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Maverick (1994)
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.

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EXT. DESOLATE LANDSCAPE -HANGING TREE -DAY 1

Rocks. Cactus. The occasional tree.

Not a place you'd like to spend your summer vacation.

Now there are sounds: A WHIPPING WIND begins to get

LOUDER. And in the distance, but GROWING: THUNDER.

CAMERA STARTS TO MOVE -SLOWLY,

INEXORABLY, ACROSS this dead place ---

suddenly it STOPS.

We are in a Sergio Leone TIGHT CLOSEUP of just a hideous-

looking man. One eye looks straight ahead. The other

wanders.

CAMERA MOVES AGAIN.

The wind is really kicking up ---

suddenly, another STOP.

Another Leone CLOSEUP.

A second man. This guy makes the first one look

handsome. Both his eyes work, which is an improvement.

But his neck has been horribly burned as if from a noose.

CAMERA IS MOVING AGAIN.

LOUDER THUNDER. A storm is coming fast.

CAMERA STOPS.

We are LOOKING AT the least appetizing of the three. Not

that he's scarred, not that all his parts aren't in

proper working order --it's just that he's so damn

frightening.

Not to mention huge.

This is THE ANGEL and like the other two, he is seated on

a horse. And he is staring intently at something. FROM

The Angel --we go to...

BRET MAVERICK:

for this is who the trio is looking at.

(CONTINUED)

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MAVERICK's 30, give or take. Enormously appealing.

Whether that's because of his considerable physical

skills or his sunny personality, who knows. It might

be his quiet wit.

In any case, we are looking at a handsome young man that

everybody likes -

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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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