Vision Quest


Vision Quest

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In a rambling, somewhat unfocused manner, this teen drama tells the tale of a high school wrestler trying to "find himself" and a woman who inadvertently enters his life just when he has to concentrate on winning a big match. A complex series of circumstances involving a broken-down car land the traveling Carla (Linda Fiorentino) in the home of Louden (Matthew Modine), the dedicated wrestler. Louden is out to lose ten pounds to get ready for a match with the state champion, and along the way, searches for spiritual solace with a pseudo Native American who after dispensing his best advice takes Louden for a visit to his grandfather, where the family wisdom apparently resides. While trying to ignore the physical attraction posed by Carla, Louden is having a fairly difficult time keeping his mind both on the match and his "vision quest." Notable in this mix of characters is the appearance of Madonna as a singer in a nightclub. Otherwise, time marches inexorably on as the wrestling match and the resolution of Louden's relationship with Carla loom on the horizon.

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Matthew Modine
as Louden Swain
Ronny Cox
as Louden's Dad
Daphne Zuniga
as Margie Epstein
Raphael Sbarge
as Schmoozler
Forest Whitaker
as Bulldozer
James Gammon
as Kuch's Dad
Fred Miles
as Louden's Opponent
Sean Morgan
as Injured Salesman
Cash Stone
as Official
Ken Pelo
as Hoover Team Coach
Kevin Kahl Lease
as Exercise Leader
Tony Christianson
as Thompson Teammate
Jay Bonnett
as Thompson Teammate
Ted Collins
as Thompson Teammate
Paul Spangenberg
as Thompson Medic
David Haugen
as Student Manager
Tom Elkins
as Announcer
Ron Silverman
as Salesman
as Singer at Club
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  • Sep 06, 2010
    I heard that Madonna was in this movie, but actually you just see her as a singer at a club in one scene. Anyway, this is a predictable sports romance movie, that tries to be like The Graduate at times. A couple of good scenes, but mostly boring.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2008
    A really sweet and a romantic story about a teenage wrestler who is 18 falling in love with a woman who's three years older than him. Loved how Louden never gave up no matter what, and how he didn't lose his friendship with Mr. Tanneran. Awesome music in this movie also!!! Watch It!!!!! Just fantastic!!! Love it!!! A great sports movie!!! :) Just great! :)
    Cassie H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2007
    I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I initially bought it for Madonna's short appearance, but the story was pretty good as well.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2007
    Great soundtrack to this classic tale of High school wrestling, and the first time love of Louden Swain, played by the adorable Mathew Modine. It is a chick flick with the sweet story of his ambition to beat the top wrestler in his county, and how he struggles to prove he can take on this goal and to also prove that he can find romance in an older woman played by Linda Fiorentino, although he has tough times reaching what he wants. Just one of them go getter movies, that has you cheering for him. A cute movie, but made for the young teenagers or the ones that want to relive the 80's. ;) With the opening music from Journey, this also has an awesome soundtrack to make the movie more better. :D
    Donna D Super Reviewer

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