->''It happens sometimes, people just explode. Natural causes.''
-->-- '''Agent Rogersz'''

->''I don't want no commies in my car. No Christians either!''
-->-- '''Bud'''

A CultClassic comedy-sci-fi movie directed by Alex Cox and released in 1984. Known for its comic vignettes, outlandish scenarios, GenreBusting aesthetic memorable dialogue and well-liked soundtrack, made entirely out of songs from famous PunkRock bands like Music/BlackFlag, Music/SuicidalTendencies, Music/CircleJerks, Music/IggyPop, and others.

Young LA punk Otto Maddox (Emilio Estevez) has a really bad day: he gets fired from his job at the supermarket, sees his girlfriend cheat on him with his best friend at a party and finds that his ex-hippie parents donated all his money to a televangelist. He meets Bud (Creator/HarryDeanStanton) and becomes a repossession agent. The life of a Repo Man stimulates him a great deal more than the increasingly phony world of LA punks. Through various encounters and a mad rush between competing repo men and the CIA to locate a [[CoolCar 1964 Chevrolet Malibu]], Otto learns that "the life of a repo man is always intense".

Based on [[strike:a]] some true stories Cox picked up when he worked as a repo man. There aren't many aliens, but there's plenty of shrimp!

Alex Cox released a sequel named ''Film/RepoChick'' in 2009.

Not to be confused with ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'' or ''Film/RepoMen''. Definitely not to be confused with ''Discworld/ReaperMan''.

!!Tropes used:

* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: Miller and Otto at the end.
* ArcWords: A whole big plate of them.
* ArtificialLimbs : An obvious, bizarre, and hilarious ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Metropolis}}''.
* BlatantLies: Agent Rogersz' assertion that sometimes people just blow up to explain the state trooper's spontaneously combusted body
* BrandX: Otto works at Ralph's before he becomes a repo-man, so everything has the generic labels Ralph's used to have.
** It's so pervasive that even the butyl nitrate spilled on the table in the club is marked with a generic label.
** At one point, Otto eats from a can labeled "Food"
* {{Cameo}}: The Circle Jerks as ... The Circle Jerks if they were a lounge band.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Depending on your perspective a) Miller, b) everybody but Miller, c) everybody and Miller is so far he comes around the other side.
* ChurchOfHappyology: [[IncrediblyLamePun Dioretix]]
%%* ClusterFBomb
* CoolCar: Subverted, the car that holds everyone's desires is:
** MacGuffin: a 1964 Chevrolet Malibu with New Mexico plates that's somehow worth $20,000.
*** And opening its trunk makes people vaporize.
** In the end, it does become rather cool, with [[spoiler: A lightning bolt-generating forcefield and the ability to fly (and to possibly traverse time and space)]]. Who wouldn't want those features?
* CoolOldGuy: Bud, at first.
* CreatorCameo: Alex Cox is on a bench watching the Rodriguez brothers steal a car.
* DownLADrain: The car chase goes into the drains as well.
* FaceHeelTurn: After being kidnapped by them, [[spoiler: Leila]] joins TheMenInBlack and starts helping Agent Rogersz out
* FreudianExcuse: Otto's punk friend tries to blame society for his criminal ways, only for Otto to point out that that's bullshit, he's just a white suburban punk like him.
* GainaxEnding
* GenreBusting: How many [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative punk rock sci-fi satires]] are there in the world?
* HeroicComedicSociopath: They steal cars ... legally!
* JerkAss: The Rodriguez Brothers. The other repo men aren't that nice either, however.
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: InUniverse examples.
--> '''Lite''': "I was into these dudes before anyone. Wanted me to be their manager. I called bullshit on that. Managing a pop group is no job for a man."
--> '''Otto''': (Regarding the "lounge" performance by the CircleJerks) "I can't believe I used to like these guys."
* JustAsPlanned: When Otto escapes from being tortured, Agent Rogersz casually remarks, "It's all part of the plan."
* LoanShark
* {{Lobotomy}}: One lunatic character laments on how great he felt after getting a lobotomy himself. Of course, he also talks about how radiation is harmless.
* MeaningfulName: All of the Repo Men are named after beers.
* TheMenInBlack: The CIA agents searching for the missing aliens. All of them wear black suits, white shirts, and black ties, and have blonde hair.
* MexicanStandoff: In the convenience store late in the film.
* OffTheShelfFX: Need a SicklyGreenGlow and can't afford CG? Buy some green glow-paint! This actually worked out well, as the CG of the era falls straight into ConspicuousCG nowadays.
** Rogersz' hand is simply covered in aluminum foil. Her using a screwdriver to adjust it helps sell it as a robot hand.
* PokeThePoodle: The punks. Even after they shoot a guy.
* ProductPlacement: The only aversion to BrandX were the Christmas tree air fresheners. The makers sponsored the film.
** "Find one in every car. You'll see."
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The employees of the Helping Hand Acceptance Corporation certainly apply
* RandomEventsPlot: Before the Chevy Malibu comes into play, the plot is mostly pieces of Otto and the other Repo Men doing their job.
* RunningGag: Several
** The three punks committing random crimes
** The BrandX generic labels on everything
** The Plate O'Shrimp
** The old lady whose trash Otto runs over
** The car freshners
** The televangelist, whose demands for money over various TV and radio programs can be heard in the background of many scenes
** Dioretix
* ScaryBlackMan: Lite, who carries around a gun and isn't afraid to use it if people try to shoot him while he's taking their car. [[spoiler: It's loaded with blanks]]
* ShoutOut: A couple to Creator/WilliamSBurroughs.
** And in turn, the electronic band ''Future Sound of London'' titled their song "Eyes Pop, Skin Explodes, Everybody Dead" after a line from the movie.
** When Marlene takes Otto into the hospital, a voice on the PA says "[[Literature/NakedLunch Dr. Benway]] to surgery." Nice touch.
** The backwards credits at the end reference Film/KissMeDeadly.
* SicklyGreenGlow: The 1964 Chevy Malibu at the end.
* StableTimeLoop: Miller's interpretation of reality.
* StayWithTheAliens:
-->'''Leila''': "Otto! What about our relationship?"
-->'''Otto''': (Pauses and looks back) "Fuck that."
** Also counts as a PrecisionFStrike.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: Played for laughs in many a FunnyBackgroundEvent.
* ThemeNaming: Different beers.
* ThoseTwoGuys: The Rodriguez Brothers
* TooDumbToLive: Archie opens the trunk of the Malibu, even after he's seen that doing so emits a bright light and whatever's in the trunk is extremely hot to the touch. [[spoiler: He is fried for his trouble]]
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee: Of course "blanks get the job done too" if you don't tell us.
* UnusualEuphemism: [[{{Bowdlerise}} Flip You, Melon Farmer!!!]]
* WidgetSeries: Definitely qualifies as a WHAT.