Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Repo Man (1984)

Director: Alex Cox

Starring: Harry Dean Stanton, Emilio Estevez, Tracey Walter, Olivia Barash

More info: IMDb

Tagline: ...It's 4 A.M., do you know where your car is?

Plot: Lacking role models and a purpose, baby-faced delinquent Otto (Estevez) finds a code of honor and a higher calling when he hooks up with a band of contemporary "knights": the repo men. A "seasoned" auto re-possessor (Stanton) shows Otto the ropes, and when a big reward is offered for an elusive 1964 Malibu, Otto dodges G-men, cops, religious kooks -- you name it -- in a frenzied quest for the car. Does his fate lie in its trunk?

My rating: 7/10

Will I watch it again? Yup.

Here's one I dug in my teens in the mid 80s and I still dig it now. Man, it's been a long time. It's lots of fun with some super fun and quirky performances (especially from Walter - the guy that makes no sense talking to Estevez at the trash barrel). Independent movies like this just don't seem to be made much anymore. It's well-paced and entertaining enough that you'll wonder where 90 minutes disappeared to. If you're into stealing cars like I am, this one's got your name all over it.

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