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The Wraith (1986)

After a young man is murdered by a road-racing gang of motor-heads, a mysterious fast-driving spirit descends from the sky to take revenge.

Director:

Mike Marvin

Writer:

Mike Marvin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Vickie Benson ... Waitress
Peder Melhuse Peder Melhuse ... Murphy
Jeffrey Sudzin Jeffrey Sudzin ... Redd
Michael Hungerford Michael Hungerford ... Stokes
Steven Eckholdt ... George in Daytona
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Storyline

Packard Walsh and his motorized gang control and terrorize an Arizona desert town where they force drivers to drag-race so they can 'win' their vehicles. After Walsh stabs the decent teenager Jamie Hankins to death for being intimate with a girl whom Walsh wants for himself, the mysterious Jake Kesey arrives, an extremely cool motor-biker with an invincible car. Jake befriends Jamie's girlfriend Keri Johnson, takes Jamie's sweet brother Billy under his wing and manages what Sheriff Loomis can not - the methodical and otherworldly elimination of Packard's criminal gang. Written by KGF Vissers

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Taglines:

He's heaven-sent and hell on wheels! See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Aparição See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,402,535, 23 November 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,500,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When police are chasing Packard Walsh and The Wraith at the end of the movie, at background can be seen a rainbow. It was purely incidental. See more »

Goofs

After the garage shootout Packard's Corvette shows large repairs on the back, although it was only shot on the front. See more »

Quotes

Billy Hankins: [to the crowd who stood around watching Packard abduct Keri and beat and kick Billy to the ground] You bastard chickenshits! You let him take her!
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Alternate Versions

Tv and some video rental versions - the ones most most commonly seen or found - do not include extended love scenes featuring topless nudity of Sherilyn Fenn. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

YOUNG LOVE, HOT LOVE
By Randall Nicklaus
Performed by Jill Michaels
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records
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mindless fun
27 December 2005 | by quarsom2See all my reviews

Let's be serious... this movie isn't meant to win an Oscar. It's just supposed to be fun and in my opinion succeeds on every level. The script is hokey, yet there are some really tender moments, like when Billy Hankins realizes who the Wraith really is. The acting is OK but this isn't Shakespeare. This movie is a great escape. Plus the revenge angle is definitely cool. The ending is actually a little reminiscent of "High Plains Drifter", where there is that one unspoken moment where fantasy and reality blur. This is actually one of my favorite films of the 80's. Sure it is massively dated, but, interesting none the less. Just a side note.... one of the waitresses at the drive in is a young Brook Burke of Wild On and Rockstar INXS fame!!!


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