Vision Quest

Vision Quest

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Director: Harold Becker

Cast: Harold Becker, Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino, Michael Schoeffling

     
 

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According to high school wrestler Matthew Modine, a spiritual "Vision Quest" is necessary for him to decide his future. Thus, Modine starts behaving in a manner that amazes even himself. The crowning achievement of Modine's new outlook on life is his romance with 21-year-old artist Linda Fiorentino. Somehow, all of this boils down to the standard "underdog makes good

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According to high school wrestler Matthew Modine, a spiritual "Vision Quest" is necessary for him to decide his future. Thus, Modine starts behaving in a manner that amazes even himself. The crowning achievement of Modine's new outlook on life is his romance with 21-year-old artist Linda Fiorentino. Somehow, all of this boils down to the standard "underdog makes good at crucial sports event" finale. Essentially Rocky and Breaking Away redux, Vision Quest is saved by the spirited performances of its young protagonists. Of historical value is the brief appearance by Madonna, whose voice is heard throughout on the film's music track.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Harold Becker's modest film about a high school wrestler's coming-of-age isn't long on originality but it's a far more solid and affecting film than most '80s teen fare. The story focuses on an 18-year-old wrestler (Matthew Modine) who is preparing intensely for the state championship while keeping his eye on a hot, young woman (Linda Fiorentino) who has drifted into town. The film's premise can make it seem like one of the numerous Rocky (1976) clones that flooded theaters in the '80s, and although it has predictable elements, it's filled by a more interesting and recognizably human group of people than is usually the case with such films. Like Rocky (1976), most such stories have a working-class setting which is barely sketched out, but seems to automatically imply the need for escape. Vision Quest is set in similar territory, but has respect for the milieu and its well-observed characters. Modine is appealing as the eager, hardworking kid, and Fiorentino fits the bill perfectly as the sexy, knowing boarder.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/08/2012
UPC:
0883316396988
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
1,243

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew Modine Louden Swain
Linda Fiorentino Carla
Michael Schoeffling Kuch
Ronny Cox Mr. Swain/Louden's Dad
Harold Sylvester Tanneran
Charles Hallahan Coach
J.C. Quinn Elmo
Daphne Zuniga Margie Epstein
Frank Jasper Shute
Darrell Briggs Referee
Nancy Klopper Actor
Cash Stone Official
Forest Whitaker Bulldozer
R.H. Thomson Kevin
Gary Kasper Otto
Raphael Sbarge Schmoozler
Roberts Blossom Grandpa
James Gammon Kuch's Dad
Judith Hansen Elsie
Fred Miles Louden's Opponent
Sean Morgan Injured Salesman
Ken Pelo Hoover, Team Coach
Kevin Kahl Lease Exercise Leader
Tony Christianson Thompson Teammate
Jay Bonnett Thompson Teammate
Ted Collins Thompson Teammate
Paul Spangenberg Thompson Medic
David Haugen Student Manager
Tom Elkins Announcer
Jana Marie Hupp Sally
Madonna Special Appearance

Technical Credits
Harold Becker Director
Susan Becker Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Fields Executive Producer
Christopher Franke Score Composer
Peter Guber Producer
Jeff Haley Set Decoration/Design
Nancy Klopper Casting
William Malley Production Designer
Joseph P. Mercurio Special Effects
Cheri Minns Makeup
Jon Peters Producer
Darryl Ponicsan Screenwriter
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
Douglas Day Stewart Screenwriter
Tangerine Dream Score Composer
Stan Weston Executive Producer
Maury Winetrobe Editor

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Vision Quest 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Every wrestler knows Vision Quest is a great movie. We all have our Vision Quests in life. This is a movie about growing up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw Vision Quest in 1985, I was 21. I'm 39 now and I never go on run without the soundtrack motivating me. It gives me the ''vision'' to keep going, to reach my quest! I've been running to it for YEARS and I never tire of it!! I see each scene with each song and press on! Matthew Modine has been a fave of mine since this movie!!
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
i have to say that Vision Quest is a real good movie Matthew Modine stars as a wrestler who falls in love with a woman Linda Fiorentino his good friend Michael Scoeffling as is a wreslter you might know him as Jake Ryan from Sixteen candles anyaway the movie has some drama and romance Vision Quest is a real good movie you'll like when you watch it i know cause i did
Anonymous More than 1 year ago