Maverick script
Maverick (1994)
Synopsis: Maverick is a 1994 American Western comedy film directed by Richard Donner and written by William Goldman, based on the 1950s television series of the same name created by Roy Huggins. The film stars Mel Gibson as Bret Maverick, a card player and con artist collecting money to enter a high-stakes poker game. He is joined in his adventure by Annabelle Bransford (Jodie Foster), another con artist, and lawman Marshall Zane Cooper (James Garner). The supporting cast features Graham Greene, James Coburn, Alfred Molina and a large number of cameo appearances by Western film actors, country music stars and other actors.

MAVERICK -Rev. 11/15/93 6. *

10 CONTINUED:
10

Just now the stagecoach comes off the ferry and drives

through town kicking up dust.

10A EXT. CRYSTAL RIVER -AFTERNOON 10A

Maverick, riding into town from the other direction, as

the dust whips up. He's wearing different clothes than

in the hanging scene.

MAVERICK (V.O.)

My luck had to change fast --the

poker game of the century was

starting in St. Louis in just ten

days, and I was still short three

thousand for the entrance fee.

10B OMITTED (STABLE SCENE MOVED TO 11B) 10B

11 EXT. BANK -AFTERNOON 11

Maverick rides toward the bank, stops. A sign in front

indicates "Closed 'til Morning."

11A NONE 11A

11B EXT. STABLES -AFTERNOON 11B

A stable as Maverick dismounts, does his best to beat

some dust from his riding clothes. He grabs his

saddlebag as a STABLE BOY hurries up.

MAVERICK:

(indicating the mule)

How much?

STABLE BOY:

By the day, week or month?

MAVERICK:

No-no --Not how much to take

care of him, how much to just

take him. Permanently.

STABLE BOY:

Pa. The man wants to sell the

burro.

PA:

That burro's not worth a cent.

(CONTINUED)

MAVERICK -Rev. 11/15/93 6A. *

11B CONTINUED:
11B

MAVERICK:

You just made yourself a fine

deal.

(they shake)

How 'bout the saddle?

Five dollars.

PA:

MAVERICK:

Five dollars. Nice doing business

with you. Thank you. He doesn't

eat much. He's a regular jackass

... Hee... haw... Hee... haw.

Always likes to be called Arthur.

He opens the door. He bumps into Angel. They look at

each other. Maverick exits and Angel looks and moves

inside.

CUT TO:

12 EXT. CRYSTAL PALACE -AFTERNOON 12

The biggest establishment in town. This place actually

has a second floor and advertises rooms as well as vices.

13 INT. CRYSTAL PALACE -STAIRCASE -AFTERNOON 13

Maverick is starting up the stairs when the REGISTRATION

CLERK hurries over from his desk.

CLERK:

You got a wire, want me to read it

to you?

No.

MAVERICK:

(reaching for it)

CLERK:

(reading)

It just says, 'Watch your back.'

(beat)

No signature.

(hands it over)

Here.

Maverick takes it, glances at it, heads upstairs.

13A EXT. CRYSTAL RIVER -SUNSET 13A

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William Goldman

William Goldman (born August 12, 1931) is an American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. He came to prominence in the 1950s as a novelist, before turning to writing for film. He has won two Academy Awards for his screenplays, first for the western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and again for All the President's Men (1976), about journalists who broke the Watergate scandal of President Richard Nixon. Both films starred Robert Redford. more…

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