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It isn't terribly deep, but it's witty and undeniably charming, and the cast is obviously having fun.



Total Count: 53


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This witty western follows the exploits of card sharp Brett Maverick. Needing to raise enough cash to enter a major poker tournament, Maverick enters a small-town card game and finds himself in trouble when he walks away with the pot, a woman's heart, and a man's anger.


Mel Gibson
as Bret Maverick
Jodie Foster
as Annabelle Bransford
James Garner
as Marshal Zane Cooper
Dub Taylor
as Room Clerk
James Coburn
as Commodore
Geoffrey Lewis
as Matthew Wicker
Paul L. Smith
as The Archduke
Dan Hedaya
as Twitchy
Dennis Fimple
as Stuttering
Denver Pyle
as Old Gambler
Clint Black
as Beauregard
Max Perlich
as Johnny Hardin
Art La Fleur
as Poker Player
Paul Tuerpé
as Poker Player
Jean De Baer
as Margaret Mary
Paul Brinegar
as Stage Driver
Hal Ketchum
as Bank Robber
Corey Feldman
as Bank Robber
Danny Glover
as Bank Robber
John Woodward
as Bank Robber
John Meier
as Unshaven Man
Steve Chambers
as Unshaven Man
Doc Duhame
as Unshaven Man
Frank Orsatti
as Unshaven Man
Lauren Shuler Donner
as Bathhouse Maid
John R. Woodward
as Bank Robber
Courtney Barilla
as Music Box Girl
Kimberly Cullum
as Music Box Girl
Gary Richard Frank
as Crooked Dealer
John Mills Goodloe
as Telegraph Operator
Vilmos Zsigmond
as Albert Bierstadt
Waylon Jennings
as Man With Concealed Gun
Kathy Mattea
as Woman with Concealed Gun
J. Mills Goodloe
as Telegraph Operator
Vince Gill
as Spectator
Janice Gill
as Spectator
Chuck Hart
as Riverboat Poker Player
Doug McClure
as Riverboat Poker Player
Henry Darrow
as Riverboat Poker Player
Michael Paul Chan
as Riverboat Poker Player
Margot Kidder
as Mary Margaret
Richard Blum
as Riverboat Poker Player
Bert Remsen
as Riverboat Poker Player
Robert Fuller
as Riverboat Poker Player
Calvin Bartlett
as Riverboat Poker Player
Donal Gibson
as Riverboat Poker Player
William Marshall
as Riverboat Poker Player
Bill Henderson
as Riverboat Poker Player
Cal Bartlett
as Riverboat Poker Player
Art LaFleur
as Poker Player
William Smith
as Riverboat Poker Player
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Critic Reviews for Maverick

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (18)

  • [Maverick] succeeds, just barely, on the good will of its stars and the sumptuousness of its Western locations.

    Sep 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • By the time Donner crowds his climactic poker game with a bevy of veteran Western character actors, decades of movie tradition have been reduced to window dressing, and Maverick leaves you hungry for the real thing.

    Sep 2, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • [Gibson and Garner] can make you smile contentedly even when the script is wandering and they're just sort of standing around waiting for its next good part to develop.

    Sep 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Maverick is smart-alecky without being very smart. It's full of spoofy, har-dee-har-har ribaldries -- this film practically winks at you.

    Sep 2, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This movie doesn't have the wry kick of the TV show at its best. Too rich, too loaded, Maverick may have misplayed its cards, kept its eyes on the pot instead of the players. In movies, as in poker, you can't always trust a pat hand.

    Sep 2, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Maverick never takes itself seriously, which establishes the tone for serious fun. Goldman's screenplay is a model of ingenuity, setting increasingly complicated traps for the three leads, and rather amazed that they wriggle free.

    Sep 2, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Maverick

  • Oct 20, 2017
    Adapted from the hit '50s television series, Maverick is a fun and exciting western from director Richard Donner. On his way to the All River's Draw Poker Championship professional card player Bret Maverick gets into a series of misadventures while trying to collect the last three thousand dollars of his entry fee. Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Alfred Molina, and James Garner, the film has a great cast that delivers some really good performances. And the comedy is lighthearted and campy in all the right ways (without being too cute or slapsticky). Also, the fight scenes and chases are energetic and action-packed. A film that the whole family can enjoy, Maverick is entertaining and delivers a lot of laughs.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2015
    Gibson has never looked crazier in a movie (Lethal Weapon included). His constant mugging for the camera here isn't funny, it's painful. Donner does his best with the material, but it never feels as fun as it wants to be.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 19, 2012
    When Maverick first came out I absolutely loved it & thought the movie was hilarious.I just watched it yesterday & realized I don't like it as much as I use to.It still has a couple funny moment's but nothing that really stands out.The best thing about Maverick were the couple twists towards the end & the final twist that I should've seen coming a mile away but didn't.It's an OK movie but it's not as good as I remembered & hoped it would still be
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 27, 2011
    We are all in the middle of a poker game and its obvious that everyone is bluffing, but I couldn't have told you what the winning hand was going to be. This movie was filled with coincidences too over-the-top that just happened to develop the plot precisely as needed, but I give an extra star for the set and costume designs.
    Matthew S Super Reviewer

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