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Repo Man (1984)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Barnes ...
Fox Harris ...
J. Frank Parnell
Zander Schloss ...
Jennifer Balgobin ...
Dick Rude ...
Archie (as Michael Sandoval)


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)  »

Also Known As:

El reclamador  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Allusions to William S. Burroughs' novel "Naked Lunch": "Paging Dr Benway" in the hospital and mentioning Bill Lee. See more »


At the beginning, in the wide shots from behind the car, Parnell is not wearing his shades. It's actually a different actor because Fox Harris couldn't drive. See more »


Oly: You want some help with that beer, kid?
Otto: You're all repo men.
Oly: What if we are?
[Otto pours his entire beer on the floor]
Bud: [standing up] You know, kid, uh, usually when when someone pulls shit like that, my first reaction is, I wanna punch his fuckin' lights out. But you know something?
Bud and Oly: YOU'RE ALL RIGHT.
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Referenced in The King of Queens: Depo Man (2001) See more »


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Best punk movie ever
20 August 2002 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

Today most part of culture is based in consume: we are what we dress, what we drink, what we eat. The punk scene started more that twenty years ago because the young and bold realized this, unfurtunately, we still are what we consume. Repo-man is the best picture I´ve seen that resembles the punk sesibilities of "no future" and "anarchy" and its no wonder Alex Cox later directed Sid and Nancy. In this movie you can find that ugly stetic, nihilistic breath and the wasted youth of the young people who crashes to the capitalistic jaws of a system understood by few. This is one hell of a movie, and 18 years later after being being made, it ended being profetic. In fact,1999`s Figth Club seems to me like Repo Man updated, and the X-files and MIB are previewed here. Repo Man is a brave masterpiece on the "no future"

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