When punk Otto (Emilio Estevez) loses his job in a supermarket, he becomes the assistant to morose 'repo man' Bud (a magnificent role for Harry Dean Stanton). Otto takes possession of a beautiful, extremely mysterious Chevrolet Malibu '64, formerly owned by atomic physicist J. Frank Parnell. An exceptional car that is being hotly pursued by remorseless officials, UFO fans and gangsters. But none of them are at all prepared for what's in the trunk.

Alex Cox's absurd feature debut almost didn't make it into American cinemas, until hordes of punk fans discovered the unparalleled soundtrack, featuring the likes of Black Flag, The Circle Jerks and Iggy Pop. Repo Man became an instant cult hit and regular feature on lists of the best films of the 1980s. Cameraman Robby Müller transforms industrial Los Angeles into a grim but magical place, comparable to the gorgeous car scenes he shot for Wim Wenders' Der amerikanische Freund (1977).

As part of Critics’ Choice, the screening on Sat 1 Feb, 13:30 will be preceded by a video essay from Miklós Kiss.

Filmmaker
Alex Cox
Country
USA
Year
1984
Medium
35mm
Length
92’
Language
English, Spanish
Producer
Peter McCarthy, Michael Nesmith, Gerald T. Olson, Jonathan Wacks
Production Company
Edge City
Sales
Universal Pictures Benelux
Writer
Alex Cox
Cinematography
Robby Müller
Editor
Dennis Dolan
Production Design
Lynda Burbank
Music
The Plugz, Iggy Pop
Cast
Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash, Sy Richardson, Susan Barnes, Fox Harris