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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
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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)

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
 
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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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 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 »
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:
Sheriff Loomis:You listen to me, you son-of-a-bitch! There's a kid out there usin' his car to kill people, not that it's such a big deal since it seems to be your gang he's got it in for... so, if you guys try to take the law into your own hands, and that killer turns up dead, I'm gonna see you all sniffin' cyanide in the Arizona gas chamber.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
WHERE'S THE FIRESee more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
so many things rolled into one cool movie, 17 November 2007
Author: Lee Eisenberg (lee.eisenberg.pdx@gmail.com) from Portland, Oregon, USA

Maybe if you've seen one 1980s horror/sci-fi/romance, you've seen them all. But you still need to see "The Wraith". It portrays a young guy (Charlie Sheen) riding into a small Arizona town which seems to be nearly run by a gang of hoodlums. The gang leader (Nick Cassavetes) is very jealous of one of the teenage girls (Sherilyn Fenn) and gets nasty if it looks like anyone else is approaching her. But things start to change for everyone once a strange black car starts driving through town.

Think about what all this movie portrays. First off, it stars Martin Sheen's son, John Cassavetes's son, Ron Howard's brother (Clint Howard sports a crazy hairdo and plays the only intelligent member of the gang), and Dennis Quaid's brother (Randy Quaid plays the sheriff and was noticeably leaner back then). Speaking of weight, women in movies were meatier back then; check out Sherilyn Fenn in her waitress outfit (or in another scene)! But another thing is about the definition of the title. A wraith is an apparition, often portending someone's doom (the word comes from Scottish, but I don't know the full origin).

Are the car races the highlight? That's debatable. The road looked very much like the same road that they used for the desert scenes in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", which of course starred another hot babe (I mean Dorothy Provine, hubba hubba).

Anyway, this is one that you're sure to love. And just keep watching the skies.

Back when Martin Sheen's father immigrated to the US from Spain and John Cassavetes's father immigrated to the US from Greece, they probably never guessed that their grandchildren would co-star in this sort of movie. Hell, back in the days when Ron Howard played Opie on "The Andy Griffith Show", people probably never guessed that his brother would star in this sort of movie. I don't know what people would have thought when Randy Quaid debuted in "The Last Picture Show".

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