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This film is extraordinary, and it has been overlooked by the public and
critics alike. The real story is the dialogue and the interaction between
Otto and Bud. Everything else, albeit terrific, is secondary. Bud's
observations and notions of what is right and wrong with humanity are in
some cases exactly correct, and at other times idealized. He is dead-on
when he preaches that good credit is the foundation of free society. In
another scene he elaborates on how he hates "ordinary f*ing people" because
they avoid tense situations. Later on, he wonders why people don't
car-pool. But his naivete shows through when he claims that all repo men
live by the code, while the entire rest of the film is a depiction of repo
men engaging in everything but living by the code. Yet it's his own
adherence to the code that keeps him going. Bud obviously believes that if
everyone just paid their bills, the world would be nearly
The perfectly-hilarious scenes in Repo Man are too numerous to list. The language is more colorful than a group of ten-year-olds who just learned how to swear. The secondary characters are perfect as well. The John Wayne discussion was brilliant - I've never seen anything like it on film. Equally funny was the scene where Otto is recruited into the ranks of the repo men. After Otto pours a beer on the floor of the office, another repo man enters the room and wonders who pissed on the floor again, implying that it wasn't the first time this had happened. Bud praises Otto for his audacity and hires him on the spot.
This film is simply the best appearance ever for Emilio Estevez. I only wish that I could discuss it and re-watch it with a larger audience.
I've seen the film numerous times. I love it how the hero's adventures pass through the activities of a very normal life (a meaningless job, delinquent friends, loneliness) to lead him not to despair and frustration like some of us, but to the discovery of alien life and a night flight with a self driven glowing car.
Anybody that knows me knows that I only love two things. Twin Peaks and Repo Man. When you think about it, they are lovable for many of the same reasons. Fantastic dialogue, brilliant acing, offbeat characters, etc. Repo Man is a film that not many people in the "mainstream" appreciate. When we watched the film in English class, everybody but my friends and me were asleep. One even commented that it was the worst film they had ever seen. Hyperbole? Maybe, but I took comfort in knowing that I was intellectually superior to he, for I appreciated a quality film. It is not meant for a mainstream audience because it attacks mainstream life. It is a f***ing brilliant piece of art, and when I die I want the entire 'plate of shrimp' speech engraved on my tombstone. GENIUS
Very weird movie. Low-budget. Things happening in the background, bits of
dialogue that come into play later on, either through visual puns or through
other bits of dialogue.
The plot isn't much--something about a weird thing in the trunk of a stolen car. The plot's really something to hang the weirdness on, the musings about life and whatnot. Emilio Estevez is the new repo man, drifting through life from one dead-end job to another.
The movie has a purposefully leaden feel, with moments of intense action. Lots of quotable lines. Very offbeat, very memorable.
Punk Emilio (Otto) knocks heads with a group of nutso characters from dopers, stick-up men (and women), spaced-out Jesus freaks, the homeless, the poor slobs who aren't making their car payments, and the wacky staff at Helping Hand, the repo company. The only way out of this mess for Otto, who has nothing to lose, is to dive into the next journey on his path to nowhere, which he does at the end of the film in a most amazing way. Interesting soundtrack; listen carefully.
What a truly classic cult film!!! This is one of those films which will
produce one of two results: Either you will laugh until you cry or you just
won't care for the humor. Needless to say, I laughed myself
Emilio Estevez is perfect as Otto, the street punk who stumbles across a job repossessing cars. While his parents give his college money to a televangelist cult & subsequently rot away on the family couch in front of the TV, Otto makes his way through a sea of bizarre characters en route to his destiny.
Harry Dean Stanton is pure genius. In fact, he almost steals the show with his intentionally over-the-top dialogue and eccentricity.
There are many, many quirks in this film, so keep your eyes and ears open. Pay special attention to the packaged food in the convenience store.
Not a film for everyone, but a must for those who enjoy good, bizarre humor.
Emilio Estevez stars as an out of work grocery clerk who accepts a
proposition and ends up as the title character, working for a company
and learning on the job...the hard way.
You know, this movie is cheesy. You can't deny it, but, in this case, it doesn't mean it's that bad. To me, it ranks right up there with "Earth Girls Are Easy" with Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum. I know some kids today think these films are cool, but, trust me, when you get a little older, you find out that there's more to life than an old Chevy Malibu and whatever might be in the trunk.
I love Estevez as an actor, and I thought he did a good job trying to be serious and hamming it up a bit in "Maximum Overdrive," but it seems here like he tried too hard to make it a serious sci-fi flick. As far as the cult classic side, any movie like this that can be quoted in later movies like "Twister" can't be all that bad, but I still can't give this a very high rating.
3 out of 10 stars.
I saw this movie on television a year or two after it came out. That
would be sometime in the mid-80's and I was around 9 years old. I was
immediately mesmerized by this film's cool, zany atmosphere, the great
music and the streetwise but also completely off-the-wall story. Ever
since, I've seen this movie dozens of times. I've seen the English
version with the "there isn't a repo man that doesn't take speed"
scene, the American version with the scene where Otto smashes the pay
phone. I've seen it dubbed in Spanish, Portuguese and German. And now I
finally have it on DVD and I watch it every two months or so.
I never get tired of this movie. I've seen it so many times over the years that it's become a part of who I am. I know most of the film's fantastic dialogue by heart, and the last time I watched it (I was pretty drunk after coming home after a night out) I found myself singing along to the stupid 7-Up advertising jingle that Kevin sings in the beginning.
Because of this film, Harry Dean Stanton is my favorite actor. Repo Man is also the only good movie Emilio Estevez has ever been in.
If you are unlucky enough to not have seen this movie yet, please do yourself a favor and see it as soon possible. But before you do... C'MON, LET'S GO GET A DRINK !!
My experience of this movie is remarkably similar to that of many of the
other reviewers. I saw it in the theater (as part of an English class
assignment, no less!) when I was a college freshman in 1984. It blew me
Some of the negative reviewers have pointed out aspects of this movie that seem derivative to them - but the other items they claim it to reference (e.g., Tarentino's work) came AFTER this one. Who's derivative? Let me tell you, at the time this movie was something completely new. No, of course punk wasn't new anymore, but this movie and its style were completely out of left field. Having just escaped dreadful, brainless Reagan suburbia for the fertile grounds of college and the big city, it was a big gust in the fresh air I was suddenly breathing, and I loved it. Still do.
I loved the nihilistic punk sensibility, down to the generic food labels, even though I never completely figured out all the symbolism, if any was intended. Maybe the point, very precisely, WAS the futility of trying to find sense in a chaotic world in which there was no sense to be made. In any case, it absolutely defined the era in which I was living, and reigned as "my favorite movie" for several years.
So many classic jokes and catch phrases, regularly referenced by myself and my friends for years to come, came from Repo Man ... "BAD AREA", "You find one in every car ... you'll see", "Otto, what about our relationship? ... F*** that!", "Ordinary f***ing people, I hate 'em", "And yet ... I blame society", "Let's go do some crimes", "Looking for the joke with a microscope", "There's f***ing room to move as a fry cook", "Pablo Picasso was never called an a**hole", "A Repo Man spends his live getting into tense situations", the whole John Wayne exchange. And the soundtrack is one of the best in history.
Is my opinion tainted by the atmosphere in which I was exposed to it? Sure, but it's still a great movie.
One of the few cult classics I freely say I enjoyed, this film has a unique quality of being pretty good, yet deep down you know this is just trash. It's quite a quandary, considering this film is so close to my heart, yet so way off my critical radar. I guess it is good to have a film like this on your resume, one that is just silly, yet likable. Harry Dean Stanton was brilliant in his role, fully epitomizing the high stress life the repo man. Otto was also portrayed nicely by Emilio Estevez. Watch this film if you dare. You just might like it.
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