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Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

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A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however.

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Darren Smith (screenplay), Terrance Zdunich (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexa PenaVega ... Shilo Wallace (as Alexa Vega)
Paul Sorvino ... Rotti Largo
Anthony Head ... Nathan / Repo Man (as Anthony Stewart Head)
Sarah Brightman ... Blind Mag
Paris Hilton ... Amber Sweet
Bill Moseley ... Luigi Largo
Kevin 'ohGr' Ogilvie Kevin 'ohGr' Ogilvie ... Pavi Largo (as Ogre)
Terrance Zdunich ... Graverobber
Sarah Power ... Marni
Jessica Horn Jessica Horn ... Jessica Adams
Branko Lebar Branko Lebar ... Rotti's Chauffeur
Briana Buckmaster ... Sherrie Alviso
Anna Kostan Anna Kostan ... Young Mormon Woman
Brad Austin ... Young Mormon Man
Marty Adams ... Big Man
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Storyline

In the year 2056 - the not so distant future - an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants, for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family's mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera. Written by Lionsgate

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Taglines:

Not Your Parent's Opera See more »

Genres:

Horror | Musical | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, language, some drug and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 November 2008 (Czech Republic) See more »

Also Known As:

Repo! The Genetic Opera See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,684, 9 November 2008

Gross USA:

$146,750

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$188,126
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Was originally a stage play located in LA and New York City. Director Darren Lynn Bousman also directed a version of the stage play in 2001. See more »

Goofs

The story in newspaper with the headline "Marni Calls Off Wedding!" shown during the "Gold" scene is about Blind Mag working for GeneCo, not Marni breaking up with Rotti, See more »

Quotes

Rotti Largo: Your mother once promised her love to me. Had she never fled you would be mine. Deny your father now for the world to see! Kill him!
Shilo Wallace: What?
Luigi Largo: Kill him!
Shilo Wallace: No!
Rotti Largo: And I leave you GeneCo!
Luigi Largo: What?
Pavi Largo: All of it?
Rotti Largo: Oh yes!
Pavi Largo: Oh no!
Rotti Largo: So witness is people! All I have to do is sign the paper! All you have to do is pull the trigger!
[...]
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Alternate Versions

In the original script the film began with the character Shilo Wallace going down to her mother's tomb and the first song was 21st Century Cure. The creators thought that how the movie started was too slow so they decided to take the song 'Genetic Repoman' that was suppose to play at the end of the film and put it at the very beginning. Then they cut the scene Thing's You See in a Graveyard into two separate parts and played part 1 after Genetic Repoman. This gave the film more of a bigger and dramatic opening. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Mother's Day 2010 (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Inoppurtune Telephone Call
Written by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich
Performed by Anthony Head and Alexa PenaVega (as Alexa Vega)
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Potential was there...
26 November 2008 | by theatrejakeSee all my reviews

I watched the second showing in Atlanta tonight. Some disclaimers:

As a fan of musicals, especially musicals that are not your usual fare, my expectations were high. I love Rocky Horror, was an avid fan for many years, and have been one of those who can quote not only the whole musical but all those lovely shout out lines in between. I also am a fan of stage musicals, and I would have to say Sweeney Todd has been my favorite since I first heard the music back in the early 90's. So I'm not afraid of a little blood with my music.

I also am a big fan of the Buffy musical. So I like Anthony Head's voice and acting. I should be foaming at the mouth at this movie. It's like it was made for me.

Unfortunately, I walked out of the movie thinking it was okay. Not great, but okay. That's when I ran into the fans, dressed like the characters and all chatting about how great it was. And it clicked.

This is supposed to be the next Rocky Horror... but without the long agonizing wait for a cult following. This was insta-cult classic! Just add water! The problem is, it's just not as good.

Believe me, I wanted it as much as the next Rocky/Buffy/Brightman fan, but the failing for me was in the music. I'm even a fan of this style of music, and it was not catchy. It was patchy. There were a few songs that were okay, but none of them were memorable. I'm not singing bits of them right now, and after a good musical you should be. As I talked to some of the fans who were wearing the costumes (some of whom I actually knew), their response to my critique was that "it grows on you" and that "I need to see it a few times".

They were gonna like this movie regardless, because they need another movie like Rocky Horror. And who doesn't? It gets boring watching the same movie for years and years - I know, I did it. But it's just not as good. And everyone is trying so hard to make it good.

This leads me to my last comment - I sat in front of a die-hard fan who was trying as hard as he could to make this movie great. He laughed the loudest and even tried to "Rockyfy" the movie by inserting his own shout-out comments. I remember thinking, "Dude, this isn't that movie" and I was only 5 minutes into it.

Don't try to make a movie good. Be objective. Even if it's your favorite kind of movie, don't be afraid to say that it's not that good. Wait for the ones that are.


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