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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 ... See full summary »

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Carla
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Kuch
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Louden's Dad
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Tanneran
Charles Hallahan ...
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Elmo (as J. C. Quinn)
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Margie Epstein
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Kevin (as R. H. Thomson)
Gary Kasper ...
Otto
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Schmoozler
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Balldozer
Frank Jasper ...
Shute
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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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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 »

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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 »

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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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Referenced in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004) See more »

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Shout To The Top
Performed by Style Council (as The Style Council)
Written by Paul Weller
Produced by Paul Weller
Courtesy of Polydor Limited and Geffen Records
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It was made for the wrestlers and fans!
7 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Its not hard to understand why some viewers would dislike this movie, since less than .1% of the worlds population ever wrestled in a competitive environment.

But, for those that have, and for the friends and parents of those wrestlers, this movie is a solid 9/10 rating. The movie hits on every aspect of this sports tortuous rigor: losing weight every week, not eating, training, and the mental gymnastics involved with having to believe that you can beat anyone at anytime.

And most realistically, this movie also shows the hardships of doing what every other high school kid does, in combination with the rigors of the sport. They have love relationships, they have classmates, they have to deal with the teachers and coaches, as well as their own family, plus they have to deal with their own teammates each week who may want to take over the top position at their weight.

As one who had over 100 high school matches (15 years before the making of this movie), I can confirm that there is no better movie than this about high school wrestling. When you rate this movie you should not think about how good it is among all other movies, rather you should rate it solely based on its ability to achieve the objective of accurately portraying its subject.

I guess that some would think Louden is not a "team player", but wrestling is an individual sport, no matter how others would want to portray it (although if you win your team gets points). Now that this diatribe (which it might be to some) is about over, I will summarize as follows: Do not watch the movie if you don't care about seeing an exceptionally good story about high school wrestling, you won't like it!


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