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


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Dedicated to the memory of Bruce Ingram, who worked on the film as an assistant cameraman. He was the single person killed when the camera car overturned. See more »

Goofs

The police cars change regularly between Plymouth Caravelles, Chevrolet Malibus, and Plymouth Gran Furys. See more »

Quotes

Jake: Well, it's time for me to hit the road. My business here is finished. Before I do, I want you to have somethin'.
[hands Billy his car keys]
Jake: She's yours now.
Billy Hankins: Who's mine?
Jake: It's outside. Turbo Interceptor. The only one in existence. Does very special things. Take care of it, will ya?
Billy Hankins: Who are you, bro?
Jake: You said it, Billy
[Jake gives him a knowing look]
Jake: ... I Gotta Go.
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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 »

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Referenced in Monstervision: Ice Cream Man (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

YOUNG LOVE, HOT LOVE
By Randall Nicklaus
Performed by Jill Michaels
Courtesy of Scotti Brothers Records
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Lost and found!
5 January 2004 | by Lovechild_77See 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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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wraith 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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