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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.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maverick See more »

Filming Locations:

Lee's Ferry, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,248,545, 22 May 1994

Gross USA:

$101,631,272

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,031,272
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Alice Cooper had a cameo as the town drunk, but his segment was cut. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Annabelle: [speaking in a very southern drawl] A shouldn't be doin' this.
Maverick: You're just standing in the hallway, Mrs. Bransford, I think that's still legal in this state.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

References Stagecoach (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(uncredited)
Written by Thomas Moore
[Based on traditional Irish air. Instrumental version played on piano during riverboat sequence]
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Fun and Charming
17 March 2009 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

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.....

Grade: B


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