The Castaway Cowboy

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The Castaway Cowboy
The Castaway Cowboy FilmPoster.jpeg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Produced by Ron Miller
Winston Hibler
Written by Don Tait
Starring James Garner
Vera Miles
Eric Shea
Robert Culp
Music by Robert F. Brunner
Cinematography Andrew Jackson
Edited by Cotton Warburton
Distributed by Buena Vista Distribution
Release date
  • August 1, 1974 (1974-08-01)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Castaway Cowboy is a 1974 American 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 (James Garner), 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 (Vera Miles) and her son (Eric Shea) 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 (Robert Culp), is a banker with eyes to grab Henrietta's land and maybe Henrietta herself.


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