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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Mel Gibson
Jodie Foster
James Garner
Directors
Richard Donner
Screenwriters
William Goldman
Running Time
122 minutes

Maverick
Remake of classic 60's Western TV series.


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Plot
A gambling cowboy is determined to enter a huge poker tournament but the only problem is, he is short of another $3,000 before he can enter so with the help of his rabble of friends, he sets about collecting all his debts, while gambling a little naturally, to raise the entrance fee.


Verdict
Mel Gibson was in his mid-90's prime when he made this remake of the successful TV series. The plot is one the original writers would have been proud of and with Garner, himself, appearing it gives the film a seal of approval. A rare performance from Foster who is surprisingly funny and Molina giving a good supporting performance, it's an enjoyable family film.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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