(out of 5)

Rollicking adventure adapts the popular television show that starred James Garner.  Mel Gibson amply takes over the lead role of the charming gangster who is trying to work his way towards a major poker competition in the Wild West. He has a few setbacks, mostly in the form of a sherriff  (Garner) who follows his every lawless step, and a gorgeous con artist (Jodie Foster) who might be out to steal his heart or his wallet–or maybe both! Great action scenes pop up in the wonderful script that is peppered with delightful dialogue and situations.

USA, 1994

Directed by Richard Donner

Screenplay by William Goldman, based on the television series by Roy Huggins

Cinematography by Vilmos Zsigmond

Academy Award Nomination
Best Costume Design (April Ferry)