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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.

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Lincoln Costain
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Henrietta MacAvoy
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Calvin Bryson
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Booton 'Little Maca' MacAvoy
Elizabeth Smith ...
Liliha (MacAvoy housekeeper)
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Kimo
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Marruja (Bryson's henchman)
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Capt. Cary
Nephi Hannemann ...
Malakoma (witch doctor)
Lito Capiña ...
Leleo
Ralph Hanalei ...
Hopu
Kim Kahana ...
Oka (as Kahana)
Lee Woodd ...
Palani
Luis Delgado ...
The Hatman (loses hat to Costain)
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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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1 August 1974 (USA)  »

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The Hawaiian Cowboy  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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The nick-name of Booton MacAvoy (Eric Shea) was "Little Maca". See more »

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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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Not bad for a Disney film in this period
24 March 2001 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

It has the benefit of being one of the most Kauai-intensive movies ever filmed. Not only was 90% of the movie actually made on that beautiful Hawaiian island, but it's actually SET there, too -- and there are very few movies both shot AND set in Hawaii.

The photography is excellent; the score is very good (but would have been better with a little more island influence), and the use of the Kauai locations, though limited to just a few, is first-rate. Garner is fine, and Culp makes a good, if foggily-motivated, villain.

However, the attitude toward the Hawaiians is painfully paternalistic, and there's a stupid, TRULY stupid, subplot involving "sorcery" and some extremely improbable caves, full of Tahitian statuary. Very bad idea.

Historically, it's a bit muddled; much is made of the idea that no one has found a way to load cattle aboard a schooner at this time. (Somewhere around 1870, I guess.) But over on the Big Island, this problem had been licked, and the founder of the Parker Ranch was already getting rich selling King Kamehameha's "big dogs.

If the script had been better, with a less predictable story, THE CASTAWAY COWBOY could have been a little gem. As it is, it's mostly a pretty time-passer.


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