Repo Man (special Edition)

Directed By: Alex Cox Starring: Emilio Estevez Harry Dean Stanton

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The explosive, action-paced cult classic returns in this all-new special edition. Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton star as 'repo men' who get caught up in a series of bizarre adventures involving G-men, a nuclear scientist, UFO cultists and revolutionaries. Put your seat belt on and enjoy the wild ride in this groundbreaking, punk-rock, sci-fi black comedy with all-new bonus materials!


Studio Universal
SKU 202026008
UPC 025192851025
UPC 14 00025192851025
Format DVD
Release Date 1/24/2006
Rating Rating
Conspiracy Theories
Cult Film
Essential Cinema
Los Angeles, California
Music (General)
Punk Rock
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Otto (Emilio Estevez) is a Los Angeles punk, a loser with no direction and no role models. But he discovers a code of honor and higher purpose when he joins a select group of latter-day knights: the repo men. As a fledging apprentice, Otto slowly learns the ways of these high-caliber, overmedicated auto repossessors. And when a $20,000 bounty is placed on a mysterious missing car, Otto eludes the police, feds, religious cultists, and other repo men in a frantic search for this holy grail. Could one man's destiny lie in the back of a 1964 Chevy Malibu? Alex Cox's feature-film debut boasts a clever, satirical script that combines the larger-than-life edginess of urban L.A. with a bizarre array of science-fiction conspiracy theories. The film also features a strong soundtrack by an array of early 1980s punk and new wave bands and a terrific lead performance by Estevez.
Plot Summary
Summary This cult classic, the debut film by maverick director Alex Cox, stars Emilio Estevez as a young Los Angeles punker named Otto. Bored and directionless, Otto becomes the protégé of a deranged car repossessor and soon matches his mentor in skill. They compete for a bizarre repo prize--a '64 Chevy Malibu driven by a lobotomized nuclear scientist. A unique, masterful blend of blue-collar character bits, satirical conspiracy theories, and edgy science fiction make for an entertaining treat.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "The more you drive, the less intelligent you are."--Miller (Tracey Walter)
Quote "Whoa, that was intense!"--Otto (Emilio Estevez)|"A repo man is ALWAYS intense."--Bud (Harry Dean Stanton)
New York Times "...[REPO MAN] is the real thing. It's a sneakily rude, truly zany farce that treats its lunatic characters with a solmenity that perfectly matches the way in which they see themselves..." 07/06/1984 p.C8
Variety "...REPO MAN has the type of unerring energy that leaves audiences breathless and entertained..." 03/07/1984
Entertainment Weekly "Estevez chases a 1964 Chevy Malibu from outer space in punk auteur Alex Cox's comic sci-fi satire." -- Grade: B 02/03/2006 p.61
Rolling Stone "One giant nihilism-smothered sickly grin, the film depicts an otherworldly Los Angeles subculture in the time of Reagan and nuclear fear." 02/09/2006 p.70
Uncut 5 stars out of 5 -- "Alex Cox has never bettered his feature debut, a brilliantly off-kilter thriller-of-sorts..." 03/01/2012
Sight and Sound "Alex Cox's debut feature fizzes with playful visual ideas and meta-movie gags of the kind Tarantino would adopt a decade or so later..." 03/01/2012
Alex Cox
Emilio Estevez
Harry Dean Stanton
Cast & Crew
Alex Cox - Director
Alex Cox - Writer
Dennis Dolan - Editor
Emilio Estevez - Actor
Harry Dean Stanton - Actor
Iggy Pop, et. al. - Original Music By
Michael Nesmith - Executive Producer
Olivia Barash - Actor
Peter McCarthy, et. al. - Producer
Robby Muller - Cinematographer
Tracey Walter - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1984
Catalog ID 28510
UPC 00025192851025
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 93 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
ReviewSource Variety
Review Repo Man has the type of unerring energy that leaves audiences breathless and entertained. While the title, referring to the people who repossess cars from those behind on their payments, might suggest a low-budget, gritty, realistic venture, the truth exists somewhat on the other end of the spectrum....
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Reader
Review Alex Cox's 1984 punk comedy is set in a rotting Los Angeles, where a disaffected adolescent Emilio Estevez finds an outlet for his aggression and an answer to his boredom in an apprenticeship with a professional car repossessor Harry Dean Stanton. Cox's style is a step beyond camp into a comedy of pure disgust; much of the film is churlishly unpleasant, but there's a core of genuine anger that gives the project an emotional validation lacking in the flabby American comedies of the early 80s. The narration seems deliberately crude and jerky, as if the nihilism of the tale had infected its telling, and there's an unfortunate late turn into science fiction spoofiness. But Stanton, strange and wonderful, bridges it all with his uncrackable conviction.
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Special Edition, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1); Dolby Surround Sound, Feature Commentary, Interview, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Theatrical Trailer, English, Spanish, French Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Estevez,Emilio
Label Mca Home Video
Video Format DVD
Rita Kempley, Washington Post It's a quirky film, extremely profane and violent a respite from reverential sigh-fi. It's like visiting the bus depot late at night, and finding you kind of like it
T.V. Guide One of the most original films of recent memory, with an edge of black humor and punk sensibility and wickedly funny, ceaselessly inventive, and never boring.
Vincent Canby, New York Times The real thing.

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