Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 12,064 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Horror | Musical | Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 20 November 2008 (Czech Republic)
  • Runtime: 98 min | USA:150 min (original cut)
  • Filming Location: Cinespace Film Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Budget: $8,500,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $140,244(USA)(7 December 2008)
  • Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
  • Stars: Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head and Alexa Vega
  • Original Music By: Darren Smith  Terrance Zdunich   
  • Soundtrack: Vuk-R
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Organ | Company | Epidemic | Repossession | Murder

Writing Credits By:

  • Darren Smith (screenplay) &
  • Terrance Zdunich (screenplay)
  • Darren Smith (play) &
  • Terrance Zdunich (play)

Known Trivia

  • Was originally a stage play located in LA and New York City. Director Darren Lynn Bousman also directed a version of the stage play in 2001.
  • Darren Lynn Bousman originally refused to hold an audition for Paris Hilton. He did not think she would be capable, and feared media backlash or accusations of stunt casting. When he finally caved in, Paris came to the audition dressed “perfectly for the part,” and “rocked” the sound booth audition. After the audition, he was convinced she should play the role.
  • There are a total of 58 songs in the film, including instrumentals.
  • The characters of Heather Sweet and Lucci Largo were renamed for the film adaptation. The names were changed to Amber Sweet and Luigi Largo.
  • The first adaption from stage to screen was a ten-minute trailer made by Darren Lynn Bousman to pitch the idea to movie companies.
  • Made on a $8,500,000 USD budget.
  • Shot digitally except for flashback sequences, which were shot on 16 mm film.
  • The theatrical version of “Repo!: The Genetic Opera” has several songs that were on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack cut out of the actual movie. Those songs include “Can’t Get It Up If The Girl Is Breathing” and “Needle Through A Bug”, both were cut for time reasons and are expected to be re-inserted in the Extended Cut DVD.
  • The producers have stated that this film is really just the middle part of a planned trilogy. The next chapter would be a prequel to the events shown in this film and is tentatively titled “Repo!: The Beginning”. No time frame has been given for when production could start on the next movie.
  • Paris Hilton shot the song “Come Up and Try My New Parts” on her first day on set.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: In the beginning of the movie where Shilo Wallace is in the grave yard hiding from the repo man, she is behind a head-stone. At one point (just after the Graverobber pulls the needle out of his pack and before he says "Lest it be you on the concrete below"), she leans on the tombstone and it moves.

Plot: A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however. Full summary »  »

Story: In the year 2056 – the not so distant future – an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants, for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession and hunted by villainous Repo Men. In a world where surgery addicts are hooked on painkilling drugs and murder is sanctioned by law, a sheltered young girl searches for the cure to her own rare disease as well as information about her family's mysterious history. After being sucked into the haunting world of GeneCo, she is unable to turn back, as all of her questions will be answered at the wildly anticipated spectacular event: The Genetic Opera.Written by Lionsgate  

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Produced By:

  • Troy Begnaud known as associate producer
  • Peter Block known as executive producer
  • Darren Lynn Bousman known as executive producer
  • Mark Burg known as producer
  • Jason Constantine known as executive producer
  • Sarah Greenberg known as executive producer
  • Yoshiki Hayashi known as executive producer (as Yoshiki)
  • Daniel J. Heffner known as producer (as Daniel Jason Heffner)
  • Oren Koules known as producer
  • Carl Mazzocone known as producer
  • Jonathan McHugh known as executive producer
  • Tim Palen known as executive producer
  • Darren Smith known as associate producer
  • Terrance Zdunich known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Alexa Vega known as Shilo Wallace
  • Paul Sorvino known as Rotti Largo
  • Anthony Head known as Nathan / Repo Man (as Anthony Stewart Head)
  • Sarah Brightman known as Blind Mag
  • Paris Hilton known as Amber Sweet
  • Bill Moseley known as Luigi Largo
  • Nivek Ogre known as Pavi Largo (as Ogre)
  • Terrance Zdunich known as Graverobber
  • Sarah Power known as Marni
  • Jessica Horn known as Jessica Adams
  • Branko Lebar known as Rotti's Chauffeur
  • Brianna Buckmaster known as Sherrie Alviso (as Briana Buckmaster)
  • Anna Kostan known as Young Mormon Woman
  • Brad Austin known as Young Mormon Man
  • Marty Adams known as Big Man
  • Rebecca Marshall known as Woman with Martini Glass
  • Egidio Tari known as Man In Tuxedo
  • Jake Reardon known as Single Mother
  • J. LaRose known as Geneco Spokesperson
  • John Joseph Gallagher known as Talking Head #1 (as John Gallagher)
  • Howard Glassman known as Talking Head #2
  • Darren Smith known as Geneco's Band Leader
  • Dean Armstrong known as Thankless Job Victim
  • Andreja Punkris known as Rotti's Henchwoman #1
  • Alisa Burket known as Rotti's Henchwoman #2
  • Athena Karkanis known as Female Repo Victim
  • Martin Samuel known as Amber's Valet #1
  • Stephan Dubeau known as Amber's Valet #2
  • Dena Chiarcossi known as Head Sexy Gentern / Opera Gentern #6
  • Natalli Reznik known as Sexy Gentern #1 / Opera Gentern #5
  • Tre Armstrong known as Sexy Gentern #2 / Opera Gentern #4
  • Elena Juatco known as Night Surgeon Gentern #1 / Support Group Member #8
  • Noelle Boggio known as Night Surgeon Gentern #2 / Singing Gentern #2
  • Krystal Kiran Garib known as Night Surgeon Gentern #3
  • Vanessa Cobham known as Opera Gentern #1
  • Amanda Fritz known as Opera Gentern #2
  • Andrea Ciacci known as Opera Gentern #3 / Hallucination Gentern #1
  • Matthew Boden known as Geneco Assistant #1 (as Matt Boden)
  • Carla Guiliani known as Mag's Asian Chorus Girl #1 (as Carla Giuliani)
  • Jamie Holmes known as Mag's Asian Chorus Girl #2
  • Romina D'Ugo known as Mag's Asian Chorus Girl #3 / Support Group Member #3
  • Tangara Jones known as Mag's Asian Chorus Girl #4 / Support Group Member #2
  • Jeffery Ong known as Mag's Asian Chorus Boy #1 / Amber's Male Dancer #1
  • Ron Bedeau known as Mag's Asian Chorus Boy #2
  • Hazel Gorin known as Mourner #1 / DJ Granny
  • Eve English known as Mourner #2
  • Lance Luther known as Repo Cadet
  • Melissa Panton known as Support Group Member #1
  • Cheryl Quiacos known as Support Group Member #4
  • Jacques Monfiston known as Support Group Member #5
  • Omar Forrest known as Support Group Member #6
  • Jennifer Mote known as Support Group Member #7
  • Dani Jazzar known as Amber's Male Dancer #2
  • Tom Farr known as Armed Geneco Guard
  • Kevin Power known as Geneco Spokesperson #2 / Opera Audience Member #7
  • Roberta Angelica known as Opera Audience Member #1
  • Erica Cox known as Opera Audience Member #2
  • Charles Seminerio known as Opera Audience Member #3
  • Kathy Imrie known as Opera Audience Member #4
  • Paul De La Rosa known as Opera Audience Member #5
  • David Fujino known as Opera Audience Member #6
  • Janelle Hutchison known as Opera Audience Member #8
  • Tim Burd known as Night Surgeon Victim
  • Eva Redpath known as Hallucination Gentern #2
  • Carla Bennett known as Singing Gentern #1
  • Al Maini known as Nebbish Doctor
  • Thom Allison known as Gossip Journalist
  • James Rankin known as Puppeteer #1
  • Gord Robertson known as Puppeteer #2
  • Nancy Long known as Marni (singing voice)
  • Denise Carroll known as Opera Audience Member (uncredited)
  • Joan Jett known as Guitar Player (uncredited)
  • Paul Nicholasi known as Spectator at Press Event (uncredited)

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  • Damon Bishop known as key prosthetics assistant
  • Patrice Boudreau known as assistant makeup artist
  • François Dagenais known as prosthetics coordinator (as Francois Dagenais)
  • Kim Dao known as contact lens technician
  • Susan Hayward known as second assistant makeup artist (as Susan Hayword)
  • Stephanie Ingram known as key hair stylist
  • Maribeth Knezev known as key makeup artist
  • Maarit Niemelä known as hair stylist: Sarah Brightman
  • Rita Pacitto known as assistant hair stylist
  • Sean Sansom known as first prosthetics assistant
  • Patrick Baxter known as makeup effects lab technician (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Sam Agro known as storyboard artist
  • Chris Andrews known as head scenic painter
  • Michael D. Andrews known as assistant head scenic painter
  • Doug Bowler known as carpenter
  • Brandon Breen known as labourer
  • Michael Bunt known as on-set carpenter
  • Jamie Burke known as construction coordinator
  • Gord Casselman known as carpenter (as Gordon Casselman)
  • Douglas Catty known as carpenter
  • John Caulfield known as labourer
  • Steven Ciancamerla known as set dresser
  • Gord Craig known as assistant head carpenter
  • Robert Craig known as carpenter
  • Gregory Davies known as props assistant
  • Donavon Drummond known as on-set dresser
  • Mike Dutkowski known as carpenter
  • Ric Fernandez known as head carpenter (as Rick Fernandez)
  • Joanne Filleti known as painter (as Joanne Filetti)
  • Victoria Hamilton known as key scenic artist
  • Dwight Hendrickson known as first assistant art director
  • Emily Hyde known as painter
  • Michael Hyde known as carpenter
  • Dorin Kenny known as painter
  • Chris Littlejohn known as labourer
  • Mike Lotosky known as carpenter (as Michael Lotosky)
  • Jason Lunn known as leadman
  • Jesse Mann known as art department trainee (as Jessica Manchester)
  • Patrick McCaffery known as carpenter
  • Leslie McCullagh known as assistant scenic artist
  • Keith McCully known as carpenter
  • Brent McGillivray known as first assistant art director
  • Brent McGillivray known as set designer
  • Craig McLauchlan known as carpenter
  • Joel McLeod known as carpenter
  • J.D. Moore known as carpenter
  • Mario Moreira known as assistant property master
  • Mario Moreira known as property master: second unit
  • Mario Moreira known as props buyer
  • James R. Murray known as property master (as James Murray)
  • Friday Myers known as sets buyer
  • Sorin Popescu known as first assistant art director
  • Sorin Popescu known as set designer
  • Jeff Pryce known as carpenter
  • Heather Rigby known as on-set painter
  • Mike Rybuck known as carpenter
  • Sean Scoffield known as second assistant art director
  • Thomas Sheehan known as carpenter (as Thomas Sheenan)
  • Cherie Spencer known as set dresser
  • Charles Staniforth known as carpenter
  • Tom Toop known as carpenter
  • Paul Trinidad known as carpenter
  • Real Vanier known as carpenter
  • John Wareing known as carpenter
  • Russell Whiteman known as carpenter
  • Andrew Yurkiv known as carpenter
  • Terrance Zdunich known as illustrator: comic book
  • Adam Smith known as specialty prop fabricator (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Twisted Pictures (presents)
  • Burg/Koules Productions

Other Companies:

  • Panno Therapeutic  set medical services
  • Catering on Location  catering
  • Star Grazing  craft services
  • Linden Travel Bureau  travel services
  • Concepts International  location security
  • Heenan Blaikie Lawyers  company production counsel (as Heenan Blaikie LLP)
  • Goldcrest Post Production New York  additional adr
  • Mediantmusic  music transcriptions
  • William F. White International  grip and lighting equipment
  • William F. White International  chapman camera dollies
  • Dwight Crane Rentals  cranes and lifts
  • Entertainment Partners  payroll services
  • Cinespace Studios Management  studios
  • Film Inc.  location support
  • Nooka  communication devices provided by
  • Urban Post Production  Avid supplied by
  • Deluxe Post-Production  sound re-recording studio
  • Urban Post Production  sound editing facilities
  • Deluxe Post-Production  foley recording studio
  • Deluxe Post-Production  adr recording facilities
  • Goldcrest Post Production New York  adr recording facilities
  • Caldwell & Company  loop group supplied by
  • Hi Text Media  post-production continuity list
  • Aon/Ruben-Winkler Entertainment Insurance  insurance broker
  • Rights Company, The  script and title research services
  • Ontario Production Services Tax Credit, The  produced with assistance of
  • Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit (CPTC)  produced with assistance of
  • Repo Opera Productions  production services provided by
  • Betafish Music  music program
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Lionsgate Records  soundtrack

Distributors:

  • Hollywood Classic Entertainment (2008) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Lionsgate (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Xanadeux Company (2009) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Eagle Films (2008) (Non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Lionsgate (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2009) (Romania) (all media)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Video Film Express (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Video Film Express (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Special Effects:

  • Switch VFX (visual effects)
  • Effects Group, The (special effects)
  • Yowza Animation

Visual Effects by:

  • David Alexander known as senior cgi artist: Switch VFX (as David Ray Alexander)
  • Kemal Ally known as animation editor: Yowza Digital Animation
  • Kemal Ally known as boujou tracker: Switch VFX
  • Don Asido known as technical director: Switch VFX (as Jun Asido)
  • Barb Benoit known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Jason Boland known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Jon Campfens known as visual effects supervisor
  • Sonya Carey known as animation art director: Yowza Digital Animation
  • Michael Carter known as flame artist
  • Min Hyun Cha known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Jason Colthurst known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Peter Denomme known as animation executive producer: Yowza Digital Animation (as Pete Denomme)
  • Peter Denomme known as visual effects producer (as Pete Denomme)
  • Amir Eftekhari known as matte painter: Switch VFX
  • Mike Habjan known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Grant Harris known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Grant Harris known as animator: Yowza Digital Animation
  • Grant Harris known as compositor: Yowza Digital Animation
  • Gudrun Heinze known as lead compositor: Switch VFX
  • Jason Kozsurek known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Voytek Kufner known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Keren Kurtz known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Trevor Lewis known as film recording: Deluxe EFilm Toronto
  • Jef Lonn known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Seth Martiniuk known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Beau Parsons known as visual effects coordinator: Switch VFX
  • Nick Paulozza known as film recording: Deluxe EFilm Toronto
  • Shannon Penner known as CG team: Switch VFX
  • Shannon Penner known as animator: Yowza Digital Animation
  • Shannon Penner known as compositor: Yowza Digital Animation
  • Rob Sischy known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Joel Skeete known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Geoff Wigmore known as compositor: Switch VFX
  • Greg Zajac known as compositor: Switch VFX

Release Date:

  • Canada 18 July 2008 (Fantasia Film Festival)
  • Germany 2 September 2008 (Nuremberg Fantasy Filmfest)
  • Canada 12 September 2008 (Atlantic Film Festival)
  • USA 19 September 2008 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • Canada 26 September 2008 (Edmonton International Film Festival)
  • Spain 4 October 2008 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Canada 18 October 2008 (Toronto After Dark Film Festival)
  • USA 7 November 2008 (limited)
  • Czech Republic 20 November 2008
  • Spain 1 January 2009
  • France 30 January 2009 (Gérardmer Film Festival)
  • Australia 5 February 2009 (Perth)
  • UK 7 March 2009 (London FrightFest Film Festival)
  • UK 9 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 21 March 2009
  • Hungary 26 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 14 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 14 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 8 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 28 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • France 24 November 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, language, some drug and sexual content

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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