Maverick (Snap Case Packaging)
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THIS FUN-FILLED WESTERN ROMP ABOUT A CHARMING CON-MAN IS BASEDON THE CLASSIC TV SERIES. FEATURES SCENE ACCESS AND PRODUCTIONNOTES.
Inspired by the 1960s TV series that starred James Garner in the title role, this lightweight Western from 1994 proved to be a surprising box-office hit. Well, maybe not such a big surprise, since it's from the star and director of the Lethal Weapon movies, and operates with a similar combination of mainstream plotting and easygoing humor. Mel Gibson stars as card-playing gunslinger Brett Maverick, who meets up with wily gambler Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster) and a marshal named Zane Cooper (James Garner, trading his old role to Gibson) on his way to the World Series of poker in St. Louis. Maverick's trying to raise the $5,000 needed to join the high-stakes contest, but that's easier said than done due to a lot of unscrupulous competition and a twisting plot of tricks and deceptions. It's all played for laughs and action, so the movie never wears out its welcome, despite a running time that could've used a good trimming. It's also fun to see the rapport between Gibson and Garner, as if the present and former Mavericks were a kind of surrogate son and father, bonded by their mutual skill in charming and conning their way through tight spots. Director Richard Donner also pays tribute to old Westerns by casting veterans of the genre in cameo roles (including Bert Remsen, Dub Taylor, and Denver Pyle), and Gibson's Lethal Weapon costar Danny Glover pops in for a surprise appearance. None of this really adds up to much since the movie makes no pretense about taking itself seriously, but that's precisely why audiences found it so entertaining. --Jeff Shannon
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For some reason this movie is not priced consistently with other movies of its age. It should be at least $5 cheaper. Still, it is worth the money for as good of a movie as this is.
Richard Donner directed a mild spoof of the old TV series that starred James Garner and Jack Kelly as the brothers Maverick, gamblers in the old wild west.
This remake stars Mel Gibson, as brother Bret, but brother Bart is nowhere to be seen. Gibson, we learn, is heading for what is, for lack of a better term, "the World Series of Poker" and needs to come by an extra $5,000 to make his entry fee. On the way he has many adventures that make up the story. Somebody is trying to keep Maverick from getting to the big game, but who? There are many twists and turns and the final outcome is hard to predict as it so well played out by all and sundry.
Maverick, of course, is Mel Gibson - his main support is provided by fellow gambler Jodie Foster, who plays a disarmingly charming yet deadly wench. On the other side we have veteran James Garner, the original Maverick from the TV series. Garner is Marshall Zane Cooper, who guards the $500,000 in entry fees. Alfred Molina plays a tough hombre who seems to be stalking Maverick.
The supporting cast is almost a who's who of old western movie stars like James Coburn, Denver Pyle, William Smith, Doug McClure, and Dub Taylor. You'll doubtless spot more familiar faces as even Mel's "Lethal Weapon" partner Danny Glover gets into the act in a laugh out loud moment. Superior kudos must go to Graham Green, who plays a Plains Indian who is a scamming partner of Maverick's. Their antics alone are worth the price of admission.
When you need a laugh, Maverick is a movie that will always come through. Good for the entire family.
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