Bret Maverick, needing money for a poker tournament, faces various comic mishaps and challenges, including a charming woman thief.


Richard Donner


Roy Huggins (television series Maverick), William Goldman
3,833 ( 287)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Mel Gibson ... Bret Maverick
Jodie Foster ... Annabelle Bransford
James Garner ... Marshal Zane Cooper
Graham Greene ... Joseph
Alfred Molina ... Angel
James Coburn ... Commodore Duvall
Dub Taylor ... Room Clerk
Geoffrey Lewis ... Matthew Wicker / Eugene, Banker
Paul L. Smith ... The Archduke
Dan Hedaya ... Twitchy, Riverboat Poker Player
Dennis Fimple ... Stuttering
Denver Pyle ... Old Gambler on Riverboat
Clint Black ... Sweet-Faced Gambler
Max Perlich ... Johnny Hardin
Art LaFleur ... Poker Player (as Art La Fleur)


Maverick is recreated from the character James Garner created in the 1950s TV program. 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, all with a light hearted air. He joins forces with a woman gambler with a marvelous, though fake, southern accent as the two both try and enter the game. Written by John Vogel <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In their hands, a deck of cards was the only thing more dangerous than a gun. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild sensuality, language and some western action | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Jodie Foster's character is named Annabelle, which is also the name of her character in the Disney film Freaky Friday (1976)(although there the name was spelled Annabel). See more »


The hair of the stuntman doing the runaway stagecoach stunts is noticeably different. See more »


Angel: [after everyone says Maverick paid them to get knocked down] You boys should have seen me first. I'd have let you fall down for free!
[Picks up pan and starts hitting everyone]
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Alternate Versions

Several unusual cases of overdubbing occur on the TV print to mask swear words. The term "son-of-a-bitch" is overdubbed "snake in the grass". At one point, Maverick says "I worked my hand off..." instead of the original "I worked my ass off..." See more »


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Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
Written by Thomas Moore
[Based on traditional Irish air. Instrumental version played on piano during riverboat sequence]
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User Reviews

Most underrated movie ever
7 December 2001 | by kicker760See all my reviews

This is among Mel's best. It has absolutely everything you could want for a hit. Bert...I mean a multi-dimensional character that changes from humorous to serious seamlessly. Jodie Foster is an excellent faux-Southern belle. And James Garner plays the veteran lawman to the T.

This movie has humor, but not gross-out humor. The tongue-in-cheek, James Bond/Lethal Weapon kind of humor. Like Miss Bransford looking in both of their tubs to "compare" the two, without ever saying anything. It has decent action and suspense, and the last 15 minutes has more plot turns that most mysteries.

This is one of my personal favorites, one I can watch over and over again. I believe this gets none of the credit it deserves. It seems to have a stigma because most movies based on TV shows (i.e. Beverly Hillbillies) well, suck.

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Release Date:

20 May 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maverick See more »

Filming Locations:

Lee's Ferry, Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,248,545, 22 May 1994

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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