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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lincoln Costain
... Henrietta MacAvoy
... Calvin Bryson
... Booton 'Little Maca' MacAvoy
Elizabeth Smith ... Liliha (MacAvoy housekeeper)
... Kimo
... Marruja (Bryson's henchman)
... Capt. Cary
Nephi Hannemann ... Malakoma (witch doctor)
Lito Capiña ... Leleo
Ralph Hanalei ... Hopu
... Oka (as Kahana)
Lee Woodd ... Palani
Luis Delgado ... The Hatman (loses hat to Costain)
... Boatman taking Costain to ship


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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Family | Comedy | Western


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Release Date:

1 August 1974 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Hawaiian Cowboy  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Henrietta MacAvoy: Yes, it's true they do like their fun.
Lincoln Costain: They'd rather giggle than laugh, they'd rather laugh than eat they're like a bunch of kids out there. A school girl would be more sober mam'm.
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Unsatisfying family film
22 August 2011 | by See 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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