6.0/10
13,823
117 user 91 critic

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
Reviews
Popularity
4,000 ( 1,027)

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Wraith (2017)
Short | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Consumed by grief and rage over a recent tragedy, a young man becomes a ruthless vigilante known only as The Wraith in order to exact vengeance on an old friend.

Director: Austin Cordova
Stars: Martin Huss, Austin Cordova, Jade Aspros
No Man's Land (1987)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A rookie cop goes undercover and infiltrates a car thief ring.

Director: Peter Werner
Stars: Charlie Sheen, D.B. Sweeney, Lara Harris
The Chase (1994)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Escaped convict Jack Hammond takes a woman hostage and sets off for the Mexican border with the police hot on his tail.

Director: Adam Rifkin
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Kristy Swanson, Henry Rollins
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

On his last working day, postman Giorgi leads newbie letter-carrier Lamara to familiar houses. While visiting ordinary people, they experience very unusual professional and personal situations and try hard to find the best ways out.

Director: Siko Dolidze
Stars: Sergo Zakariadze, Bela Mirianashvili, Malkhaz Gorgiladze
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

The Wraith sets out to free the citizens of Metro City from the ruthless grip of crime-lord, Robert Latham, and a new nemesis, The Cobra.

Director: Stephen J. Semones
Stars: Ryan Basham, David Cooper, Stacie Cooper
Action | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

In a post-apocalyptic Texas, a band of warriors fight against a fascist regime that is trying to take control of all surviving population.

Directors: Joe D'Amato, George Eastman
Stars: Al Cliver, Harrison Muller, Daniel Stephen
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Roy and Bo leave their small town the weekend after graduation for a short road trip to LA. Soon, they find themselves lashing out and leaving a trail of bodies behind them. The violence escalates throughout.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Maxwell Caulfield, Charlie Sheen, Patti D'Arbanville
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists.

Director: Thom Eberhardt
Stars: Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelli Maroney, Robert Beltran
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An undercover cop joins a murderous, arms-dealing biker gang to try to put them behind bars.

Director: Larry Ferguson
Stars: Charlie Sheen, Linda Fiorentino, Michael Madsen
The Boom (1963)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During the economic boom of Italy a man tries desperately to maintain a high standard of living for his family.

Director: Vittorio De Sica
Stars: Alberto Sordi, Gianna Maria Canale, Elena Nicolai
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Video game expert Alex Rogan finds himself transported to another planet after conquering The Last Starfighter video game only to find out it was just a test. He was recruited to join the team of best starfighters to defend their world from the attack.

Director: Nick Castle
Stars: Lance Guest, Robert Preston, Kay E. Kuter
Horror | Thriller

A family on the verge of ruin is forced to abandon their house when a malevolent spirit invades their lives. Sins of the past come to light when a paranormal team investigates the house and soon find themselves in a battle for their souls.

Edit

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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

He's not from around here. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wraith See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,402,535, 23 November 1986

Gross USA:

$3,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,500,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Sherilyn Fenn, Charlie Sheen and his future ex-wife Denise Richards all went on to play in different episodes of Friends (1994). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie, Jake says to Keri "You know who I am." and then they kiss. Only the back of his head is shown, but the person kissing her has different color hair and a different hairstyle. This was probably an insert shot, and a stand-in was used if Charlie Sheen wasn't available. See more »

Quotes

Keri Johnson: [after kissing Jake] Nice.
Jake: I thought so, too.
Keri Johnson: Look, Jake, if Packard knew I was here with you... I mean, people are afriad of him for a reason.
Jake: People are afraid because guys like Packard prey on fear and weakness.
Keri Johnson: Well, I just think he's crazy. Try and be brave against Packard and he might kill you.
Jake: Or he might let you go. Courage isn't easy to come by. That's how he keeps those goons with him all the time. They're just scared.
Keri Johnson: So am I.
Jake: Keri, listen. There's gonna come a time when you'll have ...
See more »

Alternate Versions

Old German VCL rental video was edited for violence to secure a "Not under 16" rating. In 2002 the film was resubmitted to the FSK and passed uncut with the same rating. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

ADDICTED TO LOVE
Written and Performed by Robert Palmer
Courtesy of Island Records, Inc.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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!!!


23 of 31 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 117 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed