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Vision Quest (1985)

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

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Cast

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Elmo (as J. C. Quinn)
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Kevin (as R. H. Thomson)
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Otto
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Schmoozler
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Grandpa
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Kuch's Dad
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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>

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

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Drama | Romance | Sport

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R | See all certifications »

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15 February 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crazy for You  »

Box Office

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$12,900,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew modine and daphne Zuniga would reunite a few year later in gross anatomy. 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: Can 800 million Chinamen be wrong?
Tanneran: Frequently.
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Connections

Referenced in Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Only The Young
(end title)
Performed by Journey
Written by Steve Perry, Neal Schon and Jonathan Cain
Produced by Mike Chapman
Scandal did indeed record a version of this song, but the soundtrack version is Journey.
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Decent effort doesn't quite score a pinfall
20 November 1999 | by (Las Vegas, N.M.) – See all my reviews

A slightly different spin on the traditional Underdog Athlete Overcomes the Odds storyline, Vision Quest is a decent film for most viewers (for those who have actually endured the challenges of the collegiate wrestling world, the movie is practically required viewing!). Modine and Fiorentino, who went on to better-known films such as Equinox and Jade, respectively, are solid if unspectacular in roles as a high school wrestler and the world-weary object of his desires. Among the other notables who appear in the movie: a young Forrest Whitaker, James Gammon, Michael Schoeffling (Sixteen Candles), and Madonna, who contributed "Crazy For You" and "Gambler" to an underrated soundtrack. The wrestling sequences are gritty and realistic, as are the frequent portrayals of training. But the screenplay's dialogue is often choppy and does little to develop the potentially interesting characters. Subplots are hinted at but are not followed through with. And there is a lack of smooth transition between sequences. Still, Vision Quest is watchable and worthwhile as a rental (if you are a wrestler, this is especially true).


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