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The Wraith -- Jake is killed by neighborhood thugs, and returns as a mystical figure (The Wraith) to gain revenge. Starring Charlie Sheen and Randy Quaid.


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21 November 1986 (USA) See more »
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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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  (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)
Jeffery Feaster ... Teen at Falls (uncredited)
Derek K. Nielsen ... Boy at Burger Stand (uncredited)

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)
Tim Partridge .... dolby sound consultant (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
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)
Bruce Ingram .... dedicatee
Crew believed to be complete

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93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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

Did You Know?

The black car featured in the movie was a real-life technological wonder, the Dodge M4S. A joint effort of the Dodge Division of Chrysler Motors and PPG Industries, one of the highly sophisticated PPG Pace Cars for the PPG-CART Indy Car World Series. The M4S was designed and constructed at an estimated cost of $1.5 million, and featured performance and technology to match that lofty figure. The innovative body design was developed in the Chrysler studios, while PPG developed the finish - a special bronze pearl paint job formulated just for this car. The M4S was powered by a Chrysler 2.2-liter four-cylinder one-of-a-kind engine that exceeded 194 mph. According to 'Gary Hellerstein', transportation coordinator for this film, a total of seven versions of the M4S were needed for filming. The original, on loan from Dodge, was used for close-ups and details. Two more "drivers", consisting of perfectly detailed bodies on dune buggy chassis, were used for stunt driving chores. There were four "shells", empty bodies on bare, towable frames, that were sacrificed in various crash scenes.See more »
Continuity: When the two cars (Packard's Corvette and the white Dodge Daytona) return from the race in the opening scene, the driver of the Daytona stops and switches off the lights. Later he walks away with his girlfriend and Packard's Gang gets ready to get off, but now the tail lights of the Daytona are on again, although nobody has gotten in already.See more »
Billy Hankins:Look, do you mind if I lay my towel here? I ain't welcome over there.
Jake:Why not?
Billy Hankins:Why ain't I welcome or it's ok to lay here?
Jake:Take your pick.
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Movie Connections:
References The Thing (1982)See more »
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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Lost and found!, 5 January 2004
Author: Lovechild_77 from Sweden

Well, this movie is one of those half-forgotten gems of this cool decade. As a child I use to rent this movie over and over again but then I forgot it's name when I grew older. Recently, when I started to look for old cult 80s, I stumbled upon this little nice saga. The story is ridiculous but quite entertaining (I love revenge ;)) and there are many strange plot-holes through the whole movie. So why bother renting or buying this old s*** you may ask? Well if you are a child of the 80s and saw it back then, it can bring back some nice memories. If you are from that time but have not seen it, you MUST see it. Everyone else, just see it and enjoy a movie with one of the greatest cars ever on screen. For those who have seen it I just must make some statements of some of the major flaws in the film. How come that the police just let the thugs steal all the nerds cars in a small town like this? (very strange) And why don't the stupid morons see that they're next to die on the list when their buddies fall off one buy one. No fear at all...=) Well... all and all a funny flash-back. You know from like ten minutes into the movie how the end will be, but you'll KEEP on looking...

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