Repo Man (1984)–Quentin Tarantino Ripped Off the Resivoir Dogs Shootout Scene From the Liquor Store Shootout in Repo Man

The shootout at the end of Resivoir Dogs is totally copied from the shootout in the liquor store in Repo Man (I can’t find video of it on Youtube, but it’s right before the sequence in the video above). Basically in both films you have like five people all pointing guns at each other sort of in checkmate…then they all start shooting, exact same arrangement. And the glowing briefcase in Pulp Fiction carrying a radioactive device or nuclear bomb is a total homage to the glowing car with a radioactive device or aliens in the trunk in Repo Man.

Also copies the part where this one repo man is playing him soul music, Tarantino uses that in Jackie Brown movie, also influenced by the lady repo office worker. AND Repo Man is a total LA period movie like Quentin Tarantino always does. David Lynch also copied the scene of Otto visiting his parents who are watching TV in the scene in I think Lost Highway where the guy visits his parents and they are just watching TV ignoring him pretty much.


One Response

  1. Some interesting details here, but as much as I love Repo Man, I have to say, none of the things you mention here originated from Alex Cox or Repo Man.

    The three-way standoff (or four, five, etc) is most famously associated with The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Both Alex Cox and Tarantino are big fans of spaghetti westerns and have referenced them several times. I know I’ve seen a standoff like this in another spaghetti western, but I can’t think of the title.

    The glowing suitcase is all about Kiss Me Deadly (1955, Robert Aldrich), a GREAT noir/sci fi/los angeles film which has influenced many other films.

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