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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maverick - This is a hilarious film!
Maverick is a hilarious, enjoyable and fun film to watch and bears well over several viewings. Of course, how could this film have missed given its cast; Mel Gibson, James Garner, Jodie Foster, James Coburn and a whole slew of other stars to include an outrageously funny cameo by Danny Glover. The more interesting thing here is that James Garner played Brett Maverick...
Published on April 22, 2003 by K. Wyatt

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, decent DVD
Maverick is a very funny update of the vintage western. Mel Gibson is a pleasure to watch as lucky-go-happy cardshark Brett Maverick, and his coupling with southern belle Jodie Foster is a very good one. James Garner, the original Maverick, is a hoot as a marshall. Look for funny parts by James Coburn, Graham Greene and a familiar face from Lethal Weapon. The DVD...
Published on March 31, 1999 by Wouter Heyse


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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maverick - This is a hilarious film!, April 22, 2003
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K. Wyatt "ssintrepid" (Cape Girardeau, MO United States) - See all my reviews
Maverick is a hilarious, enjoyable and fun film to watch and bears well over several viewings. Of course, how could this film have missed given its cast; Mel Gibson, James Garner, Jodie Foster, James Coburn and a whole slew of other stars to include an outrageously funny cameo by Danny Glover. The more interesting thing here is that James Garner played Brett Maverick when it was a television series many moons ago and he had turned down many film scripts for this one where he didn't even play the lead. Maverick is a big hit and all involved in making this fine western/comedy deserve all of the accolades they received for it!
The premise:
Bert, oops I mean Brett Maverick (Mel Gibson) is a card playing and fast drawing hustler who is on his way to good old St. Louis for a huge poker tournament. His main problem is that he's three thousand dollars short of the entry fee so he decides to stop in another town and play another round of poker in the hopes of picking up some of the three thousand he needs. This is where he meets Annabelle Branford played by the ever beautiful Jodie Foster. Mrs. Branford's beauty is matched only by her desire to pick up the money to enter the big poker game as well. Not too long afterwards we meet Zane Cooper (James Garner) who is a lawman of some fame and he just happens to be going the same way as Maverick and Mrs. Branford. What follows is most definitely one of the most hilarious westerns ever made. I would highly recommend this film to any and all fans of the stars and this genre.
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Production notes: This particular DVD is "all" about the film itself as there is very little in the way of special features. The production notes are of course in text and somewhat interesting. {ssintrepid}
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu ray Disc is HUGE upgrade from DVD, May 31, 2011
This review is from: Maverick [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
As of this writing (May 28, 2011), Best Buy exclusively sells the Blu-ray release of the 1994 western/comedy/action movie "Maverick"--and the BD is definitely a huge improvement over the DVD video and audio. If you own the DVD of this movie (and have watched it on a large-screen, HD TV), you know that the DVD transfer was simply awful--almost unwatchable due to the heavy grain and other video defects.

The upgrade to Blu-ray is definitely worth the additional purchase price (less than thirteen dollars at Best Buy). It's like watching a totally different movie. The BD video is sharp, skin tones are perfect, and the color saturation is rich (but still looks natural). I rate the video transfer as 8/10--a solid transfer, especially for an "older" film. The audio is equally impressive--almost like watching a new release.

The film itself is, of course, quite entertaining--wonderful cast (Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Colburn, James Garner, Graham Greene, and Alfred Molina), breath taking cinematography (filming took place at a number of scenic locations in the American West including Yosemite National Park, the Columbia River in Oregon, and the Arizona desert), a crazy plot (it's basically a comedy involving a big poker game aboard a fancy river boat--but there is plently of action), cameos by a number of country western singers (who perform a fantastic rendition of "Amazing Grace" as the ending credits roll) and a PG-13 rating, so the whole family can watch it.

This upgrade to Blu-ray is highly recommended!
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ALL ROUND ENTERTAINMENT, April 25, 2004
Mel Gibson's Maverick is somewhat goofy but charming, sly, and fairly humorous.
A number of excellent cameos provide some comic relief, especially Danny Glover near the beginning of the movie. The biggest surprise for me was Jodie Foster, who, in an impressively rare comedic role, thankfully discards her repetoire of facial tics for a much more natural performance here.
The plot is kept pretty simple until near the end -- and the end has a great twist, which I won't divulge. Suffice it to say that your time will be well spent.
Recommended rental for sure, but also consider buying this excellent DVD because this comedy does well with repeat viewing.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How The West Was Fun!!!, September 23, 2001
This review is from: Maverick [VHS] (VHS Tape)
'Maverick' is by far the best western movie ever! Fast paced, action packed, suspenseful, and funny (very funny), Maverick keeps you on your toes and leaves you screaming for more!
Mel Gibson kicks butt (literally) as Bret Maverick, a handsome, slick and roguish card player trying to win enough money to enter the biggest card game of the year. While trying to win some dough, he meets the scheming thief, Annabelle Bransworth (played by Jodie Foster). I love Jodie Foster in this movie, I never knew she was such a comedian!
'Maverick' is a witty, charming, and hilarous western comedy. A must-see.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chemistry, Chemistry, Chemistry ..., October 27, 2000
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"jaylinii" (Jacksonville, FL United States) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Maverick [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This movie works! Mel Gibson, James Garner and Jodie Foster WORK! I haven't enjoyed a movie this much in years.
I've never been a huge Mel Gibson fan, but I love him in his role of Burt, er Bret Maverick. Jodie Foster proves how versatile she is and James Garner is absolutely charming. The three of them together is a laugh a minute.
Even if you hate westerns, you'll love this movie. Don't miss this one.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lethal Western, March 14, 2005
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Yendor "sknayfan" (Gilroy, CA United States) - See all my reviews
With a renewed interest of the "Western" genre in 80's & 90's(YOUNG GUNS, TOMBSTONE, UNFORGIVEN) and classic tv series being made into films,MAVERICK was a natural. To sum up the film, it is just a plain fun. Richard Donner and Mel Gibson take their collaboration from the LETHAL WEAPON films (and even take Danny Glover along for a hilarious cameo as far as even saying "I'm getting too old for this ----!") to make a very satisfying comedy-adventure-western. Everyone seems to be having a good time in this film and the audience is brought along for the ride. James Garner who originated the roll on tv is brought back as Marshall Zane Cooper. Mel Gibson is perfectly cast in the lead and is so likeable and engaging that no matter what predicament he gets himself into, he's going to get out of it. The plot is mainly Maverick trying to get to, and raise funds for, a poker tournament on a Louisiana steamboat. Along the way he runs into hilarious obstacles and miscreant while meeting up with unsavory charactors etc. Jody Foster on the heels of two major best-actress Oscar wins, plays it light and is surprisingly hilarious as card shark/con artist Annabelle Bransford. Alfred Molina (SPIDER-MAN 2) shows his versatility once again as bad-guy "Angel", Maverick's arch enemy. Graham Greene is hilarious as the politically incorrect Native American,Joseph who is after the mighty dollar. Also, a who's who of veteran tv and movie character actors appear in the film during the marathon poker tournament making it fun to point them out. Lastly, veteran James Garner is good in everything he does. The closing scenes with Garner & Gibson with a surprising revelation is one of the highlights of the film and totally satisfying. Overall, fun, light, entertaining and perfect.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's Bart?, April 14, 2008
Maverick DVD

Mel Gibson stars as a bumbling gambler who is trying to join a poker game. The movie is based on a TV series. Jodie Foster co-stars as does James Gardner who was in the original TV series, as Bret, I believe. Bart was his Brother. Highly recommended for fans of Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster and fans of the original TV series.

Gunner April, 2008
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites, March 17, 2014
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My husband claimed to be a western buff. I asked him if he had ever watched this film, he said "no". So, I rented it from Amazon, picture quality was great - price was right and we never had to leave the living room!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE, August 22, 2013
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I bought this on DVD. I already had it on VHS. It was hilarious. My favorite scene was the stage coach ride. Mel Gibson was a laugh a minute. There were a lot of great actors. Mel Gibson, Jody Foster, James Garner ect, ect.. You need to buy this. No bad language and anyone can watch this.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A highly original Western comedy..., April 20, 2005
A 1990's Western comedy featuring Mel Gibson, Maverick was a breath of fresh air when first appeared in theaters. The film doesn't take itself so seriously as many films with a Western setting tend to do. Based on the 1950's television series by the same name in which James Garner had a starring role, Maverick is a uniquely clever and entertaining adventure comedy...

When Bret Maverick (Mel Gibson) needs $25,000 to enter a winner-take-all poker tournament, he travels through towns en route to the tournament in the hopes of winning every dollar he needs. But he quickly encounters Angel (Alfred Molina), a roughneck poker player in his own right who tries to kill Maverick (his attempt inevitably fails).

Along the way, Maverick meets up with Ms. Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster) - a slick, conniving poker player who picks Maverick's pocket following a brief romantic encounter. When Maverick catches her, he forces her to wash his shirt as punishment. Shrinking his designer shirt, Annabelle runs off to catch a riverboat with Maverick running after her. After boarding the boat, the two are joined by Marshal Zane Cooper (James Garner) - a kind, retired sheriff famous throughout the West. Cooper's chivalry and hospitality greatly contrast with Maverick's brisk demeanor when it comes to dealing with Ms. Bransford.

As the three travel cross country, they face a series of pitfalls such as a dead coach driver who almost runs their coach off the top of a cliff, a showdown with hundreds of Indians, and Maverick's financial dealings with an Archduke from Russia. Separated in the confusion, the three eventually meet again on the Riverboat Lauren Belle, home of the championship poker game hosted by the riverboat's owner Commodore Duvall. Making use of his quick wit, Maverick raises the extra cash he needs to join the poker game (as well as a few thousand extra for Annabelle Bransford). Commodore Duvall puts Marshal Zane Cooper in charge of guarding the $500,000 in entry fees for the tournament in which Angel also happens to be a participant. But in addition to beating Angel, Maverick faces other obstacles of even greater challenge...

Overall, Maverick is great entertainment. The acting is superb on all fronts with standout performances by Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and James Garner. Each of the main characters creates a likeable persona. And what makes this movie a must-see (because the plot leaves much to be desired) is the ability of the on-screen characters to create a personal connection with the audience. Several of the scenes in this film are absolutely hilarious, such as the ones with Joseph (Graham Greene). Maverick isn't the type of movie that will win Academy Awards or leave one pondering the fundamental principles of the universe, but it is a whole lot of fun. And if you want to do is laugh, give this movie a try...

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