Repo Man (film)

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Repo Man is a 1984 cult film directed by Alex Cox. It was produced by Jonathan Wacks and Peter McCarthy, with executive producer Michael Nesmith, and stars Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton.



Otto Maddox (Emilio Estevez), a young punk rocker living in Los Angeles, gets fired from his boring job as a supermarket stock clerk. He learns that his pot-smoking, ex-hippie parents have donated the money they promised him for finishing school to a televangelist. Depressed and broke, Otto falls in with Bud (Harry Dean Stanton), a seasoned repossession agent, or "repo man", working for a small automobile repossession agency. Although Otto is repelled at first by the concept of repossessing cars, his opinion changes rapidly when he gets paid in cash for his first "job". Otto joins the agency as a repo man himself.

Otto soon learns that "the life of a repo man is always intense." He enjoys the fast life style, the drug use, the real-life car chases, the thrill of hotwiring cars and the good pay. His old punk rock lifestyle seems boring by comparison.

Otto meets a girl named Leila, who tells him that a 1964 Chevrolet Malibu from New Mexico contains two dead but still dangerous space-aliens in its trunk. Otto doesn't believe her, but the next day he reads that a reward of $20,000.00 is offered for the Malibu. Otto, Leila, a gang of Mexican car-thieves, and a secret government agent all compete with each other to find and deliver the Malibu, which is being driven around Los Angeles by a mad scientist.


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