Repo Man

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Repo Man is a 1984 cult film about a white suburban punk teenager living in Los Angeles who becomes a repo man and tries to reposses a strange '64 Chevy Malibu for a reward of $20,000.

Written and directed by Alex Cox


  • A lot o' people don't realize what's really going on. They view life as a bunch o' unconnected incidents 'n things. They don't realize that there's this, like, lattice o' coincidence that lays on top o' everything. Give you an example; show you what I mean: suppose you're thinkin' about a plate o' shrimp. Suddenly someone'll say, like, "plate," or "shrimp," or "plate o' shrimp" out of the blue, no explanation. No point in lookin' for one, either. It's all part of a cosmic unconsciousness.
  • I do my best thinking on the bus.
  • The more you drive, the less intelligent you are.
  • There ain’t no difference between a flying saucer and a time machine.
  • [hands Otto an air freshener] Find one in every car. You'll see.

Otto Maddox

  • You eat a lot of acid, Miller, back in the hippie days?
  • You repo men, you're all out to fuckin' lunch!
  • You're gonna be alright, man.... then again maybe not.
  • Stick with me. I'll make you a repo wife.
  • [singing] Don't wanna talk about anything else/We don't wanna know/We're just dedicated to our favorite shows: "Saturday Night Live","Monday Night Football", "Dallas", "Jeffersons", "Gilligan's Island", "Flintstones"!

J. Frank Parnell

  • It's a beautiful can almost see the stars.
  • Ra-di-a-tion. Yes, indeed. You hear the most outrageous lies about it. Half-baked goggle-box do-gooders telling everybody it's bad for you. Pernicious nonsense! Everybody could stand a hundred chest X-rays a year! They oughta have 'em, too.
  • You ever hear of the neutron bomb? Destroys people - leaves buildings standing. Fits in a suitcase. It's so small, no one knows it's there until - BLAMMO. Eyes melt, skin explodes, everybody dead. So immoral, working on the thing can drive you mad.


  • An ordinary person spends his life avoiding tense situations. A repo man spends his life getting into tense situations.
  • Look at 'em, ordinary fucking people, I hate 'em.
  • I shall not cause harm to any vehicle nor the personal contents thereof, nor through inaction let that vehicle or the personal contents thereof come to harm. It's what I call the Repo Code, kid. Don't forget it--etch it in your brain. Not many people got a code to live by anymore.
  • Repo man's always intense.
  • God damned dipshit Rodriguez gypsy dildo punks!
  • I don't allow no Commies in my Christians, either!


  • I walk into someone's place of work. They're shit scared. They know I'm not a cop. They think I've come to kill them,and I would. I'd kill anybody who crosses me. You know what I mean.
  • [while being shot at] Get back in the car, white boy. You're still on the fucking job.
  • [looks down at spilled beer] Somebody piss on the floor again?
  • They wanted me to manage them. I called bullshit on that. Managing a pop group ain't no job for a real man


  • [answering the telephone] "Helping Hand"...You're fucking right we ripped your car! Guess who told us where it was? Your goddamn brother!
  • [watching the Malibu fly off] Best goddamned car in the yard.
  • Otto...Otto parts?


  • Kevin: There's fuckin' room to move as a fry cook. I could be manager in two years! King! God!
  • Man in Black: [in response to being attacked] Not the face!
  • Reverend Larry: I DO want your money, because God wants your money!
  • Agent Rogersz: It happens sometimes. People just explode . . . natural causes.


Motorcycle Cop: What ya' got in the trunk?
J. Frank Parnell: don't wanna look in there.

Bud: Hey kid, wanna make ten bucks?
Otto Maddox: Fuck you, queer!

[Duke hurts his hand trying to open the trunk of the Malibu]
Archie: Aw, Dukie Wookie hurt his wittle hand.
Duke: Fuck you, Archie! Just for that, you're not in the gang anymore.
Archie: I'm taking over now.
Debbie: Oh, leave it!
Archie: King Archie! The Invincible!
Duke: Shut up, Archie!
Archie: Hey Debbie! Watch this!
[Archie opens the trunk and is vaporized by the contents]
J. Frank Parnell [calmly]: Oh, my. What a shame.
Debbie: Duke, let's go do those crimes!
Duke: Yeah. Let's get sushi... and not pay!

Miller: John Wayne was a fag.
Repo Men: The hell he was!
Miller: He was, too, you boys. I installed two-way mirrors in his pad in Brentwood, and he came to the door in a dress.
Oly: That don't mean nothing, Miller. A lot of straight guys like to watch their buddies fuck. I know I do.
Otto Plettschner: Damn straight!

Bud: Credit is a sacred trust, it's what our free society was founded on! Do you think they give a damn about their bills in Russia? I said do you think they give a damn about their bills in Russia!?
Otto Maddox: They don't pay bills in Russia, it's all free.
Bud: Free my ass, what are you, a fuckin' Commie?
Otto Maddox: No, I aint no Commie!
Bud: I don't want no Commies in my car! [pause] No Christians, either!

[Otto is eating from a can labeled "Food - Meat Flavored"]
Otto's mom: Put it on a plate, son. You'll enjoy it more.
Otto Maddox: I couldn't enjoy any more, mom. Mm, Mm.

Mr. Humphries: It's been brought to my attention that you're not paying attention to the way you space the cans. Many young men, of your age, in these uncertain times...Otto, are you paying attention to me?
Cop: Hey! He's talking to you.
Otto Maddox: Fuck you!

Otto Maddox: You're all repo men.
Oly: What if we are?
[Otto pours beer onto the floor and tosses the can]
Bud: You know, kid, usually when someone pulls shit like that my first reaction is uh, I want to punch his fucking lights out. But you know something?
Bud and Oly [in unison]: You're all right!

Otto Maddox: I had this wild, fucking dream last night.
Kevin: I'll bet.
Otto Maddox: It was with you and me and we were working in this sleazy, shithole motel down in Miami, Florida. And we were bellhops. And we were 65 years old. It was so real. It was was real, it was realistic, you know?
Kevin: Yeah, and then what? You woke up in a puddle?
Otto Maddox: Fuck you.

Otto Maddox: Take off your clothes.
Leila: I'm at work, Otto!
Otto Maddox: Oh yeah? Me too.
Leila: Your work is different than mine.
Otto Maddox: Says who?
[pulls off his pants]
Leila: What're you doing? Don't do that!
Otto Maddox: Well, the least you could do is give me a blow job.
[Leila slaps him]
Otto Maddox: I guess that means no.

[over the phone]
Leila: Hello?
[Parnell with incoherent voice]
Leila: Is it you? This is Leila. Are you using a scrambler?
Parnell: I can't hear you. I'm using a scrambler.

[after Otto drives into a pile of trash]
Old woman: Pick it up! Pick it up! You know yourself that you were wrong!
Otto Maddox: Why were they in the middle of the street?
Old woman: They weren't. That's not the middle of the street, that's the corner! Go on, you pick it up.
Otto Maddox:What?
Old woman: You pick it up!
Otto Maddox: No way! [to Leila] You still want a ride?
Old woman: No, I don't!

[after Miller offers Otto a ride in the Malibu]
Leila: Otto, don't go! What about our relationship?
Otto Maddox: What?
Leila: What about our relationship?
Otto Maddox: Fuck that!
Lelia: You shithead! I'm glad I tortured you!

Leila: Thanks for the ride.
Otto Maddox: Sure. Do you want to go out with me again?
Leila: I don't know, I'm kind of busy, with the Malibu and all.
Otto Maddox: Great...terrific. Here's your shit!
Leila: What's your problem? Girls might like you if you lightened up a bit.
Otto Maddox: Fuck! Girls pay to go out with me.

Bud: You believe the Rodriguez Brothers? They're a couple of scumbags!
Oly: I know, but we need to sit down and get our stories straight. You're taking their word over mine!
Bud: I was there, remember?
Oly: Go home. Take the rest of the week off.
Bud: The rest-I can't take the..oh, I get it. So that you can get the 20,000 dollars for the Malibu. Make it a fucking month!
Oly: Well, fuck you. On second thought, don't bother coming back at all.
Bud: Great! I'll come back to get my stuff when the place don't stink so bad.

Otto Plettschner: Some people ain't cut out to be a repo man. Why don't you smarten up?
Otto Maddox: Fuck you, Plettschner!
Otto Plettschner: Don't say "fuck you" to me! Don't you know who I am?
Otto Maddox: You're Plettschner.
Otto Plettschner: Damn right! Otto Plettschner. Three times decorated in two world wars! I was killing people while you were still swimming around in your father's balls! You little scumbag! I worked five years in a slaughterhouse, and ten years as a prison guard in Attica!
Otto Maddox: So what?
Otto Plettschner: "So what"? Never say "fuck you" to me, because you haven't earned the right yet!
Lite: Hey kid, I need a contract driver.
Otto Plettschner: See what I mean, punk?
Otto Maddox: Fuck you!
Otto Plettschner: Fuck you!

[Duke has been shot in a botched hold-up]
Duke: The lights are growing dim. I know a life of crime led me to this sorry fate... And yet, I blame society. Society made me what I am.
Otto Maddox: Bullshit! You're a white suburban punk, just like me!
Duke [gasping for breath]: But it still hurts!
Otto Maddox: You're gonna be all right.
[Duke groans mournfully]
Otto Maddox: Maybe not.



  • ...It's 4 A.M., do you know where your car is?
  • Meet Otto. He's a clean-cut kid in a dirty business. He's a Repo Man. He steals cars legally. Now, he's out to repossess a '64 Chevy Malibu...with an amazing reward of $20,000. But Otto is not alone. There are others who want the car and will do anything to get it. The risks are great, because hidden in the trunk is something so incredible it could destroy them all. We'll give you a hint... it glows in the dark.

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