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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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3 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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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 (as Jimmy Buffet)
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 Furukawa ... Liquor Store Clerk #1 (as Richard Surukawa)
'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)

Diane Zapanta ... Calendar girl (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 .... 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 .... 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 Sinclair 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)
 
Location Management
Mark Anderson .... location scout
 
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
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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92 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (2008) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-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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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 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:
Continuity: During the scene where Bud and Otto are racing down the side of the canal with the Rodrigues brothers, Lagarto suddenly disappears from the passenger seat.See more »
Quotes:
Otto:I'm a repo man.
Leila:What's that?
Otto:It's a repossessor, I take back cars from dildos who don't pay their bills. Cool, huh?
Leila:No.
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Movie Connections:
References "Saturday Night Live" (1975)See more »
Soundtrack:
Coup D'EtatSee more »

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60 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
One for the first of the crapped-on generations..., 15 June 2004
Author: mentalcritic from Southern Hemisphere

Those who were unlucky enough to reach adulthood during the 1980s or 1990s will relate most to this film. Like all the best films, it sets no specific genre for itself, instead preferring to tell a story and leaving the audience to respond in its own way. Many don't get this film as a result, and a lot of the sight gags require an understanding of 1980s commercialism. The reward for getting it, on the other hand, is one of the trippiest films ever committed to celluloid.

Director Alex Cox uses his connections to, or perhaps that should be knowledge of, the American punk scene to full effect here. The soundtrack is unlike anything heard in films of the same period, with numerous standout tunes that demand just as much attention as the on screen action. With lyrical snatches like "let's all leech off the state, gee, money's really great!", every moment in the film, musical or otherwise, is a commentary on the plight of Otto's generation, and generations since.

Aside from the cameos from numerous musicians that you can connect to more famous figures in a Kevin Bacon sort of manner (Chuck Biscuits would later drum for Danzig), the film is very well-known for containing some figures who were either famous at the time, or would become famous in subsequent years. The obvious example is Emilio Estevez, but cast members like Harry Dean Stanton or Sy Richardson will also give off a spark of recognition. A lot of the film becomes a game of "where have I seen that guy before?". Not only that, but at least half of the lines are inherently quotable.

If there is one flaw in the film, I can't think of it. The rain of ice cubes is a bit poorly realised, but that just adds to the film's effect. One notable writer has been quoted as saying "learn to see the worst films, sometimes they are sublime". Repo Man is sublime, but is also one of the best, for a number of reasons. Instead of using the money hose to wash away its creative problems, it revels in its inherent stupidity or weirdness. Where else can you see a woman with a robotic hand made out of tinfoil, and actors working so well around it?

In all, I gave Repo Man a 10 out of 10. If you're into weirdness, this is the Holy Grail. Those who enjoyed films like This Is Spinal Tap or Rebel High, ponder no further - get this film on DVD-Video *now*.

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