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The Retrievers (2001)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family | TV Movie 30 July 2001
Soon after the Lowry Family - Tom, his wife Karen, and their two children, Liz and Widdy - leave the big city and move to the small Northern California town of Placerville, they are '... See full summary »


Paul Schneider


Larry Ketron




Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hays ... Tom Lowry
Mel Harris ... Karen Lowry
Alan Rachins ... Ed
Alana Austin ... Liz Lowry
Taylor Emerson ... Widdy Lowry
Betty White ... Mrs. Krisper
Robert Wagner ... Durham Haysworth
Kurt Johnson Kurt Johnson ... Marcel
Cathy Fithian ... Charlene Groper
Ken Tipton ... Norman Groper
Josh Dennis Josh Dennis ... Marvin Groper
Desiree Yard Desiree Yard ... Brenda Groper
Cole Stratton ... Phil
Ryan A. Allen ... Fred
Leon Russom ... Farmer Jenkins


Soon after the Lowry Family - Tom, his wife Karen, and their two children, Liz and Widdy - leave the big city and move to the small Northern California town of Placerville, they are 'adopted' by a very clever, yet lovable, stray golden retriever - Pilot. It's not long before they discover that Pilot is pregnant. The Lowry family, and especially Liz and Widdy, grow very close to the puppies during their weaning period. But Tom makes it clear that, like most families, they must give away the puppies after they've been weaned. It's particularly hard on Liz and Widdy, but they manage to give all the puppies away, and it's funny and fascinating to see who shows up at the Lowry residence to adopt a puppy. However, Pilot is determined to get her puppies back, and the Lowry Family must endure a comical series of events that make them realize that life is just not the same without the puppies. But retrieving six puppies from people you don't even know is no easy task. And soon, Tom Lowry finds... Written by <jbogner@tagentertainment.com>

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Sometimes it takes man's best friend to show what it really means to be a family.


Comedy | Family


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A Great Family Movie Without Cussing and Nudity
12 May 2012 | by watchvilleSee all my reviews

If you are looking for Godfather, Gone With the Wind or some other all time big budget classic then you will be disappointed. If you want a fun clean wholesome movie kids will love, you will like and you can invite Grandma and Grandpa to watch too, this is one to consider.

The plot is simple. The movie moves amply fast. The characters are interesting and real without being too complicated. In other words, it will hold your young kids interest long enough to get them hooked.

No silly hijinks, fancy stunts or over the top plots here. It is a movie with subtle life lessons and no bothersome preaching. It has a functional family, no cheating husband, no trampy wife and no druggie kids. I actually didn't know you could find a movie like this anymore. It may sound boring, but it is not.

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30 July 2001 (USA) See more »

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4 Pfoten Hotel See more »

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California, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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