Maverick

Maverick

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Director: Richard Donner

Cast: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner

     
 

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A gunslinging con man develops a tricky scheme to make a killing at a major poker tournament in this comic Western inspired by the popular television show. Mel Gibson assumes the role of Bret Maverick, the handsome rogue who hopes to cheat his way to success. In need of a large stake to enter a major card competition on a Louisiana steamboat, Maverick decides to take… See more details below

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A gunslinging con man develops a tricky scheme to make a killing at a major poker tournament in this comic Western inspired by the popular television show. Mel Gibson assumes the role of Bret Maverick, the handsome rogue who hopes to cheat his way to success. In need of a large stake to enter a major card competition on a Louisiana steamboat, Maverick decides to take advantage of a few small-town poker players. These include the seemingly sweet Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster) and the intimidating Angel (Alfred Molina), neither of whom is too happy about their loss. Things become even more complicated for Maverick when the law gets involved, with Marshal Zane Cooper (James Garner, who played the role of Maverick in the original television series) giving chase. A series of stagecoach chases, complicated cons, and gun battles ensues, with Annabelle and Maverick finding time for plenty of flirtation along the way.

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Mel Gibson transplants his winking, nothing-can-go-wrong attitude from the Lethal Weapon movies to this high-energy, tongue-in-cheek update of the classic Western TV series, co-starring James Garner and Jodie Foster. After three previous collaborations, Gibson and Richard Donner are so familiar with one another that Maverick feels effortless, even during its big production numbers and smartly choreographed chase sequences. This is both an endearing quality and a fault of the film. Everyone is having such a good time, and the tone is so light, that even when Gibson is tied up on horseback with a noose around his neck, about to be lynched, he seems to know the situation will have a humorous outcome. The result is a film utterly satisfied with existing as big-budget escapism, whose empty core is beside the point. Beyond Gibson at his most glib and charming, Maverick finds Garner in winning form, serving as the link to the old series, and Foster indulging in surprisingly commercial fare by her standards, to good effect. This cartoon world of gunslingers, whose wit is as quick as their draw, culminates in a grand riverboat poker game, full of double, triple, and quadruple crosses. It's nothing more than a pre-packaged popcorn flick, but it's a reasonably fun one. Maverick was screenwriter William Goldman's first return to the Old West after Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/08/2009
UPC:
0883929084739
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
2:01:00
Sales rank:
13,436

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Bret Maverick
Jodie Foster Annabelle Bransford
James Garner Marshal Zane Cooper
Graham Greene Joseph
James Coburn Commodore Duvall
Noah Emmerich Actor
Alfred Molina Angel
Paul Smith The Archduke
Geoffrey Lewis Matthew Wicker
Max Perlich Johnny Hardin
Dub Taylor Room Clerk
Robert Fuller Riverboat Poker Player
Doug McClure Riverboat Poker Player
Bert Remsen Riverboat Poker Player
Denver Pyle Old Gambler
Will Hutchins Actor
Clint Black Sweet-Faced Gambler
Waylon Jennings Man With Concealed Gun
Kathy Mattea Woman with Concealed Gun
Marion Dougherty Actor
Linda Hunt Actor
Clint Walker Actor
Dan Hedaya Twitchy
Dennis Fimple Stuttering
Art La Fleur Poker Player
Paul Tuerpé Poker Player
Jean de Baer Margret Mary
Paul Brinegar Stage Driver
Hal Ketchum Bank Robber
Corey Feldman Bank Robber
John R. Woodward Bank Robber
John Meier Unshaven Man
Steve Chambers Unshaven Man
Doc Duhame Unshaven Man
Frank Orsatti Unshaven Man
Lauren Shuler-Donner Bathhouse Maid
Courtney Barilla Music Box Girl
Kimberly Cullum Music Box Girl
Read Morgan Dealer
Stephen Liska Dealer
J. Mills Goodloe Telegraph Operator
William Smith Riverboat Poker Player
Chuck Hart Riverboat Poker Player
Henry Darrow Riverboat Poker Player
Michael Paul Chan Riverboat Poker Player
Richard Blum Riverboat Poker Player
Donal Gibson Riverboat Poker Player
Jack Garner Porter
Danny Glover Bank Robber
Margot Kidder Mary Margaret
Leo V. Gordon Poker Player
Vince Gill Spectator
Calvin Bartlett Riverboat Poker Player

Technical Credits
Richard Donner Director,Producer
Stuart Baird Editor
Tony Brown Production Designer
Alexander B. Collett Associate Producer
John Connor Cinematographer
Bruce Davey Producer
Lisa Dean Set Decoration/Design
Daniel Dorrance Art Director
Marion Dougherty Casting
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
William Goldman Screenwriter
Joseph Hodges Set Decoration/Design
Mike Kelly Editor
Clark King Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Luport Special Effects
Matt Sweeney Special Effects
Randy Newman Score Composer
Thom Noble Editor
Mic Ridgers Stunts
Thomas Sanders Production Designer
Neil Smith Special Effects
Richard Solomon Co-producer
Bob Stoker Special Effects
Jim Van Wyck Asst. Director,Co-producer
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Maverick - Standard
1. End of the Rope [2:58]
2. New Dude [3:37]
3. Poker and Promise [3:41]
4. Fast-Draw Poker [3:37]
5. Game Breaks Up [1:40]
6. Whip Hand [1:51]
7. Poker Humor [1:30]
8. After Hours [5:48]
9. Familiar Faces [3:48]
10. Rainy-Day Stash [2:10]
11. Coming Up Short [1:52]
12. "True Gentleman" [4:17]
13. Personal Payback [1:25]
14. Runaway Stage [3:45]
15. Helping hands [3:33]
16. $30,000 Opportunity [4:50]
17. Squabbling Stalkers [3:37]
18. Straight Shooting [3:37]
19. St. Maverick [1:50]
20. With the Hostiles [5:13]
21. Don't Tease Him [3:50]
22. Hunting "Savage" [4:16]
23. Friends? [2:12]
24. Date with a Noose [3:27]
25. The Lauren Belle [1:48]
26. Archduke's Fine [2:35]
27. Commodore Welcome [4:18]
28. Poker Montage [1:31]
29. Cheaters Overboard [1:59]
30. The Finalists [2:38]
31. Final Countdown [3:02]
32. Beating Deadline [2:04]
33. Holds Her Breath [1:50]
34. Crooked Dealing [2:32]
35. Face Down [5:01]
36. Tables Turned [2:57]
37. The Goodbye Card [2:55]
38. Round Campfire [3:33]
39. Visitor in Bath [1:44]
40. Similarities [1:41]
41. Advice from Pappy [1:39]
Disc #1, Side B -- Maverick - Widescreen
1. End of the Rope [2:58]
2. New Dude [3:37]
3. Poker and Promise [3:41]
4. Fast-Draw Poker [3:37]
5. Game Breaks Up [1:40]
6. Whip Hand [1:51]
7. Poker Humor [1:30]
8. After Hours [5:48]
9. Familiar Faces [3:48]
10. Rainy-Day Stash [2:10]
11. Coming Up Short [1:52]
12. "True Gentleman" [4:17]
13. Personal Payback [1:25]
14. Runaway Stage [3:45]
15. Helping hands [3:33]
16. $30,000 Opportunity [4:50]
17. Squabbling Stalkers [3:37]
18. Straight Shooting [3:37]
19. St. Maverick [1:50]
20. With the Hostiles [5:13]
21. Don't Tease Him [3:50]
22. Hunting "Savage" [4:16]
23. Friends? [2:12]
24. Date with a Noose [3:27]
25. The Lauren Belle [1:48]
26. Archduke's Fine [2:35]
27. Commodore Welcome [4:18]
28. Poker Montage [1:31]
29. Cheaters Overboard [1:59]
30. The Finalists [2:38]
31. Final Countdown [3:02]
32. Beating Deadline [2:04]
33. Holds Her Breath [1:50]
34. Crooked Dealing [2:32]
35. Face Down [5:01]
36. Tables Turned [2:57]
37. The Goodbye Card [2:55]
38. Round Campfire [3:33]
39. Visitor in Bath [1:44]
40. Similarities [1:41]
41. Advice from Pappy [1:39]

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