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The Retrieval

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Chris Eska

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About the Movie

On the outskirts of the Civil War, The Retrieval follows a fatherless 13 year-old boy sent north by his bounty hunter gang on a dangerous mission to retrieve a wanted man under false pretense. During their journey towards the unwitting man’s reckoning, the initially distant pair develops unexpected bonds. As his feelings grow, the boy is consumed by conflicting emotions and a gut-wrenching ultimate decision: betray the father figure he’s finally found or risk being killed by his gang for insubordination.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 24
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A tough, tender little movie, "The Retrieval" tells a story of divided souls wandering a divided land. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Apr 1, 2014

Fresh: Equal parts suspenseful road movie, persuasively detailed period drama and emotionally resonant coming-of-age story, The Retrieval is an outstanding example of regional indie filmmaking accomplished with limited resources and an abundance of skill. – Joe Leydon, Variety, Mar 4, 2014

Fresh: "The Retrieval" comes at you like a haunting slip of a memory, one that writer-director Chris Eska retrieves from a mostly forgotten era in unforgettable ways. – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2014

Fresh: A skillfully wrought feature with appreciable emotional and historical resonance. – Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 4, 2014

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2014

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