Repo Man

Repo Man

DVD - 2013
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About a weathered repo man in desolate downtown Los Angeles, and the nihilistic middle-class punk he takes under his wing. The job becomes more than either of them bargained for when they get involved in reclaiming a mysterious, and other worldly, Chevy Malibu with a hefty reward attached to it. Featuring the ultimate early-eighties L.A. punk soundtrack, this grungily hilarious odyssey is a politically trenchant take on President Reagan's domestic and foreign policy.
Publisher: [New York] : The Criterion Collection, 2013
Edition: Director-approved two-DVD special ed
ISBN: 9781604657159
1604657154
Branch Call Number: MOVIE REP
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (92 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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TheeAvebury
Oct 05, 2017

An 80's classic. Lot's of funny things happening in the background of scenes so you can find new laughs the second, third, etc. viewings.

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cromset
May 21, 2017

The greatest motion picture ever conceived.

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lukasevansherman
Sep 30, 2016

"The life of a repo man's always intense."

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X_Y_and_Zee
Feb 18, 2016

Released in 1984 - Repo Man was an instant cult-movie about a new wave punk who takes a job repossessing cars.

This film mixes social satire with science fiction. This format works well only about half the time.

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Mr_Harry
Apr 03, 2015

A little "too weird" for my taste, but a somewhat interesting, albeit silly, plot with unexplained (and goofy) plot twists. The ending was stupid and the screenwriter tried (frantically) to pull all the loose ends together by having the "unexplained" people meet and say "hi" in a hospital just prior to the climax. Not a satisfying use of my time and I won't recommend it because of all the gratuitous violence.

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Isley
Jun 25, 2014

It’s a mess, but a fun one that really builds a surreal and bizarre world for the unlikeable hero to progress through. While probably not as meaningful as the director envisioned it, there is at least an interesting commentary on punks and “joining the man” threaded throughout the story.

aaa5756 Apr 08, 2014

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box.

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mmorrell1
Feb 06, 2014

This is a gritty, low budget, cult classic that sprung up from the 80s hardcore punk era of Black Flag, The Stooges, Circle Jerks, etc. If you're tuned in to those bands you'll love this film despite its confused ending. The hand held, guerilla style camera work gives you a gut level feel of the LA streets; it almost has the feel of documentary. But it also has a really good story that young people can identify with as well, especially proletariat kids who are forced to fend for themselves after leaving high school and entering the work world. Punk rock's psychedelic, chaotic inner life merges successfully with the hyper realism of this movie and produced a classic that is being watched 32 years later. Five stars despite the garbled ending.

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jimg2000
Sep 25, 2013

Most imaginative sci fic crime comedy with bit of everything from poking fun at Ronald Reagan, ufo/aliens, evangelical scams, wishy washy politics and of course drug/car culture in the gritty shadow of L.A. during the early 1980's.

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krph3
Sep 15, 2011

one of a kind! and very funny too.

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aaa5756 Apr 08, 2014

“If it’s not one thing it’s another.” -Gilda Ratner, alias Rosanne Roseanna Danna

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jimg2000
Sep 25, 2013

Miller: A lot o' people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch o' unconnected incidents 'n things. They don't realize that there's this, like, lattice o' coincidence that lays on top o' everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you're thinkin' about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, plate, or shrimp, or plate o' shrimp out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one, either. It's all part of a cosmic unconciousness.
Otto: You eat a lot of acid, Miller, back in the hippie days?
Miller: I'll give you another instance: you know how everybody's into weirdness right now?...

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jimg2000
Sep 25, 2013

Bud: Credit is a sacred trust, it's what our free society is founded on. Do you think they give a damn about their bills in Russia? I said, do you think they give a damn about their bills in Russia?
Otto: They don't pay bills in Russia, it's all free.
Bud: All free? Free my ass. What are you, a xxxx' commie? Huh?
Otto: No, I ain't no commie.

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jimg2000
Sep 25, 2013

Agent Rogersz: Good evening, Otto. This is Agent Rogersz. I'm going to ask you a few questions. Since time is short and you may lie, I'm going to have to torture you. But I want you to know, it isn't personal

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