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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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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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He's not from around here. See more »


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21 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Aparição  »

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Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Although listed as Plymouth Caravelles in other notes. The cop cars and Loomis's car are Dodge 600s as Caravelles have a plain grille and 600s have the cross-hair grille. See more »

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When the custom Dodge first shows up at Big Kays burger stand there is repaired damage seen on Packard's Corvette and Minty's yellow Trans Am (the damage is caused by shotgun blasts later on in the movie). Then when they get to road to race after this scene, the damage is gone. See more »

Quotes

Keri Johnson: [after kissing Jake] Nice.
Jake: I thought so, too.
Keri Johnson: Look, Jake, if Packard knew I was here with you... I mean, people are afriad of him for a reason.
Jake: People are afraid because guys like Packard prey on fear and weakness.
Keri Johnson: Well, I just think he's crazy. Try and be brave against Packard and he might kill you.
Jake: Or he might let you go. Courage isn't easy to come by. That's how he keeps those goons with him all the time. They're just scared.
Keri Johnson: So am I.
Jake: Keri, listen. There's gonna come a time when you'll have ...
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References The Thing (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

MATTER OF THE HEART
By Adam Mitchell and Philip Allen Brown
Performed by Bonnie Tyler
Courtesy of CBS Records
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A Bit of 80's Fun!
27 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My brothers and I used to watch this movie all the time, probably when it was on HBO back in the day. It was a nice piece of nostalgia. Since I had viewed it so much as a kid, it was like going back and watching a movie you almost know by heart but at the same time weren't really sure what was going to happen next.

The soundtrack was great, with the likes of Ozzy, Billy Idol, Robert Palmer and others. Looking at all that 80's "fashion" was fun too. The DVD box didn't say the year but I had determined it to be about '86 or '87.

I couldn't help but draw a comparison to this storyline and that of "The Crow". "The Crow" is definitely a darker piece of fun but the same "guy done wrong takes revenge and finds his girl" wasn't hard to miss.

All in all, if you're looking for something fun, with a great soundtrack, cool cars and fast car races, check it out!


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