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

Quotes

Booton 'Little Maca' MacAvoy: [as Costain is being taken out to the vessel in the middle of the ocean] Costain! I didn't hear the dinner bell ring, did you?
Lincoln Costain: [to the boatman] Turn around and row for shore.
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Not bad for a Disney film in this period
24 March 2001 | by ErewhonSee 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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Country:

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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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Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.75 : 1
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