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Vision Quest (1985)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sport  |  15 February 1985 (USA)
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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.

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Kuch
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Louden's Dad
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Tanneran
Charles Hallahan ...
Coach
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Elmo (as J. C. Quinn)
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Kevin (as R. H. Thomson)
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Kuch's Dad
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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>

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

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Crazy for You  »

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Matthew Modine once remarked in a magazine interview that the film's title was more appropriate for a science fiction film. In Australia, this film was retitled "Crazy For You". See more »

Goofs

When the referee calls the pin in the final match, he does not have the whistle in his mouth. When a pin is called, the referee would blow the whistle and then slap the mat. See more »

Quotes

Louden Swain: Hey, Carla? I'd do it all again.
Carla: So would I.
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Time For Me To Fly
Performed by REO Speedwagon
Written by Kevin Cronin
Produced by Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath and Paul Grupp
Courtesy of Epic Records
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A coming-of-age plot that works due to chemistry & dialogue.
25 December 2000 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews



This isn't a movie about wrestling, it's a movie about a young 18-year-old wrestler trying to find his place in the world.

Louden Swayne (Matthew Modine) decides last minute to switch weight classes in order to be able to take on the best wrestler in the state, but his half-American Indian friend tells Louden that he's on a vision quest, trying to find his purpose in life, to "find the answers", even if he doesn't know the questions. The vision quest theme is not flushed out that well, but it's certainly a better title than "Crazy For You", which makes this movie seem like nothing more than a sappy romance flick.

His path crosses with Carla, a struggling artist (Linda Fiorentino) who gets stranded in Spokane, WA due to her lemon car; she ends up staying with Lauden and his father. Fiorentino gets all the good lines in this script, with Modine stuck playing the naive, hormonal teenager his character is for most of the movie.

Their relationship begins as a fraternal one -- she even declares him a "stepbrother" at one point, to his eternal dismay; he's already fallen in love with her.

At his job filling room service orders at a hotel, Lauden becomes good friends with the short-order cook, Elmo (J.C. Quinn), and the two have unusual conversations which serve to fill in Lauden's character without being too boring or overtly expositional.

Surprisingly good acting from Fiorentino and Quinn (especially during his Pele speech near the end), some snappy dialogue and a quick cameo from Madonna all lead to a movie that is easy to watch, with characters easy to like and to care about. Just remember -- no matter what anyone else says, it's not a wrestling movie.


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