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In their hands, a deck of cards was the only thing more dangerous than a gun.
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. He joins forces with a woman gambler with a marvelous southern accent as the two both try and enter the game.
"From the moment I slapped eyes on this hombre, I smelled trouble. And re-fried beans."
Like every Richard Donner film, Maverick is about a half hour too long, not to mention the final act is unnecessarily twist-filled (and predictable twists at that). But this is still a fun, old-fashioned Western romp, with an effortlessly likeable Mel Gibson carrying the film and a neat Lethal Weapon reference that had me chuckling for a good few minutes.
I had forgotten just how charismatic Mel Gibson was. Was.
"Well, now, I bring all sorts of plusses to the table. I hardly ever bluff and I never ever cheat."
TV to film adaptations are pretty much a dime a dozen. They hardly ever standout or even seem to carry any iota of what made the original so memorable to begin with. So anytime one comes along, it's best to be trepidatious about it. But Richard Donner's Maverick, starring Mel Gibson, James Garner, and Jodie Foster, stands out amongst the pack as one of the best tv to film adaptations to ever grace the screen. The comedy, the action, and the fun of the series is all present here, with great actors to make it work that much better. In…
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Using deconstruction of Western tropes to satirize the genre, Richard Donner's Maverick charms by playing with expectations. During act one, Gibson's Maverick is introduced as a skilled card player, gunman, and fighter, but shortly thereafter each of these traits are proven to be fabrications. Not only does this reveal alter the initial signification of his character, but also deflates the archetypal Western hero who is infallibly capable in all aspects. Deconstruction continues throughout the film as Native Americans are revealed to be white men, the real Native Americans are revealed to be conmen, and, most of all, that Zane Cooper and Maverick share a familial bond. On a textual level, the latter turn also alters the signification of the actors'…
I've always had a soft spot for this charming little flick. What a ridiculous climax with the card draw, but I still find myself loving every second.
Hilarious, well acted, well directed, well written, great action, charming, highly entertaining, and highly underrated.
William Goldman's script is so jam-packed with great scenes, sharp lines of dialogue and twists so goofy and entertaining, that the actors who embody the leading roles (Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, and James Garner) are merely the cherries on top of this delicious concoction.
It's charming, fast, and furiously funny.
My favorite scene is the extended one with Gibson and Graham Greene (as Joseph, the most contemporary of contemporary Indians); it's truly hilarious stuff.
Kinda long, kinda boring... needed more card playing.
Wait, why did I watch this? Why did I watch this movie? This is 2 hours long and I watched all of it. I watched a 1994 adaptation of a western television show, starring Mel Gibson.
I guess there must be something okay about it. I don't know; I'm just confused about how I ended up here.
One of my favorite poker movies. It has humor, action, and suspense. I think Jodie Foster and Mel Gibson play off each other very well in this comedic western about three gamblers trying to make it to the big game.
Some guilty pleasure this is. And because it's always been about the gorgeous Jodie Foster for me, ugh, she also reminded me to Disney's comic character Goldie, if you know that menacing western duck lady then you're awesome
I have never been a fan of this film. It always felt over long and over baked. For this brand of light tone, it should have been an hour and a half. But Gibson and Foster do have some great chemistry in scenes, and Garner gives it the old school vibe it is going for with its Western period setting. More excitement or action would have helped.
Nota = 8
I haven't seen the original show but I quite enjoyed this movie. It was a little predictable in places but overall the characters were interesting and it was funny without pushing any of the jokes too hard. I'm not usually a fan of Mel Gibson but he was pretty good in this role, as was Jodie Foster. Watch it if you like comedies or westerns.
Still a delightful, charming flick.
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