Maverick ★★½ 1994 (PG)
Entertaining remake of the popular ABC series is fresh and funny, with sharp dialogue and a good cast. Everybody looks like they're having a great time, not difficult for the charming Gibson, but a refreshing change of pace for the usually serious Foster and Greene. In a fun bit of casting, Garner, the original Maverick, shows up as Marshal Zane Cooper. Lightweight, fast-paced comedy was reportedly highly improvised, though Donner retained enough control to keep it coherent. The end is left wide open so a sequel seems likely. Keep your eyes peeled for cameos from country stars, old time Western actors, and an unbilled appearance from Glover. 127m/C VHS, DVD . Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, James Coburn, Alfred Molina, Paul Smith, Geoffrey Lewis, Max Perlich; Cameos: Dub Taylor, Dan Hedaya, Robert Fuller, Doug McClure, Bert Remsen, Denver Pyle, Will Hutchins, Waylon Jennings, Kathy Mattea, Danny Glover, Clint Black; D: Richard Donner; W: William Goldman; C: Vilmos Zsigmond; M: Randy Newman. Blockbuster ‘95: Comedy Actress, T. (Foster).
mav·er·ick / ˈmav(ə)rik/ • n. 1. an unorthodox or independent-minded person: a free-thinking maverick. ∎ a person who refuses to conform to a particular party or group: the maverick Connecticut Republican. 2. an unbranded calf or yearling. • adj. unorthodox: a maverick detective.