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The Retrieval (2013)

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On the outskirts of the U.S. Civil War, a boy is sent north by his bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Raven Nicole LeDeatte ...
Abby (as Raven LeDeatte)
Jody Stelzig ...
Chasing Cavalryman
Sam Pullin ...
Eugene Smith ...
Store Clerk
Abolitionist Woman
Charissa Jarrett ...
Runaway Slave
Richard Rashad Romeo III ...
Runaway Slave
Henry J. Smith III ...
Runaway Slave


On the outskirts of the U.S. Civil War, a boy is sent north by his bounty hunter gang to retrieve a wanted man.

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Rated R for some violence

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Release Date:

2 April 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

September Morning  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,683 (USA) (21 March 2014)


$50,257 (USA) (28 September 2014)

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1.78 : 1
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Director Chris Eska mentioned (at 0:01:05 in the DVD commentary) that the flashes of distant cannon fire in the opening scene are visual effects that in real-life would precede the sound of the cannon fire by several seconds, but when the correct time delay was used the screen looked strange, so the filmmakers made the flash and the sound appear simultaneously to avoid throwing the audience off from the beginning. The flashes were about 3 seconds apart. Since sound travels about 1 mile in 5 seconds, artillery 3 miles away would have a 15 second disconnect between the flash and the sound. See more »


At the very beginning of the movie, as the boy walks toward the cabin, there is a battle - obviously miles away - occurring over the hill. However, as soon as a flash occurs from a cannon fire there is the sound of the firing - sound travels slower than light, so you should first see the flash and then a time late the report of the discharge. See more »


Nate: I saw you talkin to tat gal back there. Ever ad a gal o your own?
Will: No.
Nate: Don't. They trouble.
Will: Not all o em.
Nate: Yeaa, all o em
[5 second pause]
Nate: But they werth it.
Will: [smiles]
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fascinating characters
23 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's 1864. Burrell is the harsh leader of a gang of bounty hunters tracking down runaway slaves. Will is a 13-year-old negro who is used as bait and spy to uncover the underground railroad. He relies on his uncle Marcus who is Burrell's slave. Burrell is looking for Nate who is digging graves for the Federals near Petersburg. Marcus and Will set off across the lines and trick Nate by telling him that his brother is dying. He agrees reluctantly to join them back across the lines but he doesn't really trust the two strangers.

This starts with a compelling, murky, complicated relationship between Burrell, Marcus and Will. I would have loved to stay with the three of them together. The road trip offers some interesting complications of its own. However, it's not as great as the opening fifteen minutes. Nevertheless, it's an unusual compelling journey.

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