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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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A repo man is always intense... but only a fool gets killed for a car. See more »


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2 March 1984 (USA)  »

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$1,500,000 (estimated)

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$95,300 (USA) (4 March 1984)

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$3,569,083 (USA)
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The aesthetic of the film is influenced by the underground comics of the 60s and 70s, particularly the work of Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton. The Rodriguez brothers are modelled on Shelton's Fabulous Furry Freak brothers. See more »

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As Bud falls backward in the convenience store shootout, one shot shows his pistol hitting some bottles. The slide is locked to the rear, which can only happen if the magazine is completely empty, although in the previous shot it was forward and Bud hadn't fired. See more »

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Otto Plettschner, Rent-A-Cop: Don't you say fuck you to me! Don't you know who I am?
Otto: Yeah, you're Plettschner.
Otto Plettschner, Rent-A-Cop: You're fuckin' right I'm Plettschner! Otto Plettschner! Three times decorated in two world wars! I was killing people while you were still swimming around in your father's balls! You little scumbag! I worked five years in a slaughterhouse, and ten years as a prison guard in Attica!
Otto: So what?
Otto Plettschner, Rent-A-Cop: So what? So never say fuck you to me! Because you haven't earned the right yet!
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Referenced in Southland Tales (2006) 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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