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Worth A Look: 20.83%
Average: 8.33%
Pretty Bad: 4.17%
Total Crap: 4.17%

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by Rob Gonsalves

"Rent it, melon farmers."
5 stars

The punk/sci-fi film to beat, though 'Liquid Sky' comes close. If you like your movies smart-ass, fast-paced, and absolutely unsentimental, this is what you want.

In a terrific early performance, Emilio Estevez is Otto, a sneering L.A. punk who can’t hold a job and finds work as a “repo man” — a glorified car thief, really, who repossesses cars when their owners fall behind on their bills. Otto learns the ropes from veteran repo man Bud (Harry Dean Stanton, great as usual), whose favorite terms of endearment are “asshole” and “dildo.” Bud is obsessed with finding a Chevy Malibu, which turns out to be owned by a demented, lobotomized scientist hiding aliens in the trunk.

And that’s only the beginning; to reveal much more would be unfair. This feature debut from Alex Cox is loose, unstructured, and full of cold-hearted humor, not to mention a pricelessly bland appearance by the Circle Jerks (“I used to like these guys,” Otto says).

The infamous TV edit, prepared by Cox, includes such hilarious profanity substitutes as “melon farmer” for “motherfucker”; as the IMDb points out, “The dubbed dialogue of the TV version has achieved cult status in its own right.”

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User Comments

9/09/13 roger i'm over film along with THE WILD BUNCH 5 stars
1/06/13 thrint THE cult film, all others need not apply. 5 stars
3/01/11 Captain Slog The ultimate cult movie 5 stars
12/09/10 mr.mike Mucho laughter. The best I've seen Estevez. 4 stars
11/15/10 repo BEST. Period. (triple combo) 5 stars
9/07/10 Philly Cult Favorite movie of all time, gets better each time I see it! 5 stars
9/18/08 steve The greatest film of all time. Nuff said. 5 stars
8/10/08 Man out 6 bucks The true soul of Los Angeles immortalized. Dirty hot concrete desert of random circumstance 5 stars
1/21/08 Chris Love this film for years 5 stars
6/11/07 Mark & Katya Random toss. Total waste of 90 minutes. 1 stars
4/04/07 David Pollastrini Olivia Barash was hot in this! 3 stars
7/17/06 mark michael nesmith managed to strike at the heart of the 80's/cold war fatigue--great! 5 stars
8/21/05 Indrid Cold Like a crasser, weirder "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure." Several funny moments. 4 stars
12/20/04 Steve Newman I would love to see a proper review from the contributors on this board. I enjoyed it 4 stars
11/16/04 Dunce I love, love, LOVE this film but it's not for everyone. 4 stars
8/27/04 Ghetto Smurf Not a classic, but an alright movie to watch at midnight in-between wank sessions. 3 stars
6/03/04 Jack Sommersby Messy and doesn't flesh out ideas, but you just can't take your eyes off the damn thing. 4 stars
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  02-Mar-1984 (R)
  DVD: 24-Jan-2006



Directed by
  Alex Cox

Written by
  Alex Cox

  Emilio Estevez
  Harry Dean Stanton
  Tracey Walter
  Olivia Barash
  Sy Richardson
  Susan Barnes

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