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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.


Richard Donner


Roy Huggins (television series Maverick), William Goldman
2,688 ( 327)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





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)


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Did You Know?


The initials of the stagecoach line in the movie are "GMC", a reference to General Motors Corp., whose trucks have been driven by Gibson's character in every "Lethal Weapon" movie. See more »


When Maverick begins babbling "I can't believe I pulled that card" his lips are not moving. See more »


Maverick: So, are you gonna miss me?
Annabelle: Are you gonna miss me?
Maverick: You are gonna miss me.
Annabelle: how do you know that?
Annabelle: I was not... maybe I was.
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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 »


Referenced in Jensen & Jensen (2011) See more »

User Reviews

The Charm of Mel
17 March 2002 | by monsalveSee all my reviews

Mel Gibson can some times irritate me. He's just in your face too much. In this movie however, he's laid back and charming. I'm a fan of westerns, usually those heavy handed types like "The Searchers"and "Little Big Man". I was surprised how much I liked this light-hearted romp through the American West. The movie brings to mind "Blazing Saddles" and "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid". In fact the screen writer wrote the latter film, though this one fells a bit more like "The Sting" with all its cons and scams.

I also enjoyed the cinematography and locations. The movie goes from Lake Powell to Owens Valley to Yosemite and a beautiful river boat in Oregon. I may be a bit biased towards this film because I walked the set in Yosemite Valley, but I'm still giving it an 8 / 10.

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Release Date:

20 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maverick See more »

Filming Locations:

Lee's Ferry, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,248,545, 22 May 1994

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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