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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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Plot Keywords:

pantyhose | gang | police | death | sheriff | See All (71) »

Taglines:

An evil force took his life... Now an unearthly power has brought him back. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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

Quotes

Keri Johnson: You think I'd go to California with you? I'd rather go to Nogales, have the Gutterboy's cretin children and die than to be with you.
Packard Walsh: You better shut up now, Keri, or I'm gonna have to...
Keri Johnson: Yeah, you can kill me, too, Packard, but you can never make me love you.
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Connections

Referenced in Ben 10: Ben 4 Good Buddy (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

THOSE WERE THE DAYS
By Ray Coburn
Performed by Honeymoon Suite
Courtesy of WEA Music of Canada, Ltd.
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High Plains Driver
16 March 2010 | by rcoates-661-22249See all my reviews

Essentially a revved-up sci-fi version of High Plains Drifter with 80s teens and the cute young spirit of vengeance driving the Mad Max Interceptor instead of riding into town on a horse, The Wraith is one I've remembered fondly since first seeing it on Monstervision with Joe Bob Briggs in the 90s.

The story is, as other reviewers have noted, pretty hopelessly stupid, with dialogue alternating between bland and quotably goofy. Sheen, though top-billed, has little to do and isn't particularly charismatic when he's on screen. Consequently, the Wraith experience is all about the superficial elements: slick car action, hot 80s pop, eye-pleasing girls, etc. Also noteworthy, however, is the colorful supporting cast, including Randy Quaid as the sheriff, and scene-stealing comic relief cretins Skank, Gutterboy, and Rughead (the eternally fascinating Clint Howard sporting an Eraserhead 'do).

It's amusing to see the wild array of user reactions to The Wraith, ranging from exaggeratedly laudatory ("Sheen's Post-Impressionist Masterpiece", whatever that means) to dismissive ("Really bad 80's cheese") to indignantly blunt ("crap!!"). It really depends on how you feel about the wacky decade that unleashed The Wraith, a disposable 80s trash flick par excellence. All you need to know is that this movie is 80s to the max. I might be disposed to dismiss The Wraith as time-wasting crap, myself, if it weren't for the fact that it's such utterly fun and nostalgically classic crap.


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