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Maverick

"Jodie Foster is perfect as likeable, feisty Southern belle Annabelle Bransford"

"the whole tongue-in-cheek approach is hilariously funny"

Maverick with Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster and James Garner

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). Under-rated by the critics on its release, the seductive three-some of Mel Gibson, James Garner and Jodie Foster; finally get through a maze of poker games and double-crossings to get to a surprising, and satisfying ending.

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