Repo Man

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Repo Man is many things: an alien-invasion film, a punk-rock musical, a send-up of consumerism. One thing it isn't is boring.

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After being fired from his job, Los Angeles slacker and punk rocker Otto (Emilio Estevez) lands a gig working for an eccentric repossession agent named Bud (Harry Dean Stanton). At first, Otto is reluctant to work as a repo man, but he grows to love the fast-paced job. After learning of a Chevy Malibu that has been given a $20,000 price tag, Otto embarks on a quest to find the car with the beautiful Leila (Olivia Barash), who claims the trunk's contents are otherworldly.

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Emilio Estevez
Otto Maddox, Repo Man
Olivia Barash
Leila, United Fruitcake Outlet
Sy Richardson
Lite, Repo Man
Susan Barnes
Agent Rogersz
Fox Harris
J. Frank Parnell, Driver '64 Chevy Malibu
Del Zamora
Lagarto Rodrigues
Eddie Velez
Napoleon 'Napo' Rodriguez
Alex Cox
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Michael Nesmith
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Gerald T. Olson
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Steven Hufsteter
Original Song
Tito Larriva
Original Song
Iggy Pop
Original Song
Robby Müller
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Critic Reviews for Repo Man

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (45) | Rotten (1)

  • Repo Man has the type of unerring energy that leaves audiences breathless and entertained.

    June 4, 2007 | Full Review…
    Variety
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  • Cox's style is a step beyond camp into a comedy of pure disgust; much of the film is churlishly unpleasant, but there's a core of genuine anger that gives the project an emotional validation lacking in the flabby American comedies of the early 80s.

    June 4, 2007 | Full Review…
  • There are endless things to enjoy, from Robby Mller's crisp camerawork to a superb set of performances, from witty movie parodies to a tremendous punk soundtrack.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Repo Man comes out of left field, has no big stars, didn't cost much, takes chances, dares to be unconventional, is funny, and works. There is a lesson here.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's very entertaining, and though it's rude in an R-rated way, it has the good taste never to promise more than it can deliver.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • One of the finest and most enduring cult films out there. I mean, how can you go wrong...

    June 22, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Repo Man

  • Nov 20, 2013
    I like the haphazard way Alex Cox throws together several genres into one bizarre movie . . . I can't think of any other story about a aimless youth who, after becoming a repo man, becomes entangled in some kind of alien conspiracy.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2013
    A shiftless punk kid takes a job as a car repossesor and finds himself among the many ruthless parties searching for a 1964 Chevy Malibu with a mysterious cargo in the trunk. This gritty punk satire has an appealing wackiness, boosted by sharp dialogue and great roguish performances by Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2012
    ***1/2 out of **** "The life of a repo man is always intense" says Harry Dean Stanton as Bud in one of the most prolific scenes from the Alex Cox cult favorite "Repo Man". The film, which is not really about Bud but more-so about the life and career of a kid that he brings into the trade of repossessing stolen cars, jumps from one whacky idea to another; eventually bordering on perplexing. It remains complicated and intriguing throughout yet never really gains our trust until the end, where you either surrender to the fact that a lot of it is just inexplicably weird and the other half or so is perhaps stranger than fiction, or you throw in the towel and feel as if you've wasted time. The kid is Otto Maddox (Emilio Estevez), a young man caught in the punk rock scene of Los Angeles who is cheated on by his girlfriend, fired from his job at the local supermarket, and is then told that the money his pot-smoking parents had saved for him after he finished school has been donated by them to a Christian television cause. Otto is walking the streets, broke and alone, one day when he meets Bud; who makes up a dirty lie while on the job so that Otto will assist him in his work. Bud is impressed by the assistance that Otto gives him, and even brings him back to the head office to offer him a job as a repo man, and although Otto is at first disgusted by the concept of the job, he takes it out of desperation. For a while, Otto embraces this new lifestyle; it's full of drugs, good music, good cars, and good people. What more could a working man want? One day, Otto is driving along - of course, looking for vehicles to repossess - when he spots a pretty girl named Leila (Olivia Barash), who tells him of a top secret government alien conspiracy that she thinks she may have uncovered. How, we don't know. But what we do know is that the corpses of the extraterrestrials, if existent, rest in the back of a Chevy driven by a mad scientist with one eye. Mexican repo men face off against the Americans in a race against time; who will get to the Chevy first? It's hard to tell whether the film takes place in the future or not. If so, then it's merely the near future; although everything looks kind of futuristic in Los Angeles, so you never really can tell. Nevertheless, "Repo Man" is an innovative blend of science fiction-thriller storytelling and conspiracy mystery. I'll admit, I'm a sucker for conspiracies - especially the ones about aliens - and the film is able to cook up a sufficient web of intrigue. It conveys its ideas mostly through images; usually very strange ones, such as a flying car with a green glow in the closing scene. These images don't leave our heads; they are memorable. But they are also the heart and soul of the film; and it's not admired by so many people for nothing. If you want a good LA thriller with a touch of sci-fi and various other genre stylistics, this is the film for you. Alex Cox seems to be interested in bringing a whole lot of style and substance to independent filmmaking; proving that he's a lot smarter and creative than others working in his time. This is probably the one film aside from "Sid and Nancy" that people remember from the man, but that said, these two films assure that he won't be forgotten like so many others before and after him. "Repo Man" is a fun, charismatically acted, and intellectually stimulating crime thriller that almost defies classification and is plenty unique on its own right. It's pure cinema in the sense that it creates truly unforgettable images and scenarios; and it still holds up after all these years. And like all good sci-fi movies, there's some good social satire buried underneath it too; some of it more obvious than other portions. You'll laugh just about as much as you'll ask yourself just what the hell you're watching.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 27, 2012
    This is quite the strange film. Definitely a good kind of strange, it feels like a series of inter-connected skits rather than full on narrative, because I really had no idea what was happening and why it was happening other than just because. Hell even the description has no idea how to describe this movie other than a series of crazy adventures. But it's still a fun movie nonetheless with some pretty clever and funny moments and a pretty great soundtrack. Really not a lot to say, how do you review a movie like this. The best advice would be to watch it for yourself and make up your own mind.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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