A young punk recruited by a car repossession agency finds himself in pursuit of a Chevrolet Malibu that is wanted for a $20,000 bounty - and has something otherworldly stashed in its trunk.


Alex Cox


Alex Cox
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Dean Stanton ... Bud
Emilio Estevez ... Otto
Tracey Walter ... Miller
Olivia Barash ... Leila
Sy Richardson ... Lite
Susan Barnes Susan Barnes ... Agent Rogersz
Fox Harris Fox Harris ... J. Frank Parnell
Tom Finnegan ... Oly
Del Zamora ... Lagarto
Eddie Velez ... Napo
Zander Schloss Zander Schloss ... Kevin
Jennifer Balgobin Jennifer Balgobin ... Debbi
Dick Rude Dick Rude ... Duke
Miguel Sandoval ... Archie (as Michael Sandoval)
Vonetta McGee ... Marlene


Frustrated punk rocker Otto quits his supermarket job after slugging a co-worker, and is later dumped by his girlfriend at a party. Wandering the streets in frustration, he is recruited in the repossession of a car by a repo agent. After discovering his parents have donated his college fund to a televangelist, he joins the repossession agency (Helping Hand Acceptance Corporation) as an apprentice "repo man". During his training, he is introduced into the mercenary and paranoid world of the drivers, befriended by a UFO conspiracy theorist, confronted by rival repo agents, discovers some of his one-time friends have turned to a life of crime, is lectured to near cosmic unconsciousness by the repo agency grounds worker, and finds himself entangled in a web of intrigue concerning a huge repossession bounty on a 1964 Chevy Malibu driven by a lunatic government scientist, with Top Secret cargo in the trunk. Written by Baroque <gopher_baroque@hotmail.com>

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Did You Know?


Alex Cox originally wanted to cast televangelist Gene Scott as Reverend Larry. See more »


When Otto first enters the Helping Hands building, Marlene is on the phone. The camera then cuts to her and she is holding a pen instead of the phone. See more »


Otto: Some weird fuckin' shit, eh, Bud?
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Alternate Versions

The UK video version (both Universal and CIC) misses out a section where 'Asimov' speaks to Kevin at the gas station. Instead it just cuts from him getting out of the car, to him making a rather odd sighing noise and wandering off. See more »


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So many Ideas were spawned from this movie
23 July 2010 | by eve_dollukSee all my reviews

Repo Man !! Well not a bad attempt at low budget sci fi. Its appeal lies within its strangeness but even more appeal will come from those who relate to the main character Otto ( Emilio Estevez ) If you can relate to him you will get more enjoyment out of the film. Otto is a typical teenage waster who doesn't like taking orders and wants to live his life by his own rules. At the same time he isn't a bad guy unlike some of his friends. Otto is the only multi dimensional character in the film, every other character is some form of stereotype. I use Multi Dimensional loosely as even the Otto character is barely touched upon and without reading between the lines can be transparent to most people. Trying to do Sci Fi on a low budget will always be difficult ( trying to do Sci Fi with a budget is hard enough ). It definitely shows in Repo Man as the FX is pretty bad, this kind of adds character to the film but at the same time make it look shoddy. Im sure I could make a better metal arm myself with stuff i can find at home and some silver paint. Maybe the point was to make it look silly if so it worked. To Sum up Repo Man is zeitgeist of the late 70's early 80's ( has more of a 70's feel to it ) One thing i did notice was how many film writers/directors have plagiarised many elements from the film and improve on them in their own way. Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Wachowski Brothers amongst others

For that reason it has originality and is different to many films from that era.

I'd give it a 6/10 worth a watch at least once, maybe twice if you want to examine whats on show.

If your into MOVIES blah blah Hollywood give it a miss, if you like film and appreciate it then definitely give this one a go.

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Release Date:

2 March 1984 (USA) See more »

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Repo Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Alamos, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$95,300, 4 March 1984

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Edge City Productions See more »
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