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Product Details

  • Actors: James Garner, Vera Miles, Robert Culp, Eric Shea, Elizabeth Smith
  • Directors: Vincent McEveety
  • Writers: Don Tait, Hugh Benson, Richard M. Bluel
  • Producers: Christopher Hibler, Ron Miller, Winston Hibler
  • Format: Color, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • VHS Release Date: April 25, 2000
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305807671
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Lincoln Costain (James Garner) has been rescued from drowning by a 12-year-old boy on the island of Kauai. As he helps the boy's widowed mother turn a scrubby potato farm into the island's first cattle spread, he must outwit the treacherous local witch doctor, turn a bunch of happy-go-lucky islanders into cowhands, and head off a disastrous midnight stampede.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James L. Leverton on May 19, 2004
Format: DVD
In the early '70's, James Garner made two films for Disney studios, "One Little Indian" and "The Castaway Cowboy." Of the two, "Cowboy" is by far the best: a slight but entertaining little comedy-western co-starring the lovely Vera Miles (who was also in "Indian"). She plays Henrietta McAlvoy, the owner of a failing Hawaiian (known here as the Sandwich Islands) potato plantation whose native workers fish a nearly drowned deserter named Costain (Garner) out of the ocean. While Costain waits for a ship home to Texas, he hatches a plot to save the farm by turning it into a cattle ranch, using the Hawaiian workers as ranch hands. Of course, in Disney films of the era, there is always a villain, and "Cowboy" features Robert Culp as Bryson, a local businessman who romances Henrietta in order to get her land and when she won't sell, stoops to some nasty business to sabotage Garner's plan.
Everything is predictable and ends just like you think it might. Also quite predictably, Henrietta is a widow with an irrepressibly cute (i.e. cloying and obnoxious) preteen son played by "The Poseidon Adventure"'s young Eric Shea, who gives an even more annoying, don't-say-your-line-shout-it performance than he gave in the previous film. The only other performances of note are given by native Hawaiians playing the workers as stereotypes who exist merely as goofballs to be laughed at. (More about that later.) Only Elizabeth Smith as Henrietta's housekeeper escapes with her dignity intact, since she manages to make her character more than a one-note stereotype.
Finally, about Anchor Bay's DVD presentation.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tony A. on February 7, 2004
Format: DVD
I really liked this movie!! The scenery was beautiful (of course, it's Kauai and that can't be helped!) and the story line was interesting with all the obstacles James Garner had to contend with to help this family establish a cattle ranch. It also had a great ending and the good people won! My kids even enjoyed it (ages 4,5, and 8), so I must recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lois A. Anderson on January 11, 2009
Format: DVD
This movie might be called a Western, but it is one of the best comedy movies I have seen in recent years. I am a big James Garner Fan, so of course I like almost everything he is in. This movie was the best!!!
I saw this movie several years ago and have searched for it for sometime before I finally found it on Amazon. Now I go to Amazon for any movie I am looking for first!!! Way to go Amazon. There are not enough stars in the rate this item for this movie. Great movie for parents and kids to watch together, but then most of the shows we watch, are suitable for parents to watch with their kids. I can't stand the new shows with all the Sci fi and the horror shows. Disgusting. What is out younger generation coming to.
Thanks again Amazon, for having this title available. You are Number 1 with us.

Lois Anderson
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JediMack on July 26, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Garner made 2 movie for disney. if your on the look out for good family movie that are fun, no cursing or nudity, a little action and a little romance... you want Castaway Cowboy, CC not One Little Indian, OLI.
CC is a nice movie about a cowboy that ends up stuck on an island. He shows the nice widow woman how to start a cattle ranch instead of tring to far or fish.
OLI is very boring. Not one of my three kids stayed for the end. And isn't that the true test of a movie. It isn't totally what mom or I like, it is also what they will like enough to sit and watch and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "cardsprite" on October 28, 2001
Format: DVD
This movie was ok, but I found myself looking through magazines and such as it had many slow parts in it making it seem so much longer. It is hilarious in spots where Garner is attemting to teach the islanders how to ride a horse and rope cattle. I would rent first, it is fine for kids of all ages, hey, it's Disney!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dorian Marcus on July 6, 2005
Format: DVD
THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST CHILDREN'S MOVIE WHERE EVEN THE ADULT'S ARE CARRIED AWAY. I AM ABOUT 60 AND I STILL ENJOY THIS MOVIE. YOU HAVE TO LOOK FROM THE EYE'S OF CHILDREN IT IS SO GOOD THAT YOU WILL FORGET THAT YOU ARE ADULT BUT WILL INJOY WITH THE LITTLE KIDS-THANKS TO DISNEY AND ONE OF THE LAST OF THE OLD LEGEND OF THE WESTERN WORLD JAMES GARNER-WE ARE PRIVILIGED TO SEE HIM IN THIS 21ST CENTURY LIKE THE OLD TOM MIX IN THE BEGINNING OF THE CENTURY WHEN HE WAS AROUND WITH REAL WYATT EARP GIVING HIM THE TECHNICAL DETAILS. I DONT WANT TO GIVE AWAY THE STORY WITH VAST OPEN SPACES AND THE SEA FOR THE CHILDREN WHO MAY HAVE NEVER EVEN SEEN THE SEA BUT THE HIGH RISE APARTMENTS OF CONCRETE JUNGLE.-I AM SURE THEY WILL ALL INJOY AND LAUGH AT THIS ADVENTURE TRIP-CURTSEY OF DISNEY FILMS.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. M. Schoditsch on March 16, 2003
Format: DVD
This is a nice family movie for all even if it is a bit on the long side. Great DVD treatment from Anchor Bay. Let's hope they get more Disney films to release as Disney treats the majority of their classics in miserable shoddy full screen format. Kudos to Anchor Bay!
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If you like Disney, and if you like James Garner, what's not to like. It's classic Disney, with the lead played like only James Garner can play a cowboy role. And it's always nice to see familiar faces from back in the day, like Robert Culp and Gregory Sierra.

However, I bought it to play on my big screen t.v. for the family and - on the big screen t.v. - the picture quality was disappointingly poor. I am also leery of buying a "video" instead of a DVD. With a DVD, you have something you can hold in your hand - something you actually own, having purchased it. I purchased the video with the thought that I would be able to back it up on a DVD. Otherwise, all you've purchased are temporary electrical impulses - like buying air. It appears that backing up do disc is not an option with these "instant video" purchases and the quality appears to be less than DVD quality in any case.

I don't think I'll be purchasing "instant videos" in the future, nor will I rent through Kindle, as I can rent the same movies of interest through Red Box for $1 (slightly more for blue-ray) and I prefer to have a disc in my hand for about the same cost as the "instant video". Amazon should do the same thing with their videos that they're doing with their music. Buy the CD and get the instant download immediately, while the disc shipment is in process.
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