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Alex Cox (written by)
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Release Date:
2 March 1984 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A repo man is always intense... but only a fool gets killed for a car. See more »
Plot:
Young punk Otto becomes a repo man after helping to steal a car, and stumbles into a world of wackiness as a result. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"This is intense." See more (143 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Harry Dean Stanton ... Bud

Emilio Estevez ... Otto

Tracey Walter ... Miller

Olivia Barash ... Leila

Sy Richardson ... Lite
Susan Barnes ... Agent Rogersz
Fox Harris ... J. Frank Parnell

Tom Finnegan ... Oly

Del Zamora ... Lagarto

Eddie Velez ... Napo
Zander Schloss ... Kevin
Jennifer Balgobin ... Debbi
Dick Rude ... Duke

Miguel Sandoval ... Archie (as Michael Sandoval)

Vonetta McGee ... Marlene
Richard Foronjy ... Plettschner
Bruce White ... Reverend Larry

Biff Yeager ... Agent B
Ed Pansullo ... Agent E
Steve Mattson ... Agent S
Thomas R. Boyd ... Agent T (as Thomas Boyd)
Charles Hopkins ... Mr. Humphries

Helen Martin ... Mrs. Parks
Jon St. Elwood ... Miner
Kelitta Kelly ... Delilah
Varnum Honey ... Motorcycle Cop
Sue Kiel ... Ms. Magruder
David Chung ... Sheriff
Cynthia Szigeti ... U.F.O. Lady
Dorothy Bartlett ... English Dustbin Lady
Jonathon Hugger ... Otto Dad
Sharon Gregg ... Otto Mom
Dale Reynolds ... Peason
Jac McAnelly ... Pakman (as Jac MacAnelly)
Shep Wickham ... Additional Blond Agent
Gregg Taylor ... Additional Blond Agent
Jon Fondy ... Additional Blond Agent
Keith Miley ... Additional Blond Agent
Michael Bennett ... Additional Blond Agent
Brad Jamieson ... Additional Blond Agent

Jimmy Buffett ... Additional Blond Agent
Janet Chan ... Repo Wife #1

Angelique Pettyjohn ... Repo Wife #2
Logan Carter ... Repo Wife #3
Laura Sorrenson ... Repo Wife #4
George Sawaya ... First Repo Victim
Connie Ponce ... Repo Victim's Wife
Bob Ellis ... Soda Jerk (as Bobby Ellis)

Quentin Gutierrez ... Tow Truck Driver
Richard Surukawa ... Liquor Store Clerk #1
'Earthquake' Hesson ... Liquor Store Clerk #2
Keith Morris ... Nightclub Band Member (as The Circle Jerks)
Greg Hetson ... Nightclub Band Member (as The Circle Jerks)
Chuck Biscuits ... Nightclub Band Member (as The Circle Jerks)
Earl Liberty ... Nightclub Band Member (as The Circle Jerks)
Clyde Grimes ... Scooter Guys Member (as The Untouchables)
Chuck Askerneese ... Scooter Guys Member (as The Untouchables)
Kevin Long ... Scooter Guys Member (as The Untouchables)
Jerry Miller ... Scooter Guys Member (as The Untouchables)
Rob Lampron ... Scooter Guys Member (as The Untouchables)
Josh Harris ... Scooter Guys Member (as The Untouchables)
Herman Askerneese ... Scooter Guys Member (as The Untouchables)
Kim Williams ... Laundry Person
Michele Person ... Laundry Person
Wally Cronin ... Doctor
Monona Wali ... Nurse
Delores Delux ... Nurse (as Delores Deluxe)
Cosmo Mata ... Bouncer

Rodney Bingenheimer ... Club Owner (as Rodney Bengenheimer)
Jorge Martínez ... Tennis Player (as Jorge Martinez)
Melanie Schloss ... Tennis Player
Nancy Richardson ... Tennis Player

Con Covert ... Harry Pace
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Contreras ... Mr. Humphries' Security Guard (uncredited)
Alex Cox ... Carwash Attendant (uncredited)
Todd Darling ... (uncredited)
Linda Jensen ... (uncredited)
Tom Musca ... (uncredited)
Fox Purtill ... Radiation suit (uncredited)
Terry Schwartz ... (uncredited)
Peter Wacks ... (uncredited)
Abbe Wool ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Alex Cox 
 
Writing credits
Alex Cox (written by)

Produced by
Peter McCarthy .... producer
Michael Nesmith .... executive producer
Gerald T. Olson .... associate producer (as Gerald Olson)
Jonathan Wacks .... producer
 
Original Music by
Steven Hufsteter 
Tito Larriva  (as Humberto Larriva)
 
Cinematography by
Robby Müller (director of photography) (as Robby Muller)
 
Film Editing by
Dennis Dolan 
 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas 
 
Production Design by
Lynda Burbank 
 
Art Direction by
Lynda Burbank 
J. Rae Fox 
 
Set Decoration by
Cheryl Cutler 
 
Costume Design by
Theda DeRamus  (as Theda Deramus)
 
Makeup Department
Sharon Francis .... hair stylist (as Sharon Frances)
Sharon Francis .... makeup artist (as Sharon Frances)
Lisa Schulze .... hair stylist: additional photography
Lisa Schulze .... makeup artist: additional photography
Sheri Short .... assistant hair stylist
Sheri Short .... assistant makeup artist
Kyle Sweet .... assistant hair stylist (as Kyle Tucy)
Kyle Sweet .... assistant makeup artist (as Kyle Tucy)
 
Production Management
Allen Alsobrook .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Betsy Magruder .... first assistant director
Rip Murray .... second assistant director (as William 'Rip' Murray)
 
Art Department
Douglas Dick .... construction coordinator (as Doug Dick)
Douglas Fox .... property master (as Doug Fox)
John Lafia .... leadman
Ron Seigel .... property master: additional photography (as Ron Seigal)
 
Sound Department
Richard Beggs .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Flick .... assistant sound editor
Donald Flick .... sound editor
Kim Fowler .... foley artist
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... supervising sound editor
Larry Hoki .... production sound mixer: additional photography
Bonnie Koehler .... adr editor
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Nelson .... production sound mixer
John Post .... foley artist
Philip Rogers .... sound recordist
David E. Stone .... sound editor (as David Stone)
Ian Valentine .... boom operator
Richard L. Anderson .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roger George .... special effects
Robbie Knott .... special effects (as Robby Knott)
 
Visual Effects by
William Cruse .... visual effects
Magdalena Rangel .... computer graphics (as Magda Rangel)
Steven Michael Sarno .... computer graphics
George Seminara .... computer graphics (as George Seminarh)
 
Stunts
Rick Barker .... stunts
Brad Bovee .... stunt coordinator: additional photography
Thomas R. Boyd .... stunt double (as Thomas Boyd)
Danny Costa .... stunts (as Danny Kosta)
Will Dawson .... stunts
Bob Ellis .... stunt double (as Bobby Ellis)
Eddie Hice .... stunt coordinator
Eddie Hice .... stunts
Loren Janes .... stunt safety
Fred Scheiwiller .... stunts
Rick Seaman .... stunts
Michael S. Walter .... stunts (as Michael Walters)
Harry Wowchuk .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Orlando Bagwell .... grip
Chris Centrella .... gaffer: additional photography
Chris Centrella .... grip: additional photography
Robert K. Feldmann .... key grip (as Robert Feldman)
Kevin Galbraith .... electrician
Greg Gardiner .... gaffer
Jim Grce .... electrician
Scott Guthrie .... best boy electric
Daniel Hainey .... second camera operator
Rowdy Herrington .... grip
Kenneth J. Jones .... best boy grip (as Kenneth Jones)
Martin J. Layton .... first assistant camera (as Marty Layton)
Michael E. Little .... first assistant camera: additional photography (as Michael Little)
Chris Lombardi .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Dennis J. Lootens .... grip (as Dennis Lootens)
Patrick Melly .... electrician: additional photography
Ramon Menendez .... electrician: additional photography
Tom Musca .... video camera
Les Percy .... grip (as Leslie Percy)
Stephen L. Posey .... camera operator: second unit (as Stephen Posey)
John Reeder .... video engineer
Robert Richardson .... camera operator: additional photography
Tom Richmond .... second camera: additional photography
Christopher Tufty .... camera assistant: second unit (as Chris Tufty)
Martin Turner .... still photographer
Thomas Vanghele .... second assistant camera
Larry Markart .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tim Healey .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Dennis Brookins .... negative cutter
Dennis Brown .... apprentice editor
Barbara Caporale .... apprentice editor
Joan E. Chapman .... assistant editor (as Joan Chapman)
Janiss Garza .... supervising assistant editor
Thure Gustafson .... assistant editor
Stephen R. Myers .... assistant editor (as Steven Myers)
 
Music Department
Clem Burke .... musician: drums
Chuck Ferry .... assistant music engineer
Steven Hufsteter .... score performer (as Steven Hufsteter - The Plugz)
Tito Larriva .... score performer (as Tito Larriva - The Plugz)
Daniel Levitin .... musician (as Dr. Daniel Levitin)
Tony Marsico .... score performer (as Tony Marsico - The Plugz)
Kathy Nelson .... music supervisor
Iggy Pop .... composer: theme
Charlie Quintana .... score performer (as Charlie Quintana - The Plugz)
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Dan Boyd .... driver
Thomas R. Boyd .... driver (as Tom Boyd)
Jackie Diskin .... driver
Bob Ellis .... driver (as Bobby Ellis)
Thomas S. Lynch .... driver (as Tom Lynch)
John Morello .... driver
Scott Padgent .... driver
David Shaffer .... transportation captain (as David Shafer)
Hal Voelkel .... driver
 
Other crew
Mark Anderson .... location scout
Cameron Bishop .... craft service
Misty Carey .... production assistant (as Misty Sue Carey)
Misty Carey .... production assistant
Tim Clouse .... security officer
Chuck Collett .... technical consultant
Robert Dawson .... title designer: main titles
Al Delapp .... police
Bill Demyen .... police
Debbie Diaz .... executive: Edge City
Harry Hauss .... helicopter pilot
Marsha Koff .... production controller
Iya Labunka .... production coordinator
Mark Lewis .... technical advisor
Steve McAfee .... production assistant
Bruce McKrimmon .... video technical director
Michael Nesmith .... presenter
Amy Ness .... production executive
Brant Reiter .... creative consultant
Sharron Reynolds .... script supervisor
Dick Rude .... creative consultant
Pat Stransky .... security officer
Anne Van Der Vort .... production assistant
Brenda Weisman .... script supervisor (as Brenda Weiman)
Abbe Wool .... video coordinator
 
Thanks
Michael Chinich .... thanks
Harry Gittes .... thanks
 

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Runtime:
92 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Australia:R (video rating) | Finland:K-18 (original rating) | Finland:K-15 (re-rating) (2003) | New Zealand:R | Portugal:M/16 | UK:18 | USA:R (Approved No. 27271) | West Germany:16
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
According to 'Alex Cox''s autobiography, Zander Schloss was initially hired as a production assistant. He had asked to play the role of Kevin, Otto's nerdy friend. But the role first went to 'Chris Penn', who had asked Alex Cox several times for a role in the film, and initially asking to be cast as Lite. Cox already had a particular actor in mind for Lite and, after one day of filming with Penn in the role of Kevin, Cox felt his style was too comedic for the tone of movie. The part eventually went to Schloss.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Leila's colleague at U.F.O. calls her "Lilah."See more »
Quotes:
J. Frank Parnell:You don't even know what's in your own trunk! And you know what? I think you're afraid to find out!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "The Jeffersons" (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
Repo Man Theme SongSee more »

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77 out of 92 people found the following review useful.
"This is intense.", 24 April 2003
Author: Dennis Littrell from United States

I put this eighties cult classic right up there with Blazing Saddles (1974) and Dr. Strangelove (1964) as one of the best satires ever to hit the silver screen. No exaggeration: this is one bizarre and one very funny flick. Seeing it again after almost twenty years, I gotta say, it lost nothing.

Emilio Estevez stars as Otto Maddox, a head-strong and slightly naive ex-supermarket stock clerk and sometime punk rocker. He's kicking a can down the street when up pulls Bud, "a repo man," played with a fine degeneracy by Harry Dean Stanton, who asks him if he wants to make ten bucks. (Otto's reply is memorable but not printable here.) When he learns that Bud just wants him to drive a car and not...uh, never mind, he bargains it to twenty-five bucks. When he finds out that Bud repossesses cars for the "Helping Hand Acceptance Corporation," he is sorely offended. But when he realizes how intense the life is (and how bleak his other employment opportunities), he becomes a repo man himself.

Meanwhile there's J. Frank Parnell (Fox Harris wearing a demonic grin and weird black and empty frame glasses) driving a "hot" '64 Chevy Malibu. "You don't want to look in the trunk, Officer," he tells a cop who pulls him over on a desert highway. By the way, the map under the opening credits shows the action of this film beginning somewhere on old Route 66 in New Mexico, suggesting alien mecca Roswell territory perhaps, but most of scenes were clearly shot in LA, and the desert scene just mentioned was also probably shot in California as evidenced by the Joshua Trees in the background.

What director and scriptster Alex Cox does is combine urban ghetto realism with bizarro sci-fi shtick. He adds a fine punk soundtrack including the title song from Iggy Pop with a brief appearance by the Circle Jerks, and wow are they appropriate, but you have be a punker or a 15-year-old to really visualize their moniker. The supporting players, Sy Richardson as Lite, a black cat repo ace, and Tracey Walter as Miller, a demented street philosopher, really stand out. I also liked the black girl repo person with attitude (Vonetta McGee).

The real strength of the movie, aside from probably the best performance of Estevez's career, is in the street scene hijinks, the funny and raunchy dialogue, and all those sight gags. My favorite scene has Otto coming home to find his parents smoking weed on the couch zombie-like in front of the TV listening to a Christian evangelist while he scarfs down "Food" out of a blue and white can from the refrigerator. I mean "Food" is on the label, period. The Ralphs plain wrap (remember them) are all over the sets, in the convenience store, at the supermarket, bottles of plain wrap whiskey and plain wrap "Tasteetos," plain wrap beer and plain wrap cigarettes.

Some other good shtick: the dead rat thrown in the car with the woman that doesn't accomplish its purpose; the money in the presents that Otto throws out the window busted open by the tires of another car for us to see and drool over; the "I left a book of matches" line that diverts Otto's idiot friend pumping gas; the pepper spray; Miller by the ashcan fire contemplating the disappeared from the future and "the lattice of coincidence that lays on top of everything" (trippy, man); and the punk criminal act of "Let's go get sushi and not pay." And Otto's clean pressed white dress shirt and the tie--I love the tie--as Lite tells him, "Doing my job, white boy."

See this for the authentic eighties street scenes and for my UCLA Bruin buddy (by way of Oxford) director Alex Cox who dreamed the whole thing up. Only an Englishman could really see America authentically.

(Note: Over 500 of my movie reviews are now available in my book "Cut to the Chaise Lounge or I Can't Believe I Swallowed the Remote!" Get it at Amazon!)

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