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Alex Cox's cult favorite finally gets the Criterion high-def treatment it has deserved for so many years....
Criterion / 92 Minutes / 1984 / Rated R / Street Date: April 16, 2013
Eyes melt, skin explodes, everybody's dead!
If you were a white suburban punk in the mid to late 80's, three things were certain. First, you had to mooch a ride to a crappy part of town to see cool bands play. Punk bands never played in the suburbs. Second, you had to mooch a ride to a crappy part of town to find a store that carried punk rock. The mall never stocked anything other than the hair metal bands you we trying to escape from. Finally you took punk rock etiquette lessons from the schools of Penelope Spheeris (Suburbia) and Alex Cox (Repo Man). In order to make sure the lessons were totally ingrained into your thought process, these movies were watched as often as humanly possible, preferably every weekend.
Created by writer/director Alex Cox (Straight to Hell and Sid & Nancy), Repo Man is a story about an unemployed punk named Otto (played by Emilio Estevez) that gets duped into helping Bud (Harry Dean Stanton) repossess a car. He seems to enjoy the work and the film follows Otto as he learns the repo code from Bud and how to be "bad" from Lite (played by Sy Richardson). The LA locations for the film are desolate, there are weird generic products like "food" and "drink" in every store, and they seem to get robbed often. Throw a scientist driving a 1964 Chevy Malibu with a trunk full of dead aliens, Otto's weird friends, the C.I.A. and the sage like character of Miller (played by Tracy Walter) into the mix and you've got all the makings of a cult classic.
If you have never seen the movie before, a plot summary won't really help you out much - it's quite strange. However this film did create a large body of quotable dialogue that has found its way into popular culture. Lines like "Let’s go get sushi and not pay," "A Repo Man's always intense," and "John Wayne was a faggot," while not quite a memorable as "You're gonna need a bigger boat," have secured a spot in this generation's vocabulary.