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The Wraith (1986)

A mysterious figure suddenly appears to challenge a gang of motorhead thugs.

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Skank
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Gutterboy
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Rughead
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Oggie
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Minty
Vickie Benson ...
Waitress
Peder Melhuse ...
Murphy
Jeffrey Sudzin ...
Redd
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Stokes
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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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pantyhose | gang | police | death | sheriff | See All (70) »

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He is a phantom - a wraith. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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21 November 1986 (USA)  »

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A Aparição  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,402,535 (USA) (23 November 1986)

Gross:

$3,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The plot of the movie about a murdered victim coming back to take revenge on the vicious gang who killed him was later used as the plot for the The Crow (1994). See more »

Goofs

After the garage shootout Packard's Corvette shows large repairs on the back, although it was only shot on the front. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Loomis: I've been waitin' to catch you guys in the act. Been waitin' and watchin'.
Packard Walsh: Congratulations. You caught us talking. There's no law against that, is there officer? Unless of course I got my wires crossed and you caught us speaking without a permit.
Sheriff Loomis: Clam it, wiseguy!
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Connections

Referenced in Rughead Speaks (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

HEARTS VS. HEADS
By Stan Bush and Andy DiTaranto
Performed by Stan Bush
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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