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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.

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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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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

Gross USA:

$3,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

A 16 year old Brooke Burke Charvet has a small part in the film as a waitress. See more »

Goofs

When Rughead steps in front of Oggy's car and the Turbo to set off Oggy's race, Oggy's side mirror shows him wearing his helmet. In the next shot when he is shaking hands with Skank he is wearing no helmet but his sunglasses instead. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Loomis: OK pal; time to drain the drug overdose sloshin' above your eyebrows and tell me who the dude was drivin' that other car.
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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

References The Thing (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

REBEL YELL
By Billy Idol and Steve Stevens
Performed by Billy Idol
Courtesy of Chrysalis Records, Inc.
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A Bit of 80's Fun!
27 January 2007 | by metallikat74See all my reviews

My brothers and I used to watch this movie all the time, probably when it was on HBO back in the day. It was a nice piece of nostalgia. Since I had viewed it so much as a kid, it was like going back and watching a movie you almost know by heart but at the same time weren't really sure what was going to happen next.

The soundtrack was great, with the likes of Ozzy, Billy Idol, Robert Palmer and others. Looking at all that 80's "fashion" was fun too. The DVD box didn't say the year but I had determined it to be about '86 or '87.

I couldn't help but draw a comparison to this storyline and that of "The Crow". "The Crow" is definitely a darker piece of fun but the same "guy done wrong takes revenge and finds his girl" wasn't hard to miss.

All in all, if you're looking for something fun, with a great soundtrack, cool cars and fast car races, check it out!


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