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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louden's Dad
J.C. Quinn ...
Elmo (as J. C. Quinn)
Margie Epstein
Kevin (as R. H. Thomson)
Frank Jasper ...
Kuch's Dad


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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Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crazy for You  »

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Did You Know?


The poem recited by Tanneran in the classroom scene is a classic poem entitled "Spring and Fall To a Young Child" by Gerard Manley Hopkins, a noted Victorian-age poet whose works were published in 1918, some 30 years after his death. See more »


In the match between Loudon and Shute, the referee clearly says "no takedown" as they go out of bounds. Yet, when he brings them back to the line, Loudon takes the "down" position and the score is 2-0 in Shute's favor, indicating a takedown has been awarded. See more »


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.
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Featured in Sports on the Silver Screen (1997) See more »


Crazy For You
Performed by Madonna
Music by Jon Lind
Lyrics by John Bettis
Produced by Phil Ramone
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Don't be afraid to chase your dreams
6 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Any time I need to get psyched up this is the movie I think about. I learned watching it back in the 80's that if you have a dream you have to go after it because nobody is going to give it to you. It doesn't matter if you are a wrestler, a financial analyst, an astronaut or a bartender everybody has a dream. Louden set a goal, had a plan and went after what he wanted, that's what we all need to do. This movie has had a great effect on my life. I guess everybody has their own motivational tools and cheesy or not this is one of mine. From the peg board climbing scene to the Pele description scene to the warm up scene playing out to "Lunatic Fringe" before his match with Shute this movie, in my opinion is an inspirational masterpiece. I really wish they would re-release the soundtrack because I can't find it anywhere.

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