Repo Man (1984)

Directed by Alex Cox

A down and out young punk gets a job working with a seasoned repo man, but what awaits him in his new career is a series of outlandish adventures revolving around aliens, the CIA, and a most wanted '64 Chevy.

Something about the affect of this film really underlines how it was originally envisioned at one-tenth of its final budget... Spent most of the runtime trying to pin it down politically.


When [director Alex] Cox showed the film to his contacts in the real world of Los Angeles auto repossession, they found it to be a diluted version of their much more terrifying job. […]

Sam McPheeters (Criterion)


Nearly 30 years later, Repo Man is no worse for the wear. Not so much ahead of its time as outside of it. […] Repo Man’s critique of its era’s swirling dynamic of excesses and emptiness, and its tendency to engender this alienation, may seem a bit reactionary and adolescent. Yet it remains potent when apprehended in this very energetic, adolescent naïveté. […] Bland white-and-blue cans labeled “lite beer” and “yellow cling sliced peaches” may seem like blunderingly flagrant critiques of capital, but their blatancy is only commensurate with the brazenness of capital itself.

John Semley (Slant Magazine)