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Repo Man (1984)

...It's 4 A.M., do you know where your car is?

Original Title : Repo Man
Director : Alex Cox
Writer : Alex Cox
Genre : Comedy
Sci-Fi/Action
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Peter McCarthy , Michael Nesmith , Gerald T. Olson , Jonathan Wacks
Photography : Robby Müller
Distributor : Anchor Bay Entertainment
IMDB ID : 0087995
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Starring

Harry Dean Stanton Bud, Repo Man
Emilio Estevez Otto Maddox, Repo Man
Tracey Walter Miller
Olivia Barash Leila, United Fruitcake Outlet
Sy Richardson Lite, Repo Man
Susan Barnes Agent Rogersz
Fox Harris J. Frank Parnell, Driver '64 Chevy Malibu
Tom Finnegan Oly
Del Zamora Lagarto Rodrigues
Eddie Velez Napoleon 'Napo' Rodriguez
Zander Schloss Kevin the Nerd
Jennifer Balgobin Debbi, Punk
Dick Rude Duke, Punk
Miguel Sandoval Archie, Punk (as Michael Sandoval
Vonetta McGee Marlene, Secretary Helping Hand Acceptance Corp.
Richard Foronjy Otto Plettschner, Rent-A-Cop
Bruce White Reverend Larry, TV Preacher
Biff Yeager Agent B
Ed Pansullo Agent E
Steve Mattson Agent S
Thomas R. Boyd Agent T (as Thomas Boyd
Charles Hopkins Mr. Humphries, convenience store manager
Helen Martin Mrs. Parks
Jon St. Elwood Miner
Kelitta Kelly Delilah
Varnum Honey Motorcycle Cop
Sue Kiel Ms. Magruder
David Chung Sheriff
Cynthia Szigeti U.F.O. Lady
Dorothy Bartlett English Dustbin Lady
Jonathon Hugger Dad Maddox
Sharon Gregg Mom Maddox
Dale Reynolds Peason
Jac McAnelly Pakman (as Jac MacAnelly
Shep Wickham Additional Blond Agent
Gregg Taylor Additional Blond Agent
Jon Fondy Additional Blond Agent
Keith Miley Additional Blond Agent
Michael Bennett Additional Blond Agent
Brad Jamieson Additional Blond Agent
Jimmy Buffett Additional Blond Agent
Janet Chan Repo Wife
Angelique Pettyjohn Repo Wife
Logan Carter Repo Wife
Laura Sorrenson Repo Wife
George Sawaya First Repo Victim
Connie Ponce Repo Victim's Wife
Bob Ellis Soda jerk (as Bobby Ellis
Quentin Gutierrez Tow Truck Driver
Richard Surukawa Liquor Store Clerk
'Earthquake' Hesson Liquor Store Clerk
Keith Morris The Circle Jerks (Nightclub Band
Greg Hetson The Circle Jerks (Nightclub Band
Chuck Biscuits The Circle Jerks (Nightclub Band
Earl Liberty The Circle Jerks (Nightclub Band
Clyde Grimes The Untouchables (Scooter Guys
Chuck Askerneese The Untouchables (Scooter Guys
Kevin Long The Untouchables (Scooter Guys
Jerry Miller The Untouchables (Scooter Guys
Rob Lampron The Untouchables (Scooter Guys
Josh Harris The Untouchables (Scooter Guys
Herman Askerneese The Untouchables (Scooter Guys
Kim Williams Laundry Person
Michele Person Laundry Person
Wally Cronin Doctor
Monona Wali Nurse
Delores Delux Nurse (as Delores Deluxe
Cosmo Mata Bouncer
Rodney Bingenheimer Club Owner (as Rodney Bengenheimer
Jorge Martínez Tennis Player
Melanie Schloss Tennis Player
Nancy Richardson Tennis Player
Con Covert Harry Pace
Luis Contreras Mr. Humphries' security guard (uncredited
Alex Cox Carwash Attendant (uncredited
Erin Darling (uncredited
Todd Darling (uncredited
Linda Jensen (uncredited
Tom Musca (uncredited
Terry Schwartz (uncredited
Peter Wacks (uncredited
Abbe Wool (uncredited
 

Plot

Frustrated punk rocker Otto quits his supermarket job after slugging a co-worker, and is later dumped by his girlfriend at a party. Wandering the streets in frustration, he is recruited in the repossession of a car by a repo agent. After discovering his parents have donated his college fund to a televangelist, he joins the repossession agency (Helping Hand Acceptance Corporation) as an apprentice "repo man". During his training, he is introduced into the mercenary and paranoid world of the drivers, befriended by a UFO conspiracy theorist, confronted by rival repo agents, discovers some of his one-time friends have turned to a life of crime, is lectured to about cosmic unconsciousness by the repo agency grounds worker, and finds himself entangled in a web of intrigue concerning a huge repossession bounty on a 1964 Chevy Malabu driven by a lunatic government scientist, with Top Secret cargo in the trunk... Otto is working at the grocery when he loses his temper and quits. Befriended by a Repo Man, Otto sees vehicle repossession as a kind of modern buckaneering. He is attracted by the adventure and the 'who gives a damn' attitude of the other Repo men. At the same time a package is taken from a government lab that has strange effects on anyone who sees it. It is hidden in a car which the government lists for reposession with a hefty reward. Now-classic punk fable of Otto, the newly hired repossession man. Off beat film has a little of everything: action, comedy, urban decay, police drama, mystery, governmental conspiracy and even UFO's. Story centers on Otto's search for a mysterious Malibu carrying an odd cargo.
 

Comments

One of the coolest movies I've ever seen! An absurdist punk rock sci fi classic!, 21 April 2003 Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia I first watched 'Repo Man' around 1985 or 1986 and it knocked me out. I've watched it many times since and it STILL knocks me out! Alex Cox has made quite a few strange movies since this, mostly excellent (check out 'Three Businessmen' sometime), a few not so good, but this is gonna be the movie he will always be remembered for. It's a black comedy, a science fiction movie, a buddy film, a punk rock movie, it's all kinda things. There has been nothing quite like it made before or since! Emilio Estevez has made some really bad movies in the 80s and 90s but he is excellent as disenfranchised surburban punk Otto, and the legendary Harry Dean Stanton ('Cool Hand Luke', 'The Rebel Rousers', 'Two-Lane Blacktop', 'Alien', 'Paris, Texas',etc.etc.) gives one of his most memorable performances as Bud, the repo man who tries to be his mentor. The supporting cast are all first rate, especially Tracey Walter (Miller) and Sy Richardson (Lite), two actors who never became household names but who still generate knowing smiles and nods from cult movie fans everywhere at the mere mention of their names. Also keep an eye out for an almost unrecognizable Miguel Sandoval ('Get Shorty', 'Blow'). Cox would use him in most of his subsequent movies, most notably his absurdist classic 'Three Businessmen'. 'Repo Man' also has a celebrated soundtrack by Iggy Pop, Black Flag, Suicidal Tendencies and others. The Circle Jerks also perform in a memorable sequence. This movie is a cult classic which looks as good now as it did back in the 1980s. I love it. Highly recommended!
 
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