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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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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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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 the race between the Wraith and the red Daytona they come up on a Ford Escort that the Daytona has to swerve past. A few seconds later the Daytona swerves around it again. Also, during the race between the Wraith and the Firebird there is a brief point of view shot of a car swerving to avoid the same Escort.See more »
Quotes:
Keri Johnson:[after The Wraith has transformed into Jake] Jake!
Jake:[smiles] You know who I am.
Keri Johnson:[pause, then she realizes the truth] Jamie!
[She runs into his arms and they embrace]
Jake:This is as close as I could come to who I once was.
Keri Johnson:It's close enough.
[They kiss]
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Movie Connections:
References The Nail Gun Massacre (1985)See more »
Soundtrack:
REBEL YELLSee more »

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41 out of 58 people found the following review useful.
This IS a classic 80's b-movie!, 12 March 2005
Author: sa420 from United Kingdom

It makes me laugh when I read bad reviews of this movie. No one claimed it was a classic, no claimed it would win awards or prizes for depth of storyline etc.

What it does have is earnest performances, fantastic fx, amazing score and very pretty photography.

Yes, laugh at the shadow of the camera (in the days before monitors) during the race scenes, at least they bothered to use real cars on real roads at high speed, unlike pathetic cgi cars (fast & the furious, 2 fast 2 furious, gone in 60 seconds) with crap physics.

This movie is totally innovative, nothing like it before or since and there are a lot of techniques used in this movie that I haven't seen bettered since. The bit where Jake's scrambler breaks into 4 meteorites still looks great, the tasteful re-animation of the Wraith mobile after crashes (nowadays that would probably be done using reverse photography).

The action scenes in Mad Max & Mad Max 2 are sped up and look ridiculous. (Watch the bit in Mad Max 2 just before he crashes his Interceptor...you'll see.)

The acting is pantomimish (baddies=very bad, goodies=very good) but that is the style of this movie. We know that these actors are capable of more in-depth characterisations, but this is a shallow b-movie. That's all it's supposed to be. Anyone who watches this movie and expects anything other than popcorn fodder is an absolute idiot. Moaning about technical problems and poor acting only makes you look like an idiot. And let's face it, even today's biggest blockbusters are chock full of mistakes and glitches.

You don't watch a Carry On movie and then say "Oh, that was quite unrealistic, and the acting is bad." That's the point. It's silly farce. You're not supposed to take it seriously!

I'm also aware that Charlie Sheen hates this movie and he must have good reason.

Strangely enough, I'm surprised that this movie was not seized upon by the pompous comic book brigade! I guess, if it was a little more Gothic and The Wraith was brooding and had a troubled back story it would have been more accepted. I'm glad it didn't and wasn't.

If it was made now, it would have stinking CGI fx and too much back story.

It's a bubblegum movie. You don't like it, don't watch it. As a b-movie for it's time, it is a technically superior easy watch which still towers over many newer movies of the same genre.

The Crow? Pompous nonsense!

Hellboy? Crap!

The Wraith? Know's it's place and doesn't try to overstep it's mark!

And for people moaning about rubbish acting, check out Matthew Barry's performance when Billy Hankins realises Jake is his brother. It's an amazing, emotionally charged moment. I dare you to disagree and if you do you must be tripping.

Stop henpecking this movie.....it's ace, I tell you...ACE!

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