Repo Man | Chicago Reader

Repo Man

Alex Cox's 1984 punk comedy is set in a rotting Los Angeles, where a disaffected adolescent (Emilio Estevez) finds an outlet for his aggression and an answer to his boredom in an apprenticeship with a professional car repossessor (Harry Dean Stanton). Cox's style is a step beyond camp into a comedy of pure disgust; much of the film is churlishly unpleasant, but there's a core of genuine anger that gives the project an emotional validation lacking in the flabby American comedies of the early 80s. The narration seems deliberately crude and jerky, as if the nihilism of the tale had infected its telling, and there's an unfortunate late turn into science fiction spoofiness. But Stanton, strange and wonderful, bridges it all with his uncrackable conviction. With Tracey Walter.



  • Alex Cox


  • Emilio Estevez
  • Harry Stanton
  • Tracey Walter
  • Olivia Barash
  • Sy Richardson
  • Susan Barnes
  • Fox Harris
  • Tom Finnegan
  • Del Zamora
  • Eddie Velez
  • Jennifer Balgobin
  • Dick Rude


  • Alex Cox


  • Peter McCarthy
  • Michael Nesmith
  • Gerald T. Olson
  • Jonathan Wacks

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