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Maverick (1994)

Director:
Richard Donner
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Western/Comedy
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Maverick
RUNNING TIME
127 minutes
Producer:
Bruce Davey
Richard Donner
Screenwriter:
William Goldman
Based on the TV-series "Maverick" by:
Roy Huggins


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Bret Maverick Mel Gibson
Annabelle Bransford Jodie Foster
Zane Cooper James Garner
Joseph Graham Greene
Angel Alfred Molina
Commodore James Coburn
Room Clerk Dub Taylor
Matthew Wicker Geoffrey Lewis
Twitchy Dan Hedaya
Johnny Hardin Max Perlich
Bank Robber Corey Feldman
Bathhouse Maid Lauren Shuler-Donner

 

Review

Evocative and humorous comedy with a spirit that easily outshines the rather giddy script by veteran writer William Goldman. The direction is by Richard Donner, and he is in a free-flowing vein of form, reuniting with Mel Gibson (and briefly Danny Glover), and transmitting and developing the carefree energy that characterized his Lethal Weapon. An energy that fits the character of Bret Maverick perfectly.

It was a year in Hollywood where little or nothing could go wrong not even a remake of an old western series in which James Garner passes the baton on to Mel Gibson. There is something instant and triumphant about Maverick like a babbling, lively kid who you just can't dislike, even if he is a little too much. Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster pull, twitch and twaddle their way through the plot in charismatic ways, both delivering some of the best work of their careers. Great dialogue combined with amusing twists and a genuine appreciation for classic, synthetic Hollywood-values lay the foundation for this fine symbiosis.

Re-reviewed: Copyright 17.11.2007 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
Original review: Copyright 19
.8.1996 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang