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The Castaway Cowboy (1974)

A Texas cowboy is rescued at sea by a 12-year-old boy. While he waits to return home, he decides to help out his rescuer's family.

Director:

Vincent McEveety

Writers:

Don Tait (story & screenplay), Richard M. Bluel (story) (as Richard Bluel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Garner ... Lincoln Costain
Vera Miles ... Henrietta MacAvoy
Robert Culp ... Calvin Bryson
Eric Shea ... Booton 'Little Maca' MacAvoy
Elizabeth Smith Elizabeth Smith ... Liliha (MacAvoy housekeeper)
Manu Tupou ... Kimo
Gregory Sierra ... Marruja (Bryson's henchman)
Shug Fisher ... Capt. Cary
Nephi Hannemann Nephi Hannemann ... Malakoma (witch doctor)
Lito Capiña Lito Capiña ... Leleo
Ralph Hanalei Ralph Hanalei ... Hopu
Kim Kahana ... Oka (as Kahana)
Lee Woodd Lee Woodd ... Palani
Luis Delgado Luis Delgado ... The Hatman (loses hat to Costain)
Buddy Joe Hooker ... Boatman taking Costain to ship
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A Texas cowboy is rescued at sea by a 12-year-old boy. While he waits to return home, he decides to help out his rescuer's family.

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A different kind of her came drifting into town...on a wave! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Western

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hawaiian Cowboy See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaua'i, Hawaii, USA

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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The nick-name of Booton MacAvoy (Eric Shea) was "Little Maca". See more »

Quotes

Henrietta MacAvoy: You just can't expect to change a whole culture overnight.
Lincoln Costain: I don't have the least notion of changing it. If you'll just give me my wages I won't be troubling you any further.
Henrietta MacAvoy: You know, it is Sunday. They're entitled to some recreation.
Lincoln Costain: There just ain't any Sundays when it's roundup until the job gets done.
Henrietta MacAvoy: Well, maybe if you met them halfway they would be able...
Lincoln Costain: Ma'am there aren't any halfways in the cattle business. It would be easier to make a cherry pie out of barbed wire than to make a ...
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Unsatisfying family film
22 August 2011 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

James Garner and the Disney Corporation may not sound like a likely mix, but it did happen - twice, as a matter of fact. In 1973, Garner and Disney made a two movie agreement. Garner was looking for flavorful movie vehicles, and Disney was looking for a major star in order to regain the audience it had lost since Walt Disney's death several years earlier. But everyone's expectations were not met. The first movie, "One Little Indian", did not wow critics or audiences, and the same fate was met with "The Castaway Cowboy". It has an interesting premise - starting a cattle ranch in Hawaii during the days cowboys were kings - but the execution is severely lacking. It has a real sedate, almost boring tone for the most part. Both kids and adults will be restless. Almost nothing is done with Robert Culp's villain character - his footage can't add up to more than five minutes. It's only Garner's charisma that saves the movie from total decay, but even he can only do so much. Word of warning to parents: While the movie got a "G" rating in 1974, the movie would get a "PG" rating today due to a couple of violent fistfights.


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