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* ''Series/{{Maverick}}'', 1959 TV series starring James Garner
* ''Film/{{Maverick}}'', 1994 film adaptation of the series
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''{{Maverick}}'' (1994) is a Western comedy {{film}} based on the 1950s television series of the same name, created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by RichardDonner from a screenplay by William Goldman and features MelGibson, JodieFoster, and James Garner.

Bret Maverick is a wisecracking gambler who wants to win a {{poker}} championship - only partly for the money, but mainly to prove once and for all that he's the best at poker. However, [[HilarityEnsues complications keep arising]]. First, he starts off $3,000 short of the $25,000 entry fee for the contest. His efforts to make up the difference spark off much of the plot, as well as diversions caused by, and in the company of, three people he encounters at Crystal River: an antagonist named Angel (Alfred Molina), a young con-artist calling herself Mrs Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster), and legendary lawman Marshal Zane Cooper (James Garner, who played Bret Maverick in the original TV series). The first two are also rival poker players.

The three share a stagecoach (whose driver dies at full gallop), agree to help a wagon train of migrant evangelist settlers who have been waylaid by ruffians (for a fee which Maverick in the end is too big-hearted to accept), and are headed-off by a troop of Indians (who, unbeknownst to his companions, are good friends with Maverick), who agree to help Maverick collect the rest of the fee (by swindling a Russian Grand Duke). After this, though, Maverick's adventures get a little crazy, especially since somebody has good reason to make sure Maverick never makes it to the poker game...

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design.
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!! This movie contains examples of:
* AffectionatePickpocket: Annabelle Bransford does this to Maverick twice in the same scene. The first time he notices and makes her give his wallet back, the second time he's so overwhelmed he doesn't notice and has to track her down later.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Skewered during the encounter with the tribe of Indians. Maverick speaks their language just fine (and the Indians know English) and "translates" for the rest of the group, saying that they have trespassed on sacred ground, and the Indians' gods demand a sacrifice. Meanwhile, the subtitles relate the actual conversation: the chief just wants to know if Maverick has come for the money he owes him.
** And if Mrs. Bransford's "available".
* BankRobbery: Maverick is a bystander.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: The title character does this to some robbers.
* ChekhovsGun: Maverick's trying to know which card he just picked is without looking at it.
* ConMenHateGuns: Played with. Maverick maybe quick on the draw, but he rarely fires his gun, and even then, he's more likely to shoot a gun out of his opponent's hand.
* TheDragon: Angel is this to [[spoiler: the Commodore]].
* FakeUltimateHero: Marshal Zane Cooper.
* FastestGunInTheWest: Maverick shows off his quick-draw skills in a poker game. The man he faces off against is named "Johnny Hardin", AKA the Real Life outlaw "John Wesley Hardin". Afterward, Hardin acknowledges that Maverick is fast.
** He better be, he's a horrible shot.
*** [[ObfuscatingStupidity Or so he claims.]] When we actually see him shoot though he appears to be an expert shot and his opponents only live because he lets them.
* TheFilmOfTheSeries
* FriendsAllAlong: Maverick and the Indian tribe.
** Also, Maverick and the bank manager he pulls a gun on.
*** For that matter, [[spoiler:Maverick and Cooper]].
* GambitPileup: [[spoiler:Angel and the Commodore vs. the Commodore and Cooper vs. Cooper and Maverick.]]
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Chief Joseph to Maverick.
* GunTwirling: Maverick's flashy gunplay largely covers up the fact that he can't shoot.
** Oh he can shoot all right. Just can't seem to hit.
*** [[ObfuscatingStupidity On purpose.]]
** It doubles as {{foreshadowing}} as well; at the tournament, we see that Maverick and [[spoiler: Cooper's gun twirling is exactly the same]].
* IAmOneOfThoseToo: Bret Maverick wants to expose/embarrass the con woman "Mrs. Bransford".
-->'''Maverick:''' I can't quite place your accent. Where in the South are you from? \\
'''Mrs. Bransford:''' Ever been to Mobile? (pause) That's where I'm from. \\
'''Maverick:''' Mobile, Alabama? Hell, I've been there. I'll bet we know the same people. You start. \\
'''Mrs. Bransford:''' I've tried so hard to forget that place.
* InjunCountry: Lampooned. Maverick's Indian friend is a sly, greedy conman who helps Maverick pull a trick on his companions and is in the process of bilking money from a wealthy white hunter.
* InMediasRes: The movie opens with Maverick about to be hanged, at about halfway through the overall story.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: The Danny Glover gag in the bank robbery scene.
* KissOfDistraction: This is a favorite technique of Annabelle, which she usually uses to steal things. Maverick is very GenreSavvy about it. An ArentYouGoingToRavishMe moment leds him to say, "Are you crazy? I'm not going to sleep with you! I'd wake up with all kinds of things missing!"
* LegacyCharacter: Played with. [[spoiler: Cooper is actually Maverick's father, played by James Garner, who played the original Maverick on TV. So if the movie is a continuation of the show, it means the name "Maverick" is synonymous with conning and card-sharking.]]
* TheMagicPokerEquation: Played with. Subversion: [[spoiler: Maverick is one card short of a royal flush, from which he deduces that the deck is stacked. He wins the game by getting someone other than the crooked dealer to deal him that one card.]]
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Maverick refuses to confirm whether he cheated [[spoiler: drawing the Ace of Spades to complete the Royal Flush]] by saying it was "magic". His father smiles, and it's evident it doesn't really matter in the long run.
* MyFavoriteShirt: Maverick gets angry (or possibly pretends to) when his shirt is damaged during a fight.
* NoExceptYes:
-->'''Coop:''' See, my feeling is that if there weren't any women none of us would be here. \\
'''Maverick:''' What kind of sense does that make? If there were no men, we wouldn't be here either. \\
'''Coop:''' Are you mocking me? \\
'''Maverick:''' Don't get ruffled. Let's just say I was agreeing with you in a totally unusual way.
* ProfessionalGambler: Several characters, including all of the travelers.
* RemakeCameo: James Garner, the original Bret Maverick, plays [[spoiler:Maverick's dad]] in the movie.
** Which is also a bit of a TomatoSurprise, as it's not revealed until the end of the movie, though both know it (which puts the TakeMyHand example below in a bit of a different light. In fact, it puts almost all of their interactions in a different light.)
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Maverick uses this ability to track the fake Indians.
** Although most of it is parodied just to mess with Anabelle. Really he just follows the horseshoe prints.
* ShoutOut: Danny Glover plays a bank robber who mutters [[LethalWeapon "I am too old for this"]].
* SlapSlapKiss: Maverick's relationship with Annabell Bransford.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: The Commodore's cigar during the final hand of the tournament.
* SwordOverHead: Coop does this (with a stick) to the Commodore.
* TakeMyHand: Maverick accidentally falls over the edge of a cliff but barely manages to hold onto the edge. Marshal Zane Cooper offers to help him, but Maverick refuses because he despises Cooper. Maverick almost falls to his death and changes his mind, begging for help, and is pulled to safety.
* TheWildWest
* [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent What The Hell Is That Accent?]]: Maverick asks this of Annabelle.
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:The Commodore's plan. No matter who won that tournament, he knew he'd be splitting the money with them or arranging for them to be robbed.]]
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''{{Maverick}}'' (1994) is a Western comedy {{film}} based on the 1950s television series of the same name, created by Roy Huggins. The film was directed by RichardDonner from a screenplay by William Goldman and features MelGibson, JodieFoster, and James Garner.

Bret Maverick is a wisecracking gambler who wants to win a {{poker}} championship - only partly for the money, but mainly to prove once and for all that he's the best at poker. However, [[HilarityEnsues complications keep arising]]. First, he starts off $3,000 short of the $25,000 entry fee for the contest. His efforts to make up the difference spark off much of the plot, as well as diversions caused by, and in the company of, three people he encounters at Crystal River: an antagonist named Angel (Alfred Molina), a young con-artist calling herself Mrs Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster), and legendary lawman Marshal Zane Cooper (James Garner, who played Bret Maverick in the original TV series). The first two are also rival poker players.

The three share a stagecoach (whose driver dies at full gallop), agree to help a wagon train of migrant evangelist settlers who have been waylaid by ruffians (for a fee which Maverick in the end is too big-hearted to accept), and are headed-off by a troop of Indians (who, unbeknownst to his companions, are good friends with Maverick), who agree to help Maverick collect the rest of the fee (by swindling a Russian Grand Duke). After this, though, Maverick's adventures get a little crazy, especially since somebody has good reason to make sure Maverick never makes it to the poker game...

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Design.
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!! This movie contains examples of:
* AffectionatePickpocket: Annabelle Bransford does this to Maverick twice in the same scene. The first time he notices and makes her give his wallet back, the second time he's so overwhelmed he doesn't notice and has to track her down later.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign: Skewered during the encounter with the tribe of Indians. Maverick speaks their language just fine (and the Indians know English) and "translates" for the rest of the group, saying that they have trespassed on sacred ground, and the Indians' gods demand a sacrifice. Meanwhile, the subtitles relate the actual conversation: the chief just wants to know if Maverick has come for the money he owes him.
** And if Mrs. Bransford's "available".
* BankRobbery: Maverick is a bystander.
* BlastingItOutOfTheirHands: The title character does this to some robbers.
* ChekhovsGun: Maverick's trying to know which card he just picked is without looking at it.
* ConMenHateGuns: Played with. Maverick maybe quick on the draw, but he rarely fires his gun, and even then, he's more likely to shoot a gun out of his opponent's hand.
* TheDragon: Angel is this to [[spoiler: the Commodore]].
* FakeUltimateHero: Marshal Zane Cooper.
* FastestGunInTheWest: Maverick shows off his quick-draw skills in a poker game. The man he faces off against is named "Johnny Hardin", AKA the Real Life outlaw "John Wesley Hardin". Afterward, Hardin acknowledges that Maverick is fast.
** He better be, he's a horrible shot.
*** [[ObfuscatingStupidity Or so he claims.]] When we actually see him shoot though he appears to be an expert shot and his opponents only live because he lets them.
* TheFilmOfTheSeries
* FriendsAllAlong: Maverick and the Indian tribe.
** Also, Maverick and the bank manager he pulls a gun on.
*** For that matter, [[spoiler:Maverick and Cooper]].
* GambitPileup: [[spoiler:Angel and the Commodore vs. the Commodore and Cooper vs. Cooper and Maverick.]]
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Chief Joseph to Maverick.
* GunTwirling: Maverick's flashy gunplay largely covers up the fact that he can't shoot.
** Oh he can shoot all right. Just can't seem to hit.
*** [[ObfuscatingStupidity On purpose.]]
** It doubles as {{foreshadowing}} as well; at the tournament, we see that Maverick and [[spoiler: Cooper's gun twirling is exactly the same]].
* IAmOneOfThoseToo: Bret Maverick wants to expose/embarrass the con woman "Mrs. Bransford".
-->'''Maverick:''' I can't quite place your accent. Where in the South are you from? \\
'''Mrs. Bransford:''' Ever been to Mobile? (pause) That's where I'm from. \\
'''Maverick:''' Mobile, Alabama? Hell, I've been there. I'll bet we know the same people. You start. \\
'''Mrs. Bransford:''' I've tried so hard to forget that place.
* InjunCountry: Lampooned. Maverick's Indian friend is a sly, greedy conman who helps Maverick pull a trick on his companions and is in the process of bilking money from a wealthy white hunter.
* InMediasRes: The movie opens with Maverick about to be hanged, at about halfway through the overall story.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: The Danny Glover gag in the bank robbery scene.
* KissOfDistraction: This is a favorite technique of Annabelle, which she usually uses to steal things. Maverick is very GenreSavvy about it. An ArentYouGoingToRavishMe moment leds him to say, "Are you crazy? I'm not going to sleep with you! I'd wake up with all kinds of things missing!"
* LegacyCharacter: Played with. [[spoiler: Cooper is actually Maverick's father, played by James Garner, who played the original Maverick on TV. So if the movie is a continuation of the show, it means the name "Maverick" is synonymous with conning and card-sharking.]]
* TheMagicPokerEquation: Played with. Subversion: [[spoiler: Maverick is one card short of a royal flush, from which he deduces that the deck is stacked. He wins the game by getting someone other than the crooked dealer to deal him that one card.]]
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Maverick refuses to confirm whether he cheated [[spoiler: drawing the Ace of Spades to complete the Royal Flush]] by saying it was "magic". His father smiles, and it's evident it doesn't really matter in the long run.
* MyFavoriteShirt: Maverick gets angry (or possibly pretends to) when his shirt is damaged during a fight.
* NoExceptYes:
-->'''Coop:''' See, my feeling is that if there weren't any women none of us would be here. \\
'''Maverick:''' What kind of sense does that make? If there were no men, we wouldn't be here either. \\
'''Coop:''' Are you mocking me? \\
'''Maverick:''' Don't get ruffled. Let's just say I was agreeing with you in a totally unusual way.
* ProfessionalGambler: Several characters, including all of the travelers.
* RemakeCameo: James Garner, the original Bret Maverick, plays [[spoiler:Maverick's dad]] in the movie.
** Which is also a bit of a TomatoSurprise, as it's not revealed until the end of the movie, though both know it (which puts the TakeMyHand example below in a bit of a different light. In fact, it puts almost all of their interactions in a different light.)
* ScarilyCompetentTracker: Maverick uses this ability to track the fake Indians.
** Although most of it is parodied just to mess with Anabelle. Really he just follows the horseshoe prints.
* ShoutOut: Danny Glover plays a bank robber who mutters [[LethalWeapon "I am too old for this"]].
* SlapSlapKiss: Maverick's relationship with Annabell Bransford.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: The Commodore's cigar during the final hand of the tournament.
* SwordOverHead: Coop does this (with a stick) to the Commodore.
* TakeMyHand: Maverick accidentally falls over the edge of a cliff but barely manages to hold onto the edge. Marshal Zane Cooper offers to help him, but Maverick refuses because he despises Cooper. Maverick almost falls to his death and changes his mind, begging for help, and is pulled to safety.
* TheWildWest
* [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent What The Hell Is That Accent?]]: Maverick asks this of Annabelle.
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler:The Commodore's plan. No matter who won that tournament, he knew he'd be splitting the money with them or arranging for them to be robbed.]]
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* ShoutOut: Danny Glover plays a bank robber who mutters [[LethalWeapon "I am too old for this"]].
29th Dec '11 10:50:51 PM ZashikiWarashi
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** It doubles as {{foreshadowing}} as well; at the tournament, we see that Maverick and [[spoiler: Cooper's gun twirling [[FridgeBrilliance is exactly the same]]]].

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** It doubles as {{foreshadowing}} as well; at the tournament, we see that Maverick and [[spoiler: Cooper's gun twirling [[FridgeBrilliance is exactly the same]]]].same]].
28th Dec '11 12:17:35 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* XanatosRoulette: [[spoiler:Maverick and Cooper's plan. There's no way that Cooper could have known that Maverick would survive all of the crap that gets thrown at him throughout the movie, or even that he would have been able to get the money he needed for the entry fee.]]
** He's ''Maverick.''
** It's possible Maverick was a FlyInTheOintment rather than part of a plan. If Cooper was on his side all he had to do was welch on his agreement with the BigBad to steal the pot.
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** It's possible Maverick was a FlyInTheOintment rather than part of a plan. If Cooper was on his side all he had to do was welch on his agreement with the BigBad to steal the pot.
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