Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Repo This

"It's 4 you know where your car is?"

Some links and quick thoughts about low budget feature film making...Repo Man was one of the cult classics that me and my film school circle of friends held up on high. Indie, cool, hip, edgy, weird, fun, entertaining...inherently quotable....shot for peanuts but got seen and earned more than a dime...the film was one of those that made 'the dream' (of making the low budget feature) actually seem attainable.

Starring a young Emilio Estevez and an aging Harry Dean Stanton, Repo Man was an action adventure comedy that told the story of a young punk hoodwinked into working for a seedy repossession company, and is thrust headlong into the wacky world of flying saucer enthusiasts, wayward nuclear scientists, exotic women, and ruthless intelligence agents.

And now via Simply Scripts linking to the website of writer/director Alex Cox, you can find not only a PDF of the screenplay, but the last 20 pages of the document contains the original investment proposal, production schedule, and budget summary.

Very cool. Yes, it's 25 years old, but I say to the's still worth perusing.

Check it out HERE.


Diane Kristine said...

This was a movie I saw in the one Film Studies 101 class I took, with a prof who made us watch films like this and Terminator that made me roll my eyes over the lame choices ... until I actually watched them. It's been far longer than I want to admit since those university days but you make me want to see it again soon.

Trevor B. Cunningham said...

My Special Collector's Edition came in the mail last month. Love it! Too bad they don't re-issue the soundtrack. I only have it on vinyl, and no turntable. Sadly, Emilio does not appear on the extras. The movie was an inspiration in High School and University.

Good Dog said...

is it that old? Oh, boy! Saw it when it came out in London in... early 1985? It was during my first year at St Martin's and caught it in one of the Chelsea cinemas, close to where I was living at the time.

Around the same time I caught Blood Simple. Things were so different in those days.