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Mike Marvin (written by)
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Release Date:
21 November 1986 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
He's not from around here. See more »
Plot:
Jamie, killed by neighborhood thugs, returns as a mystical figure named Jake (The Wraith) to gain revenge. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awfully Good: The Wraith
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Sheen's Post-Impressionist Masterpiece See more (92 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charlie Sheen ... Jake Kesey / The Wraith

Nick Cassavetes ... Packard Walsh

Sherilyn Fenn ... Keri Johnson

Randy Quaid ... Sheriff Loomis

Matthew Barry ... Billy Hankins

David Sherrill ... Skank

Jamie Bozian ... Gutterboy

Clint Howard ... Rughead
Griffin O'Neal ... Oggie
Chris Nash ... Minty
Vickie Benson ... Waitress
Peder Melhuse ... Murphy
Jeffrey Sudzin ... Redd
Michael Hungerford ... Stokes

Steven Eckholdt ... George in Daytona

Elizabeth Cox ... Girl in Daytona
Richard Alexander ... Sandeval

Christopher Bradley ... Jamie Henkins
Joan H. Reynolds ... Policewoman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Auriemma ... Student at Falls (uncredited)
Clinton James Austin ... Guy at Zoo Burger Stand (uncredited)

Brooke Burke-Charvet ... Waitress on Roller Skates (uncredited)
Derek K. Nielsen ... Boy at Burger Stand (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mike Marvin 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mike Marvin  written by

Produced by
Buck Houghton .... executive producer
John Kemeny .... producer
Jeffrey Sudzin .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Hoenig 
J. Peter Robinson 
 
Cinematography by
Reed Smoot (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Scott Conrad 
Gary Rocklen 
 
Casting by
Ilene Starger 
 
Art Direction by
Dean Tschetter 
 
Set Decoration by
Michele Starbuck 
 
Makeup Department
Leslie Ann Anderson .... hair stylist (as Leslie Anne Anderson)
Kathryn Fenton .... makeup artist (as Kathryn Miles Logan)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leon Dudevoir .... first assistant director
Judy 'Lucky' Kemeny .... second second assistant director (as Judi Kemeny)
Mike Topoozian .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Linda Faye Beall .... art department coordinator
Gene R. Bolinski Jr. .... set dresser
Corrine Bonneau .... assistant props
Star Fields .... leadman
Roy 'Bucky' Moore .... property master
Charles Peterson .... head scenic artist
Marilyn Vance .... visual consultant
Joel Youngerman .... construction coordinator
 
Sound Department
John K. Adams .... sound editor (as John Adams)
Terry Chambers .... sound editor
Paul B. Clay .... sound designer (as Paul Clay)
Paul B. Clay .... sound effects supervisor (as Paul Clay)
Gabriel Cubos .... boom operator (as Gabe Cubos)
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... dubbing mixer (as Robert Glass Jr.)
Walt Martin .... location sound
Bob Minkler .... dubbing mixer
Tally Paulos .... adr supervisor
Richard Portman .... dubbing mixer
Greg Stacy .... sound editor
James Troutman .... sound effects supervisor
Ed Fassl .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Phil Cory .... special effects designer
Lenny Dalrymple .... special effects assistant: Tuscon
Hans Metz .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Ken Speed .... special effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
James Belohovek .... miniature animator: VCE
Beverly Bernacki .... optical effects: VCE
Steve Burg .... effects animator: VCE (as Steven Burg)
Jammie Friday .... effects animator: VCE
Spencer Gill .... optical effects: VCE
Ed Harker .... optical effects: VCE
Peter Kuran .... visual effects producer: VCE
Kevin Kutchaver .... effects animator: VCE
Jo Martin .... administration: VCE
Alan Munro .... visual effects designer
Jacqueline Zietlow .... administration: VCE
 
Stunts
Bobby Bass .... stunts
Sandy Berumen .... stunts
Fred Culbertson .... stunts
Steve M. Davison .... stunts (as Steve Davison)
David R. Ellis .... stunts (as David Ellis)
Freddie Hice .... stunts (as Fred Hice)
Billy Hank Hooker .... stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Norman Howell .... stunts (as Norm Howell)
Randy Peters .... stunts
Karen Price .... stunts (as Karen Elayna Price)
John Sullivan .... stunts
Dick Ziker .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chuck Colwell .... director of photography: second unit
Ian Dodd .... assistant camera: second unit
David Dubois .... electrician
Eric J. Goldstein .... assistant camera: second unit (as Eric Goldstein)
George Griner .... assistant camera: second unit
John R. Hernandez .... grip (as John Hernandez)
George A. Hock .... electrician (as George Hock)
Jeff 'Moose' Howery .... dolly grip (as Jeff Howery)
Bruce Ingram .... camera operator: second unit
Bruce Ingram .... first assistant camera
Richard Kuhn .... best boy
Michael E. Little .... assistant camera: second unit (as Michael Little)
Brent Loefke .... second assistant camera
Michael Lund .... assistant camera: second unit
Tim Nash .... electrician
Tracy Neftzger .... key grip
Dennis L. Peterson .... gaffer
Patrick Reddish .... best boy
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Steven Shaw .... camera operator: second unit (as Steve Shaw)
Don Simandl .... grip
Christopher Tufty .... camera operator: second unit (as Chris Tufty)
 
Casting Department
Marla Tate .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elinor Bardach .... costumer
Jim Beinke .... costume builder: Wraith (as James B. Beinke)
Andrew Kenworthy .... costume builder: Wraith (as Andrew W. Kenworthy)
Glenn Ralston .... costumer
Marilyn Vance .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
John A. Amicarella .... assistant editor (as John Alan Amicarella)
Curtis Edge .... apprentice editor
Christian Wagner .... assistant editor (as Christian Adam Wagner)
 
Music Department
Jolene Cherry .... music supervisor
Rick Hart .... score recordist
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Pat Woods .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Gary Hellerstein .... transportation coordinator
Lee Nashold .... driver: insert car
Randy Peters .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Harriotte H. Aaron .... script supervisor
Victoria Ahrens .... assistant: Mr. Kemeny
Emily Blanton .... extras coordinator
Lisa C. Cook .... production coordinator
Dan Dewey .... assistant location manager
Cherie Franklin .... dialogue coach
Gina Genova .... production secretary (as Gina L. Genova)
John Grace .... production assistant
Gordon K. Kee .... production accountant (as Gordon Kee)
Jerrie Ken .... production assistant
Leslie Meigs .... production assistant
Morrie Nierenberg .... assistant accountant
Warren Oliver .... craft service (as Warren S. Oliver)
John Sullivan .... mechanic
Laura Watt .... nurse
Joe Woolridge .... head of security (as Sgt. Joe Woolridge)
Jack N. Young .... location manager (as Jack Young)
Rob Harris .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Bruce Ingram .... dedicatee
 
Crew believed to be complete


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93 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:14A | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Italy:VM14 | Norway:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (2008 TV Rating) | USA:R (original rating) | USA:PG-13 (re-rating) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: In most of the racing scenes the type of road (with single or double lines in the middle; without lines) and also the surrounding landscape changes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Billy Hankins:[Talking about Keri] Me and her are pretty good friends. Well, actually she's... she used to be tight with my brother. She's got real problems with that lunatic she's with there now.
Jake:What kind of problems?
Billy Hankins:Well, Packard's a mistake of nature or a genetic misfire.
Jake:[laughing] He's what?
Billy Hankins:Packard gets crazy jealous if anybody even looks at Keri cross-eyed. You gotta wear dark glasses so he doesn't catch you at it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rughead Speaks (2010) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
MATTER OF THE HEARTSee more »

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16 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Sheen's Post-Impressionist Masterpiece, 14 July 2005
Author: cari0021 from United States

Very few films past or present stray from the predictable form of a fluid linear narrative. Exposition, conflict, resolution, and possibly an occasional flashback or revisiting of an earlier moment---these are all staples of visual story telling.

Charlie Sheen's late 80's action masterpiece THE WRAITH, however, successfully ventures down a road much less traveled by filmmakers, a road which guides viewers through an assemblage of scenes which seem somehow related, but give no indication of how or why.

Ingeniuosly, the many questions of THE WRAITH, much like the guiding directions in other impressionist images, provide a grander picture of a straight forward story of love, loss, and revenge. Who is the angelic avenger that, one by one, picks off the gang of road-rash-ruffians in a futuristic car? Who, inexplicably halfway through the picture, receives his untimely demise from the ruffians in the trunk of car? Can it be the same character so craftily played by Sheen, a charming young man who both befriends the young short-order chef and knocks boots with the buxomly Sherilyn Flynn?

Thankfully the audience is given a clue to THE WRAITH's avante-garde modus in the air brushed leather jacket of Nick Cassavettes: the skull-among-flames symbolizes many things, maybe most important of which is the picture's dramatic refutation of sensible organization. The line between the beautiful, bone-white skull and the jacket's hot, licking flames, is blurred in the same fashion as the line of narrative arch which threads through THE WRAITH.

80's Action connoisseurs will appreciate the steely-eyed performance Sheen gives, as well as the supplemental contributions of Chuck Howard and Randy "Uncle Eddy" Quaid. From the first moment Flynn appears on the screen, there can be no doubt that Sheen will take her to the mat---or in this case, an Arizona hot spring---and there can be no doubt that Cassevettes and co. will receive their devilish comeuppance. During the course of such a spectacle, the audience must then ultimately ask itself, will we be able to handle the power contained in rest of this film? And if so, more importantly, will we be able to ever again stomach the banality of traditional film?

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