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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital (DVD version)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At Louden's first wrestling match at his desired weight, the high school band plays the Ewok Theme song from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, which came out the year Vision Quest was filmed. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Elmo: [looks at Louden's book] What the fuck is this?
Louden Swain: What? You don't recognize it?
Elmo: Wait a minute! This is coos!
Louden Swain: Yeah, I'm thinking very seriously of becoming a gynecologist
Elmo: A coos doctor in outer space? Man, you're flippin' out!
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Connections

Referenced in Becker: The Princess Cruise (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Gambler
Written and Performed by Madonna
Produced by Phil Ramone
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classic eighties movie
12 June 2004 | by james_horatioSee all my reviews

We used to watch this before big games. I especially like the Ronnie James Dio / Don Henley / Madonna soundtrack.

whatever happened to shute??? I hate wrestling but this is a classic underdog story.

Linda Fiorentino says she really likes 'big hands'. Hilarious. The wrestler character here is only about 100 times more believable than the Emilio Estevez character in Breakfast Club. Linda Fiorentino has great 80's hair in this film. The scenes with him climbing up the peg wall are the best non-Shute scenes by far. This picture has really solid naturalistic dialogue.


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