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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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An evil force took his life... Now an unearthly power has brought him back. See more »


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21 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Johnny Depp was considered for the roles of Jake Kesey and Oggie. See more »

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When Minty takes on Jake in the race, the headlights on his yellow Firebird change between two and four headlight between shots. See more »

Quotes

Rughead: Okay! The first one to Dragonfire Crossing wins! You lose the race, you lose your car! Ready! Set! GO!
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Referenced in Quick Change (1990) See more »

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YOUNG LOVE, HOT LOVE
By Randall Nicklaus
Performed by Jill Michaels
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers 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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