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The Retrievers (1982)

Carefree electrician Tom Cathral is recruited by The Company, and is quickly offered a full-time promotion to join the Retrievers, an elite squad of crooked secret operatives. His refusal ... See full summary »


Elliott Hong


Elliott Hong (story), Larry Stamper (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Thayer ... Tom Cathral
Shawn Hoskins Shawn Hoskins ... Janice Burke
Lenard Miller Lenard Miller ... Danny Burke
Randy Anderson Randy Anderson ... Trigger
Bud Kramer Bud Kramer ... Phillip
Ed Egington Ed Egington ... Benton
Roselyn Royce Roselyn Royce ... Maria
Hugh Van Putten Hugh Van Putten ... Amos
Harry Shapiro Harry Shapiro ... Big Mac
Tony Cabellano Tony Cabellano ... Jack Mitchel
Susie Holliday Susie Holliday ... Peggy
Patricia Monville Patricia Monville ... Lisa
John Hilton John Hilton ... Giannelli
Mary McCormick Mary McCormick ... Debbie
Betty Caye Betty Caye ... Irma




Carefree electrician Tom Cathral is recruited by The Company, and is quickly offered a full-time promotion to join the Retrievers, an elite squad of crooked secret operatives. His refusal to kill botches his first mission, making Tom The Company's new target.

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The Retrievers Theme
Music by Ted Ashford
Sung by Katey Segal
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Cheesy fun
31 March 2004 | by jessecrowderSee all my reviews

Just bought myself a copy of "The Retrievers". First of all I must say that the trailer for this schlock is by far more entertaining - but that seems to be the case with many B-grade actioners. The plot isn't half that bad and maybe in hands of some real filmmaker, it could have actually worked. Now the only reason to watch this reasonably forgotten gem is it's undeniable cheese -value. Action scenes are slow but frequent so you don't have to press the fast forward in your remote all of the time.

There is one guy, whose name I didn't catch, who posses some martial arts skills. His kicks are fast and quite flashy - especially when he's fighting the hero in the end. This is mostly because Max Thayer doesn't manage to be even a bit believable in his action scenes. His kicks are knee -high and I've seen more impressive punches thrown by 5 -year old boys.

Acting is total garbage and I was expecting gratuitous nudity. There is none. Well, there was one female character who's supposed to be some kind of literary agent - I suppose. She looks like a contemporary adult film star and is having a bubble bath for no obvious reason in the middle of the film.

This balances on the level of "being just plain bad" and "being just SO plain bad that it's actually good". I'd be hard pressed to go through it again, but it's a good addition to your 80's STV - action movie collection.

PLUS Katey Sagal (aka. Peggy Bundy) sings the song over closing credits. Well, you have to start somewhere... I also noticed director Rowdy ("Road House", "Striking Distance")Herrington's name in the credits. I believe it was in the grip -department or something.

Avoid if you like to actually enjoy your movies. Get it if you have a soft spot for geriatric Kung-Fu and painfully bad acting.

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Release Date:

17 September 1982 (West Germany) See more »

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Hot and Deadly See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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