Repo man

United States, 1984

Film
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A groundbreaking movie that introduced a punk sensibility to the film noir genre. Otto (Emilio Estevez) is a bored young man, just fired from his job in a supermarket, who meets up with a smooth-talking loner (Harry Dean Stanton) who recruits him as a “repo man”: a repossesor of cars because of default of payment. The strange plot involves aliens, Government spies and assorted punks and gangsters all searching for a 1964 Chevy Malibu which may hold the secret of life and death. The plot, however, doesn’t really matter. What does is the assured surreal landscape that Alex Cox discovers in the underbelly of suburban Los Angeles, and his irreverent experiments with genre. The LA of Repo Man is a disintegrating city, violent and alienated, but the film manages to undiscover a weird and sometimes eloquent beauty in the decay. The soundtrack, featuring US independant punk music from bands like Circle Jerks, Suicidal Tendencies, Black Flag and Iggy Pop is outstanding.

Credits

director

Alex Cox

co-producer

Peter McCarthy

Jonathan Wacks

production company

Edge City Productions

Michael Nesmith Productions

Language

English

Duration

01:29:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

39005

Audience classification

R (18+)

Subject categories

Comedy

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Fantasy & Science Fiction → Extraterrestrial beings

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Extraterrestrial beings

Music & Performing Arts → New wave music

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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