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Repo Man (1984)



Critic Consensus: 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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A down and out young punk gets a job working with a seasoned repo man, but what awaits him in his new career is a series of outlandish adventures revolving around aliens, the CIA, and a most wanted '64 Chevy.

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Susan Barnes
as Agent Rogers
Fox Harris
as J. Frank Parnell
Del Zamora
as Lagarto
Richard Foronjy
as Plettschner
Bruce White
as Rev. Larry
Kelita Kelly
as Delilah
Biff Yeager
as Agent B
Laura Sorenson
as Repo Wife No.4
Charles Hopkins
as Mr. Humphries
Helen Martin
as Mrs. Parks
Varnum Honey
as Motorcycle Cop
David Chung
as Sheriff
Ed Pansullo
as Agnet E
Jonathan Hugger
as Otto's Dad
Sharon Gregg
as Otto's Mom
Shep Wickham
as Blond Agent
Jon Fondy
as Blond Agent
Angelique Pettyjohn
as Repo Wife No.2
Keith Miley
as Blond Agent
Logan Carter
as Repo Wife No.3
Michael Bennett
as Blond Agent
Brad Jamison
as Blond Agent
Bob Ellis
as Soda Jerk
Jimmy Buffett
as Blond Agent
George Sawaya
as Repo Victim No.1
Connie Ponce
as Repo Victim's Wife
Nancy Richardson
as Tennis Player
Con Covert
as Harry Pace
Sue Kiel
as Ms. Magruder
Alex Cox
as Carwash Attendant
Cosmo Mata
as Bouncer
Jorge Martinez
as Tennis Player
Harry Hauss
as Helicopter Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Repo Man

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (7)

Fine, stylish debut from Alex Cox with some great turns from the two leads.

April 29, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

June 4, 2007 | Full Review…

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

There are endless things to enjoy, from Robby Müller's crisp camerawork to a superb set of performances, from witty movie parodies to a tremendous punk soundtrack.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

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

Audience Reviews for Repo Man


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
Greg S

Super Reviewer

This is definitely a product of its time. Alex Cox's debut film is a wild and inventive, albeit messy mix of sci-fi, dark humor, G-Men, and punk rock, and it all revolves around the world of car repossession. Otto is a young down trodden punk who reluctantly gets a job as a repo man, a job he at first scoffs about, but comes to love, mostly due to the quick cash, and the exciting car chases that result, mostly due to the fact that they're an inescapable aspect of the job. All seems to be going fine enouh, but he suddenly gets thrust into a mad cap screwball plot that's such a wacky and convoluted mess that it makes fellow cult classic The Big Lebowski seem normal and mainstream by comparison. The movie is defintiely inventive, and has lots of neat ideas, and, while I can't fault a film in general for trying to be ambitious, I think Cox tried a little too hard and tried to throw too much into the mix with this one. It's all so absurd and weird and really doesn't come together all that great, yet, the film's not boring, and is made better by the performances from Emilio Estevez as Otto, and Harry Dean Stanton as the repo guru Bud. Also, Olivia Barash sticks out as being attractive in a rahter odd way (to me at least). I dunno, it was late at night whe nI watched it, and I was tired, and it seemed like she was more "out there pretty" than "regular pretty". Anyways, this movie's not great, but it's not a full on train wreck either. It's flawed, yet still kinda fun. If you're into films that defintiely aren't predictable, and have an appreciation for punk, then give this a spin.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Talk about cult films, this is probably the king of cults, the perfect example of a trashy low grade 80's punk film that incompasses everything from a weird B-movie plot to glorious displays of anarchy. Harry Dean Stanton riding high on his 'Alien' fame still chose to go with this which is curious but shows his respect for director Cox, a true British oddball. The plot is just non sensical really, dead aliens in the trunk of a car that is being driven around by some scientist guy who is slowly going mad from the radiation emitted from the bodies. At the same time Estevez and Stanton are repo men and pinching peoples cars when they hear of this one car and the reward, there isn't really much explanation for backstory here. I love how this film looks with its grimy low budget vibe and harsh street language hehe you gotta love Estevez's look here too, weird kinda clean cut punk thing going on. The film makes little sense and isn't explained in any fashion, it just happens cos it happens basically, director Cox manages to combine an Ed Wood level of sci-fi with a kind of urban punk ghetto gang theme running through it at the same time. The results are not exactly off the wall but gloriously silly, cheap and somewhat eccentric if you will, the whole thing is kinda like a druggie trip. Certainly not mainstream and probably not liked by just as many that do and see it as a cult classic. Very unique yet kinda pointless really, there doesn't appear to be any kind of revelation or moral to the story, it just ends on a very tacky looking bit of sci-fi leaving the rest up to you.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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