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The Castaway Cowboy
The Castaway Cowboy is a 1974 adventure film released by Walt Disney Productions starring James Garner, Vera Miles, Eric Shea, and Robert Culp about a Texas rancher who gets shanghaied, then jumps ship and finds himself washed ashore in Hawaii. Filmed on location in Hawaii, the movie was directed by Vincent McEveety and written by Don Tait and Richard M. Bluel.


Texas cowboy, Lincoln Costain, gets "shanghaied" in San Francisco, then jumps ship and washes ashore on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, right into the arms of widow Henrietta MacAvoy and her son who are struggling to make a living as farmers. A lot of wild cattle often trample their crops, so Costain gets the idea to start cattle ranching instead. The Hawaiian farm hands don't readily take to the American cowboy culture, and Calvin Bryson, is a banker with eyes to grab Henrietta herself. He also holds Henrietta's mortgage and wants the land for himself and his prompts Lincoln to stay and help Henrietta instead of following through with his plan of returning home to Texas.


  • James Garner ... Lincoln Costain

  • Vera Miles ... Henrietta MacAvoy

  • Eric Shea ... Booton 'Little Maca' MacAvoy

  • Robert Culp ... Calvin Bryson

  • Elizabeth Smith ... Liliha (MacAvoy housekeeper)

  • Manu Tupou ... Kimo

  • Gregory Sierra ... Marruja (Bryson's henchman)

  • Shug Fisher ... 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)

  • Buddy Joe Hooker ... Boatman taking Costain to ship

  • Patrick Sullivan Burke ... Sea captain in poker game

  • Jerry Velasco ... Hawaiian cowboy (voice)