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The Wraith (Special Edition) (1986)

Charlie Sheen , Sherilyn Fenn , Mike Marvin  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlie Sheen, Sherilyn Fenn, Randy Quaid, Nick Cassavetes
  • Directors: Mike Marvin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (281 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030BOCL4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,288 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Wraith (Special Edition)" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Jake is killed by neighborhood thugs, and returns as a mystical figure (The Wraith) to gain revenge.

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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wraith's Wrath May 21, 2003
By phantom
Format:VHS Tape
This is an excellent movie. I just recently saw this on cable and it reminded me of the fact.Charlie Sheen really is an excellent actor and the female lead in this, Sherilyn Fenn is a pretty, talented and appealing actress.I can't say good enough things about Sheen and Fenn. One thing I didn't like about this film was that you don't see a lot of Sheen in this even though he is the lead actor.
The story is a teenager is murdered by a gang. The gangleader is pretty much a psychopath and him and his gang murdered Jamie, the character who dies and comes back as The Wraith.This was probably motivated by jealousy and a possessiveness of Sherilyn Fenn's character who is not interested in the gangleader at all romantically.
Charlie Sheen's character Jake, previously Jamie in another life, returns to wreak revenge on the gangleader and his gang, who are illegal car racers.The Wraith challenges them with his prototype Interceptor car and one by one the gang end up dead;their cars a wreck. They should each be burned beyond recognition (the only way to identify them through dental records) but strangely enough they are unburnt and their eyes are missing.
The action in this is great, it is one of Sheen's best movies. Standout action scene is where there is a car chase and new cars fall off a semi-trailer onto the road.
The special effects are fabulous where The Wraith disappears. I have seen a lot of special effects in movies and these are one of the most impressive I have ever seen.
Thoroughly recommended for Sheen fans, fans of cars and teenagers.I loved it and I am not a teenager.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THOSE HAIRDOS June 20, 2005
THE WRAITH is one of those films that definitely cannot deny its 80s heritage. With a soundtrack laden with 80s greats like Bonnie Tyler, Ozzie Osbourne and Robert Palmer among others, the movie is a homage to those delightfully corny times. And the hairdos...Clint Howard's pompadour, Nick Cassavettes "bad guy" look; the punk look of Skank, and of course Charlie Sheen's nice guy fluff. Not to mention the divine Sherilyn Fenn in her pre-Twin Peaks day. The movie opens with something coming from outer space that morphs into a hot car and a costumed driver. We learn that a gang of punks (led by the irrepressibly vile Nick Cassavettes) have murdered a young man who was messing around with Nick's honey (Fenn). Soon the guys are picked off one by one by the mysterious driver in the souped up car and Sheriff Randy Quaid sets out to find out who this mysterious stranger is. Viewers will figure it out pretty quickly, but THE WRAITH is an entertaining movie, with little unpredictable twists, but the sense of poetic justice is satisfied and that 80s soundtrack is pretty exciting.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still A Good View July 28, 2007
I once watched this 5 times in one day. I was young and stupid....not to mention really bored at the time. Luckily, it was a pretty good movie, so it was not such a chore to get through.

The plot is basic: new kid moves to town, and gets interested in a local girl, Keri. The local hot rod gang leader also has an interest in her and decides to protect those interests. Jake, the new guy, finds himself on the other side of death with a new machine and serious axe to grind. The revenge starts with challenges to races, and as the gang dwindles, so the panic increases.

By today's standards, the effects are on the cheesy side, though that does not entirely detract from the movie's charms. The acting is pretty much what you would expect from a fairly low budget movie, though it is certainly not the worst about. Sheen makes a good impression with his portrayal of the Wraith/Jake, with his "boyish charm".

It is a cult classic, and that is what "The Wraith" will probably always be. It appeals to a particular taste, but if you are into unusual films, this could be worth a look. I still enjoy it, a decade and more later. Still a great film to kick back and zone out with.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 80's classic February 22, 2006
By J. Lang
great 80's movie, watched in late night wen i was a young kid. had to buy the dvd to re-live classic memmories. buy it today!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars you're all wrong November 16, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
this movie is not about the car(although it's a really cool car) this movie is about a love so true that even death couldn't stop it. the hero was murdered by the villain and his crew cause the villain wanted the girl for himself. the hero thru the power of his love returns to exact revenge and reclaim his love and teach her to be strong enough to stand up for herself even though she too is scared of packard and it's also about the love of a brother and his last gift to him
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorite movies of all time September 6, 2002
By O. Rios
Format:VHS Tape
The Wraith is awsome!
the movie is about a kid named Jamie Henkins who gets killed by a car gang led by Packard. the rest of the gang includes Oggie, who drives my favorite car, Minty, Clint Howard (forgot his character's name) and my two favorites, Skank and Gutterboy.
a new kid suddenly shows up to town named Jake, who is really Jamie in his new form and comes back to take back his love, Keri Johnson.
from here, the action begins. the car the wraith drives, from what i heard, is a Dodge Turbo Interceptor, custom, and awsome! the best car in the movie.
after racing Oggie and Minty and getting his revenge on them, he then runs head on into their warehouse where they kill the lively duo of Skank and the Gutterboy. these two are hilarous and if for not the cars, then these 2 hooligans will keep you watching this film over and over.
Packard, after denying that Jamie, the wraith has come back for him, Packard is confronted by the wraith in a cemetary where Pack sees his own grave! in one last brilliant race, the Wraith and the Turbo race Pack and his corvette. the ending is brilliant. head on crash, ball of fire, just flat out awsome. this movie is awsome!
movie stars Charlie Sheen, Randy Quaid, Clint Howard, and Sherilyn Fenn. great movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE.....KARMA
I forgot about this movie. At the movies We girls talked about how fine Charlie looked. I loved Charlie Sheen, he was WINNING way back then.
Published 12 days ago by LADYDEFIANT
3.0 out of 5 stars The black Wraith car is awesome
This film is ok. It was very cheesy but the car scenes were good. I like the Wrath car in this movie. Ron Howard's brother is in this film he normally plays good roles in movies
Published 19 days ago by Martin Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars great 80's movie
I remember watching this movie as a child and loving it. I have looked for it before with no luck then i found it on amazon and had to have it. Great movie still to this day. Read more
Published 23 days ago by william earnest
3.0 out of 5 stars old movie
was fun seeing the 80's. all the clothes and hair. was a bit cheesy. but was clean and fun to watch.
Published 25 days ago by ccc
5.0 out of 5 stars CULT CLASSIC
Published 1 month ago by J.L. Moore Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars classic
Awesome movie .... Charlie sheen when he was better with less lines to remember!...... also try beyond the law another good charlie sheen movie.
Published 1 month ago by Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wraith
Movie was great and played like it should. It came with no scratches and didn't find anything to complain about .
Published 1 month ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is one of the best car movies from the 80' wife even loved it. You can't go wrong with this one.
Published 1 month ago by TimmyG123
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I love this movie oldie but goodie love possession action and love awesome movie but only adults should see it delivers thank you for my dvd it arrived on time and as described
Published 1 month ago by nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars This is another Charlie Sheen movie.
This movie I saw years ago and loved it. The car in it is wonderful and my husband wished he could of owned it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sueg
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