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Castaway Cowboy [VHS] (1974)

James Garner , Vera Miles , Vincent McEveety  |  G |  VHS Tape
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • 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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305807671
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #336,095 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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining little Disney comedy-western May 19, 2004
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Castaway Cowby--a great movie! February 7, 2004
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the 2 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
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware! May 19, 2012
My daughter absolutely loved this movie when she was young. I think she single-handedly wore out the copy at the local library. Imagine my delight when had it, finally, at a good, affordable price! I was so delighted, that I ordered a copy for her and for us. Unfortunately, this affordable version of the movie won't play on DVD players in America! It's made to play in Europe! I returned both DVD's and was promised a refund. Very disappointed! The version that plays in America is around $40 while this version is $21 and some change. Why the discrepancy?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great James Garner January 11, 2009
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Tad Long for my taste! October 28, 2001
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
1.0 out of 5 stars won't play June 10, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
made for another country so it won't play in my dvd!!!!!Other than that I love the movie just not this disc!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars wrong format February 24, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
Wrong format; could not watch. Vendor would not replace with watchable format. We threw our copy away in the trash.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I can't get it to play.
Published 2 days ago by Jessica Ungerman
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Family Fare
A well done Disney movie about a gruff cowboy, who jumped overboard from a ship he had been shanghaied on, and is washed ashore on Kauai. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dhart
4.0 out of 5 stars Suepr cute Disney movie....
I remember vaguely seeing this as a child, accidently clicked on it to purchase instead of putting in Watchlist but was fine with that.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert A. or Kathleen M. Tripp
5.0 out of 5 stars James Garner in Castaway Cowboy
Lots of pineapple humor and Hawaiian scenery in old Kauai, dealing with a shanghaied cowboy being rescues and rescuing a Haole family by teaching the how to run and sell cattle. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Martin Basiszta
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show
Have been wanting to see this movie again for years but can't find it to purchase. Watching it through Amazon was a great option for us. Very easy to do and no buffering!
Published 4 months ago by Bruce E. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Not the most well made movie ,but still enjoyable for the whole family. Love the Island setting in the beautiful Kauai. Good principles. Good story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Latesha Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
really enjoyed. Not predictable, entertaining, would appreciate seeing more movies like this. James Garner is one of my favorites and I was not disappointed in this movie.
Published 4 months ago by C. Elizares
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic
As usual Garner delivers! This is a timeless classic that is great for all audiences. We try to stress to our children that entertainment does not need to include graphic violence... Read more
Published 5 months ago by A Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Clean Movie
Clean Movie. Good family movie for mom, dad and the kids. Adventure, love and comedy. Wish there were still movies like this.
Published 8 months ago by Laramie
4.0 out of 5 stars James Garner - what more is there to say
Love James Garner. He is classic. I love a lot of the old movies. Not academy award winning but definitely fun movie. Great for kids. I will most likely watch it again or buy.
Published 11 months ago by H.a.m.
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