Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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.
"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…
There is just something about this movie that I really enjoy.
A childhood favourite from the "openly dissing the gays, but not that frank about the jews yet" period of Mel Gibson's career. It still manages to hold up with that faboulous set and costume design, music, great gags, real-deal stunts and a cast that's having the fun of their lives.
The more I see this the more I like it. Which is true of most Richard Donner movies. The cast is real likable and the story is a lot if fun. And the movie is filled with great character actors and has one of the greatest cameos ever filmed.
everyone's a cheat. everyone's a schemer. and it's all pretty funny.
the film handles the cliches and social issues of the Western genre with a level of lightness and meta humor. add in the excellent cast, and this becomes a great example of Hollywood film.
not to mention, it's one of the best poker sports movies.
dickie donner is one of the most versatile directors (he did a horror, comics movie, action thriller and all of them with great success) so it is no big surprise that he pulled of a highly enjoyable western-comedy as well. teaming up with a winning trio (gibson, goldman, zsigmond) and other solid players (garner, coburn, greene, foster and glover as well) gives the movie a great charm (the only thing taking me out was maverick's inner comment from time to time). maybe un-rightfully overlooked and worth a rewatch...
For the most part, Maverick is a fairly entertaining movie. The first and third acts are particularly fun and contain some pretty good laughs, as well as a light and comedic tone that feels just right. Mel Gibson's performance as the central character is also lively and fun to watch, as are the ones from Jodie Foster and James Garner (who starred in the original TV show). But while all those elements may be entertaining, there are some other issues with the film that I feel hold it back from being any better. For one, the second act is kind of draggy and not as interesting as the opening and closing acts, and my interest honestly started to wane a…
I confess that the first time I saw this it was in parts at a friend's house so I did not give it the attention it deserved. I had picked up a copy of the DVD cheap and had been meaning revisit it because what I did remember was positive. When James Garner passed away, it prompted me to watch it properly from start to finish. This is a western comedy that has it all: superb action sequences, funny jokes, an engaging cast, and an interesting script.
The film is heavy on wacky, episodic hijincks, but they are a blast and I suppose make sense since this is based on the series of the same name. It was a summer…
With the announcement of the sad passing of James Garner over the weekend, it seemed fitting to settle down and watch something that not just starred him, but was a vehicle if only by namesake we will always associate with him. I do have Space Cowboys in the collection and I'll probably find an excuse to watch The Great Escape on Sunday, but this hot and sticky Wednesday, the desert seemed as good a place as any to go.
I have a fondness for the Richard Donner directed Maverick anyway, made in star Mel Gibson's hay day, before he became such a social pariah. The film features several Donner favorites and a few clever cameos for good measure. It certainly…
There is just something about this movie that I really enjoy.
Mel Gibson takes over for James Garner in this wonderful comic western based on the 1950s TV series. But wait--Garner is here too, playing Marshal Zane Cooper, a lawman traveling cross-country with sexy thief Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster) and slick gambler Bret Maverick (Gibson), a fast-talking dandy who would rather play cards than fight. After all, somebody could get hurt in a fight...and it might be Maverick!
William Goldman, who wrote BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID, created a screenplay full of twists, doublecrosses, and--yes--even some wide plotholes, but ignoring them is little problem when you’re having fun. Goldman’s plot concerns Maverick’s efforts to raise $3000 to participate in a high-stakes winner-take-all poker tournament on a Mississippi River boat. The…
Two Different Kinds of Loss to This Movie
There's a lot of James Garner I haven't seen. I meant to see at least one more of his movies today, in tribute, but the only James Garner that Netflix has on instant play is old episodes of The Rockford Files, and while I can review the movies here, I'm not sure it's the movies that Netflix has. So, yeah, I went with this instead. I've seen it before; heck, we own it. And, unlike when I reviewed it over at Rotten Tomatoes, I've known seen a fair chunk of the original TV show, which is finally coming out on DVD. We own a couple of seasons. James Garner is one of…
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