Mel Gibson stars in this delightful comedy as a cowardly but sharp poker player who wants nothing in the world but to participate in the biggest and most expensive poker tournament on the planet . . . but first, he must raise twenty thousand dollars. He has most of it by the time the film starts, and he travels around finding his debtors to collect from, win on some minor poker games, and some other humorous methods. Along the way, he meets the conniving but irresistible Jodie Foster (in a remarkably effective comedic performance), the aging sheriff James Garner, and a couple of bad guys to tick off. The established actors are all very entertaining, and the film is truly an entertaining one. Gotta see it, I tell you!

Movie reviewed by Michael Lawrence



Mel Gibson,

Jodie Foster, James Garner, Graham Greene, Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Dub Taylor, Geoffrey Lewis, Paul L. Smith, Dan Hedaya, Dennis Fimple, Denver Pyle, Clint Black

Directed by:

Richard Donner


1994 western/comedy

Rated PG


Don Ignacio's score: A-

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