A high school wrestler in Spokane, Washington has trouble focusing on his training regimen when a worldly drifter takes up temporary residence at his home.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
Popularity
4,046 ( 937)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Gotcha! (1985)
Action | Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Jonathan plays a game called Gotcha in which he hunts and is hunted by other students with paint guns. After a big win, he goes off for a vacation in France where he meets the sexy Sasha ... See full summary »

Director: Jeff Kanew
Stars: Anthony Edwards, Linda Fiorentino, Jsu Garcia
Gross Anatomy (1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A smart first-year med student takes nothing seriously, except the pursuit of his Gross Anatomy (human dissection) lab partner. It's up to her and their teacher to find a way to convince ... See full summary »

Director: Thom Eberhardt
Stars: Matthew Modine, Daphne Zuniga, Christine Lahti
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A bored suburban housewife, seeking adventure to her life, accidentally gets hit on the head, wakes up with amnesia, and is mistaken for a free-spirited New York City drifter named Susan.

Director: Susan Seidelman
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Madonna, Aidan Quinn
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A high school footballer desperate for a scholarship and his headstrong coach clash in a dying Pennsylvania steel town.

Director: Michael Chapman
Stars: Tom Cruise, Lea Thompson, Craig T. Nelson
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

A street-wise teen gets herself in a series of circumstances and mishaps in her meaningless existence.

Director: Stephen Jon Lewicki
Stars: Jeremy Pattnosh, Madonna, Charles Kurtz
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A New York film director, working on his latest movie in Los Angeles, begins to reflect the actions in his movie and real life, especially when he begins an affair with the lead actress.

Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Harvey Keitel, Madonna, James Russo
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Terry Griffith has got it all -- looks, popularity, the perfect college boyfriend, and an article that's a shoo-in to win her a summer internship at the local newspaper... or so she thinks.... See full summary »

Director: Lisa Gottlieb
Stars: Joyce Hyser, Clayton Rohner, Billy Jayne
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A girl's "sweet" sixteenth birthday becomes anything but special as she suffers from every embarrassment possible.

Director: John Hughes
Stars: Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Justin Henry
Real Genius (1985)
Comedy | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Teenage geniuses deal with their abilities while developing a laser.

Director: Martha Coolidge
Stars: Val Kilmer, Gabriel Jarret, Michelle Meyrink
Mischief (1985)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

1956: The shy Jonathan's luck with girls changes when he wins the rebellious Gene as a friend in his last year of high school. Gene is adored by many girls and manages to teach Jonathan a ... See full summary »

Director: Mel Damski
Stars: Doug McKeon, Catherine Mary Stewart, Kelly Preston
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A nerd gets himself in hot water with the new bully, a quiet bad boy who challenges him to fight on the grounds of their high school after the day's end.

Director: Phil Joanou
Stars: Casey Siemaszko, Annie Ryan, Richard Tyson
Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Due to NCAA sanctions, the Texas State University Fightin' Armadillos must form a football team from their actual student body, with no scholarships to help, to play their football schedule... See full summary »

Director: Stan Dragoti
Stars: Scott Bakula, Hector Elizondo, Robert Loggia
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Carla
...
Kuch
...
Louden's Dad
...
Tanneran
...
Coach
J.C. Quinn ...
Elmo (as J. C. Quinn)
...
Margie Epstein
...
Kevin (as R. H. Thomson)
...
Otto
...
Schmoozler
...
Balldozer
Frank Jasper ...
Shute
...
...
Kuch's Dad
Edit

Storyline

Vision Quest is a coming of age movie in which high school wrestler Louden Swain decides he wants to be something more than an average high school athlete and sets his sights on a prize that many don't think he can win - he then sets out to reach his goal alone, without much support from his father or coach. His father rents a room to a young drifter, Carla. Swain falls in love with her and she helps him stay focused and prevents him from losing sight of his goals. Written by Lynanne Fowle <lynanne@thefowles.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

All he needed was a lucky break. Then one day she moved in.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crazy for You  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| (DVD version)

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Matthew modine and daphne Zuniga would reunite a few year later in gross anatomy. See more »

Goofs

When Loudon is climbing the peg wall, he puts the right peg in the second highest row at least 3 times as the camera angles changes. See more »

Quotes

Louden Swain: But all I ever settled for is that we're born to live and then to die, and... we got to do it alone, each in his own way. And I guess that's why we got to love those people who deserve it like there's no tomorrow. 'Cause when you get right down to it - there isn't.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Guiron (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Hungry For Heaven
Performed by Ronnie James Dio (as Dio)
Music by Ronnie James Dio and Jimmy Bain
Lyrics by Ronnie James Dio
Produced by Ronnie James Dio
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Trite Plot, Sappy Star; so WHY is it so GOOD?
28 October 2004 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

While I bought the soundtrack to 'Vision Quest' while the movie was still new, I didn't bother to see the movie until recently. While a great soundtrack and a braless Linda Fiorentino was quite appealing, the 'high school wrestler' plot didn't interest me at all. A few years later, after seeing the sappy Matthew Modine in 'Married to the Mob, ' I lost all interest in 'Vision Quest'. However, after catching (I wish) Linda Fiorentino in 'Men in Black,' and finding 'Vision Quest on ENCORE, I thought, 'What the heck? It's free.' So, my wife and I snuggled in and watched. We were glad we did. Sure, Modine was sappy, but so was his character, Loudan Swain. Loudan's a goofy kid who just turned 18. He's also smart and athletic and decent. He's a wrestler and he plans to beat the best high school wrestler in the state. Loudan wants this not for glory or awards; he just believes he can do it and makes a superhuman effort to lose the weight required to compete in the champ's weight class. His buddy, Kuch, who fancies himself an American Indian, observes Loudan is making a 'vision quest' for self discovery. During Loudan's journey and 'rite of passage to manhood' he meets Carla, a street smart, sexy girl three years his senior. Loudan falls for Carla and now has two dreams, to fight the champ and to win Carla.

Daryl Ponicson ('The Last Detail,' 'Cinderella Liberty) wrote the fine, incisive screenplay from the novel by Terry Davis. The movie has a lot to say about life and how dedication leads to genius. The language is rough, but quite natural. Linda Fiorentino has the movies funniest line, which refers to the 'Holland Tunnel', but J. C. Quinn, who plays Modene's chef friend, has the most poetic monologue, regarding Pele and soccer. Even though things don't work out exactly as Loudan expected, he's uplifted and exhilarated and you will be, too.

The outstanding soundtrack contains music by Tangerine Dream, Journey, REO Speedwagon and Madonna, among others. While the songs were not written for the movie (except, probably the Oscar worthy 'Crazy for You'), they work extremely well. Credit director Howard Becker ('The Onion Field,' 'Sea of Love') for getting the best from his talented cast of actors and musicians. 'Vision Quest' is not a great movie, but a good one. I give it a '7'.


24 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Guy carrying log on steps in stadium? lightkeeper-1
Cutting weight csca15
Ranking the Gay undertones kfcinsane
High School Wrestling coreyterminator
Loudin wrestles at 168 lbs. greree
Is Louden -- gasp -- gay? No joke. supervillain666
Discuss Vision Quest (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?