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Maverick [DVD] [1994]


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  • Actors: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, Alfred Molina
  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Writers: Roy Huggins, William Goldman
  • Producers: Richard Donner, Alexander B. Collett, Bruce Davey, Jim Van Wyck
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German, English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RYAS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,989 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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audio inglese sottotitoli italianodisavventure di bret maverick, simpatico imbroglione, elegante e arguto parassita alle prese con una gara di poker a eliminazione e con l'affascinante annabelle, spregiudicata e rapace fanciulla del sud. ispirato a una popolare serie tv (1957-61) che diede fama e florido conto in banca a garner (qui nella parte di zane cooper, giocatore professionista), e' un allegro ballo di imbroglioni che conferma un'antica regola del cinema hollywoodiano sull'estrema difficolta' di mettere il western in parodia. megaproduzione (65 miliardi di lire con gibson in veste anche di coproduttore), un cast di prim'ordine, poche idee. nell'ottocento maverick indicava la bestia non marchiata a fuoco e, piu' avanti, chi non voleva affiliarsi a un partito regolare.

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The joined-at-the-hip team of director Richard Donner and star Mel Gibson (all the Lethal Weapon movies and Conspiracy Theory) had obvious fun resurrecting the Wild Western comedy television series about a roguish rambler-gambler. In Maverick, Gibson assumes the role of cardsharp Bret Maverick, equally quick with a pair of aces and a pair of guns. Good sport James Garner (who played Maverick on TV) takes another role, as a lawman who travels alongside the hero to a big-money poker game on a riverboat. The real peach in this fruit salad of satire and broad jokes, however, is Jodie Foster, who plays a crafty Southern belle quite adept at poker herself. Sexy, funny, and (from the onscreen evidence) a great kisser, Foster has never been more of a delight. Written by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan 2011
Format: DVD
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. Timming 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 cameos.

Harmless fluff, then, but always watchable and never once over reaching itself by trying to be something its not. 8/10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edwin Leeuwis on 25 Feb 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The transfer to Blu-ray isn't the best out there, but I just had to have this movie on Blu-ray, one of my favorite comedy/westerns ever made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HBH on 30 Sep 2011
Format: DVD
Maverick is a good film inspired by the television series of the same name. The performances from the principal cast are good even if they are just in the most part playing it for laughs. Overall, a good film but don't expect too much from it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Donaldson on 28 Mar 2009
Format: DVD
Maverick is a gentle reminder of how good Mel Gibson is in light comedic roles. There are a few laugh out loud moments but mostly this film makes you smile. With camoes a plenty and a ravishing looking Jodie Foster this film is over before you know it. The sunny western settings look delightfully fake and everyone gives it there all. Danny Glover pops up as a bank robber and Alfred Molina is great as the hissable villain. I just enjoyed familiar face spotting especially during the climactic card game. Its a shame Mr Gibson went on to making historically inaccurate epics and getting himself arrested. He is a pleasure to watch in this as is James Garner. The DVD itself is a bit bare but the quality of the film makes up for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sue Smith on 2 Feb 2013
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What do you get if you put James Garner, one of the best deliverers of humour in Hollywood's history, Mel Gibson who shows an aptitude for comedy which may have served him better than some of his more violent movies, and Jodie Foster who shows the breadth of her acting ability from Silence of the Lambs to this movie?
Answer...Maverick. If you're miserable, watch it, if you're not...still watch it. Wonderful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb 2010
Format: DVD
Roy Huggins the creator of Maverick is one of those persons whose name does not spring to mind when you think of westerns, which is sad because he was a person who was one of the creative driving forces behind the genre. He was best known as a writer, and was a workaholic whose canon of work was prodigious. In a long career he was best known for his work on TV series. As well as Maverick which ran from September 1957 to July 1962, he also wrote on other TV western series like, "Cheyenne", "The Virginian" and "Alias Smith and Jones". His one film as a director was the superb "Hangman's Knot", which starred Randolph Scott. What a pity it was his only outing in the director's chair! In an eventful career, Huggins a one time communist, also gave evidence before the "House Committee of Un-American Activities", where he named fellow members. He is a man who deserves a mention in western despatches.

The original Maverick TV series starred James Garner as Bart Maverick and Jack Kelly as his brother Bret. The characters were deliberately developed to violate all the accepted western codes of honour and much used clichés. The Maverick's preferred not to fight, not to save people at personal risk to them, and not to keep up appearances for the sake of it. As professional gamblers they were happy to cheat criminals and outsmart the honest. It should also be mentioned that despite their reluctance to fight they were extremely adept with both guns and fist. It is to this amusing code of living that director Richard Donner adheres to in a feature film version of the series. Donner who himself made the TV series "Dead or Alive" that propelled Steve McQueen to fame, also pays homage to other series westerns and films from the past in light hearted fashion.
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By col on 23 May 2014
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Such a funny film If I said "you were holding your breath", if you watch the film, you will learn a lot if you are a card player,!
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