Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster take the leads in Richard Donner's comic reworking of the popular TV series.

They play Bret Maverick and Annabelle Bransford, a pair of Wild West swindlers who team up to con their way around the country. They end up at a riverboat card game that is offering half a million dollars in prize-money.

The film also showcases neat supporting performances by James Coburn, Alfred Molina and Danny Glover. However, the real scene-stealer is James Garner, the star of the original TV show, who here plays the straight-as-a-die marshal, Zane Cooper.

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