Bret Maverick (Mel Gibson) is a gun slinger, a ladies man, and a con man. He knows of a large poker tournament where he can will millions and has enough money to gain entrance until he meets Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster) who cons him out of his own money. As money changes hands back and forth between Maverick and Annabelle, neither can seem to get rid of the other long enough to get away. Soon a 3rd joins the party, Marshall Zane Cooper (James Garner) who seems to just want to give Maverick all kinds of hell, and assist Annabelle in any way he can. When the tournament starts, Maverick discovers there are other people he has to watch other than just Annabelle and Cooper.
Directed by Richard Donner, (Superman, Lethal Weapon, Assassins), Maverick is a one-of-a-kind charming and funny adventure that has a lot of heart and poker. Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster have great chemistry together and they play fight with each other the whole time. James Garner, the original Maverick from the show, is also a great addition to the story as the law who is trying to catch Maverick. I remember seeing Maverick when I was barely a teenager and loving the comedy and the poker aspect of the film. Now as an adult, it still entertains and it appears on my personal top 100 list. For those who haven’t seen Maverick, sit back and enjoy the fun! Co-starring Alfred Molina, James Coburn and cameos from Corey Feldman and Danny Glover.
9/10 Stars – My favorite “western.” Charming and funny and a whole lot of poker!
Everyone should see Maverick! It is an awesome film, and not at all what you think it will be when you first turn it on. I think I first watched this accidentally. My dad was watching it on TV and I sat down thinking it was one of his boring westerns but it so was NOT! I was hooked. Maverick is surprisingly funny; even after having seen it many times over. Mel Gibson is adorable and he and Jodie Foster play well off one another. And well James Garner is like the icing on top. Love the story, love the acting, love love love this movie in general.
10/10 Stars – I should probably move this higher on my top 100 list now that I think about it!
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