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The Wraith (1986)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Romance  |  21 November 1986 (USA)
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Jamie, killed by neighborhood thugs, returns as a mystical figure named Jake (The Wraith) to gain revenge.

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Gutterboy
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Rughead
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George in Daytona
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Storyline

Packard Walsh and his motorized gang control and terrorize an Arizona desert town where they force drivers to drag-race so they can 'win' their vehicles. After Walsh stabs the decent teenager Jamie Hankins to death for being intimate with a girl whom Walsh wants for himself, the mysterious Jake Kesey arrives, an extremely cool motor-biker with an invincible car. Jake befriends Jamie's girlfriend Keri Johnson, takes Jamie's sweet brother Billy under his wing and manages what Sheriff Loomis can not - the methodical and otherworldly elimination of Packard's criminal gang. Written by KGF Vissers

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21 November 1986 (USA)  »

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A Aparição  »

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Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,500,000 (USA)
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Rugheads truck is not a Chevrolet, as noted before, but a GMC as can be seen by the GMC emblem on the grille. See more »

Goofs

When Minti's TransAm rolls over after hitting the Interceptor the right front wheel is completely broken off the axle. In the next shot when the TransAm hits the rocks the right front wheel is perfectly in place. See more »

Quotes

Jake: Well, it's time for me to hit the road. My business here is finished. Before I do, I want you to have somethin'.
[hands Billy his car keys]
Jake: She's yours now.
Billy Hankins: Who's mine?
Jake: It's outside. Turbo Interceptor. The only one in existence. Does very special things. Take care of it, will ya?
Billy Hankins: Who are you, bro?
Jake: You said it, Billy.
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References The Thing (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

WHERE'S THE FIRE
Written and Performed by Tim Feehan
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records
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Great action, good characterisation, superb soundtrack
29 July 1999 | by (Lisburn, N.Ireland, UK) – See all my reviews

One of my all-time favourites. A nice idea in the spirit of "The Car" or "Christine" with great action (mostly of well-show car chases in Tucson, Arizona). The characters were well constructed and (on the whole) well implemented by the actors, with Nick Cassavetes stealing the show as nutter, Packard Walsh.

It also launched the careers of Charlie Sheen and Sherilyn Fenn (Fenn's fans will be happy to see "more" of her in this one).

The rock soundtrack is superb and a real collectors' item nowadays.

The original video cover was nice in that it was a holographic cover. Subsequent sell-thrus resorted to a standard litho-printed cover.

For a night in with a pizza and a few mates round, this is a great film.


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