Maverick

  • Film
  • Action and adventure
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Richard Donner's big-screen offshoot of the old TV Western series, from a Butch Cassidy-meets-The Sting script by William Goldman, is slick, cute, formula, and full of lazy gags. Gibson lobs in a narcissistic performance as card-sharp Brett Maverick, up to his neck in oater shenanigans with the likes of con-woman Annabelle (Foster, not a natural comic), 'Marshal' Zane Cooper (Garner, the original TV Maverick), bandido Angel (Molina), and Indian chief Joseph (Greene, in a turn that comes on as PC but seems somehow offensive). A financially successful exercise in target-marketing, but not much of a movie.

Release details

Duration: 127 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Richard Donner
Screenwriter: William Goldman
Cast: Mel Gibson
Jodie Foster
James Garner
Graham Greene
Alfred Molina
James Coburn
Dub Taylor
Geoffrey Lewis
Denver Pyle

Average User Rating

1.3 / 5

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G. Artigue

The conspiracy between Maverick and his father nullifies the conspiracy between Cooper and the Commodore, which in turn erases any trace of need for Maverick to enter, let alone to win, the draw poker tournament. Over 90% of the movie is about Maverick trying to make it to the poker game and, once there, trying hard to win it, which is a serious flaw in the screenplay to the extent that renders the entire movie unnecessary. It could have not been done, and yet it is out there and has been for nearly tweenty years.

G. Artigue

The conspiracy between Maverick and his father nullifies the conspiracy between Cooper and the Commodore, which in turn erases any trace of need for Maverick to enter, let alone to win, the draw poker tournament. Over 90% of the movie is about Maverick trying to make it to the poker game and, once there, trying hard to win it, which is a serious flaw in the screenplay to the extent that renders the entire movie unnecessary. It could have not been done, and yet it is out there and has been for nearly tweenty years.