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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.

Director:

Harold Becker

Writers:

Terry Davis (novel), Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Modine ... Louden Swain
Linda Fiorentino ... Carla
Michael Schoeffling ... Kuch
Ronny Cox ... Louden's Dad
Harold Sylvester ... Tanneran
Charles Hallahan ... Coach
J.C. Quinn ... Elmo (as J. C. Quinn)
Daphne Zuniga ... Margie Epstein
R.H. Thomson ... Kevin (as R. H. Thomson)
Gary Kasper ... Otto
Raphael Sbarge ... Schmoozler
Forest Whitaker ... Balldozer
Frank Jasper Frank Jasper ... Shute
Roberts Blossom ... Grandpa
James Gammon ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot 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:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crazy for You See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,651,665, 18 February 1985

Gross USA:

$12,993,175

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,993,175
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (DVD version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

J.C. Quinn, who portrays Elmo the cook in the hotel where Louden Swain (Matthew Modine) works, also co-starred in Gross Anatomy (1989), where Matthew portrayed Joe Slovak, and J.C. portrayed Joe's Father, Papa Slovak. See more »

Goofs

In the match against Shute, just before Louden gets the bloody nose, Shute scores 2 points for a reversal. This should have made the score 10-9 for Shute, however the scoreboard indicates the score is 8-7 Shute, meaning the score did not reflect either wrestlers' previous reversal. 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.
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Soundtracks

The Four Seasons/Summer
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Performed by Jan Tomasow / Solisti di Zagreb (as I Solisti Di Zagreb) / Antonio Janigro,
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Another one of those "growing up" movies...
5 January 2004 | by moviedude1See all my reviews

Modine is a high school wrestler who's just turned 18 and is in so much of a hurry to grow up. In the first 45 minutes of the movie, he's chosen 3 or 4 different careers. (Ah! To be young, again!) The movie follows all the basic plot lines concerning coming of age that does stand the test of time, because, even though this movie is almost 20 years old, a lot of the kids today can relate to it.

Along the way, Modine's father (Cox) has lost his job, Modine decides to move down, not just one, but two, weight classes to take on the best wrestler in the state, and a very pretty Jersey girl (Fiorentino) shows up on his doorstep to take up all his spare "thinking" time.

This is really not a bad movie. It examines some of what goes on in someone's head when they get in the frame of mind that they want something that just about everyone else feels is unattainable for them. Modine does a very good job in bringing the character of Louden to believability, and the surrounding cast puts in a good effort as well. It is a better-than-average teen flick movie, but not much (but I think it's only because I haven't been a teen ager in so long, myself).

6 out of 10...


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