of the money he'd be recovering for them. He finds the group of whites who were masquerading as Indians and gets the goods from them, and then when they return the goods, real Indians show up, ones that are actually friends with Bret. The encounter between the Indians and the settlers is one of the more hilarious parts of the movie.

After Bret goes along with the Indians and has some interesting encounters with them, we finally catch up to the present, where Bret is dangling from that noose again. He gets out of it and makes his way to the poker tournament.

I'm not going to say whether he wins or loses the tournament, but I'm sure you can guess. But if you haven't seen this movie before, there are probably quite a few things you won't be able to guess, as this movie has many different plot twists and turns along the way. It's absolutely hilarious and in my opinion, a classic.

Bottom Line: 4 out of 4 (own this movie)

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