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The Wraith (1986)

A mysterious figure suddenly appears to challenge a gang of motorhead thugs.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake Kesey / The Wraith
... Packard Walsh
... Keri Johnson
... Sheriff Loomis
... Billy Hankins
... Skank
... Gutterboy
... Rughead
... Oggie
... Minty
Vickie Benson ... Waitress
Peder Melhuse ... Murphy
Jeffrey Sudzin ... Redd
Michael Hungerford ... Stokes
... 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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pantyhose | gang | police | death | sheriff | See All (70) »

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If you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to fear. See more »


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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21 November 1986 (USA)  »

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A Aparição  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

No explanation is given for the unusual metal bar body attachments that disappear after a kill, though some fans believe these are similar to support braces given people who've gone through severe physical trauma. See more »

Goofs

When the carhop brings food out to Loomis' car, she says "No charge for the sarge" and he replies "I'm a lieutenant you know." He is actually the sheriff, which is the highest ranking law enforcement officer in any given county, a rank much higher than lieutenant. See more »

Quotes

Keri Johnson: I dreamed that the man in the moon was laughing at me.
Jake: He does laugh all the time. You ever notice that?
Keri Johnson: Then I was headed east on the back of a motorcycle and the driver was Jamie Henkins. What's strange is that Jamie's dead.
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Referenced in Ride of the Future (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

POWER LOVE
By Norman Swan
Performed by Lion
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records
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Lost and found!
5 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Well, this movie is one of those half-forgotten gems of this cool decade. As a child I use to rent this movie over and over again but then I forgot it's name when I grew older. Recently, when I started to look for old cult 80s, I stumbled upon this little nice saga. The story is ridiculous but quite entertaining (I love revenge ;)) and there are many strange plot-holes through the whole movie. So why bother renting or buying this old s*** you may ask? Well if you are a child of the 80s and saw it back then, it can bring back some nice memories. If you are from that time but have not seen it, you MUST see it. Everyone else, just see it and enjoy a movie with one of the greatest cars ever on screen. For those who have seen it I just must make some statements of some of the major flaws in the film. How come that the police just let the thugs steal all the nerds cars in a small town like this? (very strange) And why don't the stupid morons see that they're next to die on the list when their buddies fall off one buy one. No fear at all...=) Well... all and all a funny flash-back. You know from like ten minutes into the movie how the end will be, but you'll KEEP on looking...


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