Maverick (1994)

Richard Donner directs Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner in this blockbuster western where a card sharp teams up with a lady thief and a cowardly Marshall to get to a big poker tournament on a steamboat.

Silly and episodic, unashamedly a vehicle for its three headliners to bicker, pratfall and bond. It gallumps along on a lavish budget and the easy going energy of its stars. Always fun but you do miss the long abandoned quick fire, stunt spectacular chutzpah of the first half once we are churning through every possible derivation of double and triple crosses by the end. Big screen reboots of creaky telly shows were big business in 90s, this is one of the stronger reimaginings.


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