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Repo Man Details


Alex Cox's directorial debut was a wickedly funny and willfully bizarre story that became a major cult item once it began making the art-house rounds a year after its release (an initial run in a string of Southern grind houses and drive-ins, where it was billed as an action film, was a resounding failure). Having lost his job and his girlfriend, punk rocker Otto (Emilio Estevez) meets a guy named Bud (Harry Dean Stanton) who offers him $25 to drive his wife's car out of a "bad area." When a handful of angry people start chasing Otto, he realizes that something is up, and he discovers that Bud repossesses cars for a living. With few immediate prospects, Otto joins Bud at the repo yard and is soon "ripping" cars with the best of them. When an anonymous source posts a $20,000 reward for a missing 1964 Chevy Malibu, it turns out that what's valuable isn't the car itself, but what's in the trunk, which is very hot, glows brightly, and kills anyone who comes in contact with it. A vaguely surreal modern-noir science-fiction comedy with echoes of Harry Dean Stanton (1955), Repo Man is packed with more incongruous sight gags than anyone can absorb in one viewing; keep your eyes peeled for the air fresheners, the generic newspaper box, and the watches without hands. Harry Dean Stanton gives a superb comic performance as the intense but laid-back Bud, Emilio Estevez delivers perhaps the best work of his career as the petulant but goofy Otto, and Tracey Walter is hilarious as the spaced out repo-yard man Miller. Iggy Pop wrote and performed the theme song and The Circle Jerks appear as a lounge band. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 2, 1984


Harry Dean Stanton
as Bud
Emilio Estevez
as Otto Maddox
Olivia Barash
as Leila
Tracey Walter
as Miller
Sy Richardson
as Lite
Jennifer Balgobin
as Debbi
Richard Foronjy
as Plettschner
Del Zamora
as Lagarto Rodriguez
Fox Harris
as J. Frank Parnell
Vonetta McGee
as Marlene
Harry Wowchuk
as Stunt
Angelique Pettyjohn
as Repo Wife No.2
Zander Schloss
as Kevin
Sue Kiel
as Ms. Magruder
Monona Wali
as Nurse
Helen Martin
as Mrs. Parks
Tom Finnegan
as Oly
Jac McAnelly
as Pakman
Keith Morris
Jimmy Buffett
as Blond Agent
David Chung
as Sheriff
Laura Sorenson
as Repo Wife No.4
Nancy Richardson
as Tennis Player
Dolores Deluxe
Rick Barker
as Stunt
Eddie Hice
as Stunt
Todd Darling
Bob Ellis
as Soda Jerk
Biff Yeager
as Agent B
Harry Hauss
as Helicopter Pilot
Rodney Bingenheimer
as Club Owner
Steve Mattson
as Agent S
Cynthia Szigeti
as U.F.O. Lady
Jorge Martinez
as Tennis Player
Tom Musca
The Circle Jerks
as Nightclub Band
Dorothy Bartlett
as Old Lady
Con Covert
as Harry Pace
Ed Pansullo
as Agnet E
Eddie Velez
as Napo
Alex Cox
Dick Rude
as Duke
Susan Barnes
as Agent Rogers
Fred Scheiwiller
as Stunt


Alex Cox
Jonathan Wacks
Peter McCarthy
Alex Cox
Robby Müller
Tito Larriva
Composer (Music Score)
Humberto Larriva
Composer (Music Score)
Henry Rollins
Iggy Pop
Composer (Music Score)
Iggy Pop
Lynda Burbank
Art Director
Gerald T. Olson
Associate Producer
Michael Nesmith
Executive Producer
Theda Deramus
Costume Designer
Steve Nelson
Sound/Sound Designer
Victoria Thomas
Allen Alsobrook
Production Manager