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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
I'm getting too old for this!
By R. Edward Merrell, Jr.
This is one of the best films in the western comedy genre, ranking (my opinion of course) just below "Cat Ballou" and on a par with "Blazing Saddles". If you're like me, you've seen Mel Gibson in comic roles before and know he has great comic timing, but you may not have seen Jodie Foster in a role like this...and after seeing her, I wonder why not. She and Gibson make a great team and she matches him in the wit department. James Garner turns in his usual superb performance...he plays Coop, a senior, laid-back lawman, but can you guess who he really is? Another superb actor - Alfred Molina - plays a key villian role; this was the first film I ever saw him in and have seen him in many excellent roles since. Graham Green, in his over- the-top portrayal of an Indian chief, is hilarious and James Coburn is delightful too as the river boat and poker tourney captain...and chief villian. Look for the many all-star cameos; including Danny Glover, Gibson's Lethal Weapons partner. But it's Gibson and Foster who rule this movie and garner the most laughs. It is funny - LOL-funny - Ive watched it many times and I still enjoy it..."the name is Bret, not Bert!" Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
DVD Movie: James Garner and Mel Gibson
By Donna Sumler
Intrigue and humor combined -- you can't beat the combination. I had seen bits and pieces on TV but never the entire movie. So, now I have & I can watch it over & over. Riverboats, to me, capture the essence of the Old South and gambling just goes along with the ride. The main actors and actress are some of my favorite performers but one sees other familiar faces of less popular actors in the large gambling event. Mel Gibson, in this part, is less intense than some of the other movies he has starred in Braveheart and The Patriot]. This movie shows that he can play a more comical character. I'm surpised that Jodie Foster isn't given more recognition for her part; she plays the Southern Belle very well. James Garner and James Coburn -- well their many years of acting attest to their abilities.
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Deal Me In
By David Bracey
Lethal Weapon director Richard Donner once again teams up with Mel Gibson (with a hilarious cameo from Danny Glover) to bring TV's classic character Brett Maverick to life on the big screen. In a departure from the usual loss-of-love-leads-to-revenge action picture, here Gibson shows off his comedic talents with ample support from Jodi Foster (in one of her best performances) and James Garner (who played Maverick on TV and a retired law-man here), not to mention a who's who of classic western cameos ranging from The Magnificent Seven's James Coburn to Dances with Wolves' Graham Greene to Dub Taylor (the old guy who had bit parts in everything from Them! to Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to Support Your Local Gunfighter to Gunsmoke and Back to the Future 3), and that's only a few; previous Donner alumni like Corey Feldman show up amongst a host of familiar faces from singers to screenwriters. But there's still plenty of action too; fist-fights, a shoot-out, a tribute to veteran stuntman Yamica Canutt's horse-hopping escapades in Stagecoach, and even a daring riverboat heist. And that's doesn't even cover all the great gambling scenes too, which teach you about "tells", mental stamina, and a few other tricks of the trade. There's double-crosses, deviousness, thievery, mayhem, and romance! Truly a rollicking western packed to the brim with aces, and a triple-climax of an ending that should leave audiences more than satisfied. It might not be a standard shoot-em-up, but its family-friendly, incredibly fun, and one of the few GREAT westerns in modern times.