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Repo Man (1984)

Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result.

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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 near 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 Malibu driven by a lunatic government scientist, with Top Secret cargo in the trunk. Written by Baroque <gopher_baroque@hotmail.com>

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


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2 March 1984 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Executive producer Michael Nesmith was in the band and TV show The Monkees. See more »

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When the motor-cycle cop walks to the back of the Chevy Malibu to look in the trunk, the number plate is "K8B 283". As the Malibu drives off, leaving the cop's smoking boots, its number plate is "127 GBH". According to the director's voice-over, these takes were months apart because the original Malibu was stolen from the set. See more »

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English Dustbin Lady: Hey. I know you. You're the one that run into my trash.
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References The Farmer's Wife (1928) See more »

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Written by Ma Rainey (uncredited) and Lena Arant (uncredited)
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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A punk rock, science fiction b-movie comedy of the highest order!
3 September 2004 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

By the time I got around to seeing this movie, I was prepared for something great. One of the best movies I'd ever seen. I wasn't really disappointed.

'Repo Man' is so original, so funny, so weird and so frequently brilliant that it just can't be ignored. It also has aged fairly well. It looks pretty good in 2004 for a cheap cult film of the 80s.

I can't really say much about the storyline without giving it away, but what I will say is a young punk kid is taken in to the weird, wild world of repo men, who all take speed and keeping the repo man honour is more important to them than to mafia bosses.

It also features a brilliant soundtrack with the likes of punk rock icons Iggy Pop, The Ramones and The Circle Jerks.

A brilliant film, recommended to anyone.


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