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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 »


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

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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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Release Date:

17 September 1982 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Hot and Deadly See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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The Retrievers Theme
Music by Ted Ashford
Sung by Katey Segal
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Slow Moving Action film.
11 May 1999 | by Serpent-5See all my reviews

This boring action film directed by guy who made KILL THE GOLDEN GOOSE and the comedy THEY CALL ME BRUCE? stars Max Thayer (last seen in ILSA: HARLEM KEEPER) as a man who is recruited by a organization who does the dirty work for powerful people. When on a routine mission to stop an ex-merc from writing a book on something that happen in the past, Thayer realized what the organization doing is wrong and teams up with the ex-merc's sister to help her brother's return and print the book her wrote about the organization. The fight sequence looks badly staged (even though it was supervised by Master Bon Soon Han). Music is stock music used in many other films like Andy Sardris's SEVEN to DRAGON VS. NEEDLES OF DEATH ad music. The film even ends in a sloppy end credit song, which wasn't even credited. Not recommended, unless you just want to see an action film.

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