When a multimillionaire man's son is kidnapped, he cooperates with the police at first but then turns the tables on the kidnappers when he uses the ransom money as a reward for the capture of the kidnappers.
With personal crises and age weighing in on them, LAPD officers Riggs and Murtaugh must contend with deadly Chinese triads that are trying to free their former leaders out of prison and onto American soil.
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
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The next project in which Jodie Foster was to be involved in after this film was an action thriller titled "Trackdown". Described as "Female Die Hard inside English Channel tunnel", the plot would have been about Foster's character, who was an engineer, trying to stop terrorists from blowing up the Channel tunnel with a runaway train. Foster. however, walked away from the film, and although some attempts were made to re-write the script (Kevin Jarre did a re-write), find another actress for the role or change the main character into a man, the project was eventually canceled. See more »
On the ferry, Coop takes Annabelle's umbrella and helps her onto the stage. In the next shot, the umbrella has disappeared. See more »
My, such splendid similarities. Now from the looks of things, I'll have the lady come in with some more hot water.
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Several unusual cases of overdubbing occur on the TV print to mask swear words. The term "son-of-a-bitch" is overdubbed "snake in the grass". At one point, Maverick says "I worked my hand off..." instead of the original "I worked my ass off..." See more »
A fun movie that doesn't try to be anything more than what it is -- an amiable comedy.
Mel Gibson can actually manage to be tolerable when he's playing charming, which he does here. James Garner is perfectly cast for quite obvious reasons. And it's nice to see Jodie Foster lighten up and play a feminine character for once -- up to that point, her resume had been quite serious.
For some strange reason, I distinctly remember Siskel and Ebert being infuriated that this film won an Academy Award nomination for Best Costume Design. Ah, to live such a charmed life that something like that constitutes a major gripe.....
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