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« : November 02, 2009, 04:06:35 PM »

I don't remember if the tv series was ever televised over here but it must have been brilliant as everything with Garner in the lead. The movie is too long (whole episodes, like the indian one, could habe been easily cut off) and the presence of Garner allows one to see clearly Gibson inadequateness as a comedian. Coburn secondary but brilliant role is another plus while Jodie Foster a clear minus (she's not pretty, really vanishes from the screen and is not a good comedian).  The surprising finale though is good thanx mainly to Garner. 6\10

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« #1 : November 02, 2009, 05:56:07 PM »

Agree, I didn't care for it much either.

I've been revisiting the TV series thanks to Netflix, "Maverick" rotated with "Cheyenne", and "Sugarfoot" during a typical month also in Maverick itself Bret Maverick (Garner) rotated with Jack Kelly who played his brother Bart so you really only got Garner every other month, later Rodger Moore was added as another Maverick Beauregard. Actually checking the data Kelly was in 20 more episodes than Garner.

As with every TV Western I've revisited some episodes are great others not, it all depends on the story & writers and occasionally the director.

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« #2 : November 02, 2009, 09:56:33 PM »

I essentially agree with titoli here; it is entertaining to a certain level but Gibson and Foster are bloody horrible. Jodie Foster is not such a bad actress but she doesn't have that raw attraction to star in a Western, and Mel Gibson... Well, he's been playing the same over the top, nervous, but resourceful type for all his career. Succeeding only in making himself more and more irritating to everybody's senses.


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« #3 : June 10, 2017, 05:09:16 AM »

I likes it  ;)

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Maverick is directed by Richard Donner and written by William Goldman. It stars Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner, with support coming from Alfred Molina, Graham Greene and James Coburn. The music is scored by Randy Newman and Vilmos Zsigmond is on photography. It's based on the 1950s television series of the same name and the plot finds Gibson as Maverick and follows his attempt to take his place in a major five-card draw poker tournament. With Foster and Garner in tow, there's plenty of adventures and misadventures along the way.

After Costner's Dances With Wolves and Eastwood's Unforgiven had reignited interest in the Western genre in the 90s, Richard Donner and his team felt the time was right to unleash a light hearted Western on the mainstream audience. Timing was important, as was the casting, but Maverick is the sort of family friendly fun that could in truth be released at any time in any decade and still be a hit at the box office. It's not particularly clever in narrative or themes, but with its blending of action, romance and comedy seamlessly coming together as a whole, Maverick is practically hard to dislike. Even the cast seem to be having a real good time, with Gibson smooth and roguish, Foster dainty yet spunky and Garner (the original Maverick from the TV show) offering up a sort of stoic maturity over proceedings; with all three playing the comedy with ease (how great it is to see Foster in such a role). Donner and Goldman have also shown respect to both the TV show and the Western in general (check out those lovely landscapes), while it's always fun to play spot the numerous stars in the cameos.

Harmless fluff, then, but always watchable and never once over reaching itself by trying to be something it's not. 7.5/10

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