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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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(21 articles)
Awfully Good: The Wraith
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B-Sides: The Wraith Never Surrenders
 (From Dread Central. 1 June 2013, 9:30 AM, PDT)

The Ten Best – 80s Movie Tunes
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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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Runtime:
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:
The "futuristic" weapon wielded by The Wraith is a Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun, with a folding stock. It's a 12-gauge tactical shotgun made in Italy, and has the unusual property of functioning in both pump and semi-automatic modes. The odd hook on the weapon is for firing the weapon one-handed with the stock extended, as it wraps around the forearm.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In most race scenes dust is kicked up by the camera vehicle in front of the racing cars.See more »
Quotes:
Rughead:This gang thing was okay when we had the edge, but now that there's that wraith out there that killed Oggie...
Skank:A what out there, man?
Rughead:A wraith, man! A ghost! A evil spirit - and it ain't cool!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Tale of Two Sillies (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
BAD MISTAKESee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
You've just gotta love the spirit of the 80s., 8 June 2009
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

Back in 1986, The Wraith just about qualified as a moderately entertaining alternative should the video rental shop be all out of copies of Aliens or Top Gun; however, when watched twenty three years later from a nostalgic point of view, this silly supernatural revenge flick actually proves to be a whole heap of fun. Charlie Sheen's lifeless performance; the sheer naffness of the race scenes; an ever-present pop/rock soundtrack; Nick Cassavetes' ridiculously nasty boo-hiss bad guy; a collection of annoying comic-book punks with idiotic names and silly mannerisms: The Wraith is perfect for anyone looking for some mindless popcorn action and a bit of a laugh at the expense of the decade that taste forgot.

Sheen plays a restless spirit who returns from the afterlife in a turbo charged ghost car to seek revenge on the reprehensible road pirates responsible for his death, rescue roller waitress Keri (the scorching Sherilyn Fenn) from the clutches of psychotic killer Packard Walsh (Cassavetes), and say goodbye to his younger brother Billy (Matthew Barry).

Although the film's star isn't really given that much to do (for much of the time, Sheen's character is hidden behind he wheel of his otherworldly car or in a silly cyberpunk suit and black full-face helmet), the excellent supporting cast more than make up for his absence: Randy Quaid is great as a desert cop trying to make sense of the carnage; Clint Howard gives another memorable performance as a mechanic with crazy hair; and Fenn is effortlessly sexy, and gets her top off once or twice during proceedings.

With more cheese than one of the burgers served up by Keri at the Big K bar, The Wraith is a great time-waster and recommended to all fans of 80s cult cinema.

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