Vision Quest is a coming of age movie in which high school wrestler Louden Swain (Matthew Modine) decides he wants to be something more than an average high school athlete and sets his sights on a prize that many don't thi... more »nk 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 (Linda Fiorentino). Swain falls in love with her and she helps him stay focused and prevents him from losing sight of his goals. Although a lower-budget film than Flashdance or Top Gun, this movie is similar in theme and style. Madonna makes her first appearance in a major motion picture as a lead singer in a local band performing her hit songs "Crazy For You" and "Gambler".« less
"Vision Quest is a flawed movie, but also a movie that transcends its flaws with the emotional power of many of its scenes. One of the great movies of "coming of age" with one of the great, fully rendered male youths I've seen in this type of movie. The sex is handled very realistically, without romanticizing or simplifying Modine's character.I think the thing that makes this movie so memorable is the soundtrack, and the use of the soundtrack. Youth movie directors of today should refer back to this movie to see the power of song used in the right way, not just to promote a CD. This movie makes me believe in the yearning of youth and what you can accomplish and the complexities of becoming a man. It also makes me remember a time when songs really had impact. The soundtrack is still available today, that should tell you something. Even the Journey song rings true, as incredible as that may seem. On the rental version of this movie, the back cover presents this movie as a "feel good" film. I don't agree. It is an inspiring movie, but also achingly real and sad. There isn't really a happy ending, it is more like a snapshot in time. The hero, Matt Modine, doesn't sail off in the sunset with a girl. What you are left with is more of a snapshot of a time to remember, a time that is in retrospect too short- but a time that had such possibility and hope that you would never ever want to forget it."
As close to a perfect movie as one can be...
Buz | Cincinnati, OH | 04/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"...and I was not a wrestler -- in fact, I rather disliked the sport growing up! What makes this one of the greatest movies, besides the brilliant casting, directing, music and of course, acting; is the way it moves your emotions. If you don't feel complete euphoria after watching this film, you don't have a pulse either. Call it a cult classic, or a relic of the past -- however it gets categorized -- it will go down in history as an inspiring, true-to-life portrayal of youth and passion and the quest for success. Not a single scene in this movie is flawed or unbelievable -- a truly remarkable...yes...masterpiece."
A. Chopra | 02/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This one is a very sweet and encouraging movie. I got the DVD free with the audio CDs I ordered. First time in my life it happened that I found the free stuff better than the one I paid money for.
The movie is a lot different than the kind of ones we see now. It has a message, something which movies made in this era lacks. Matthew Modine plays the role perfectly, so did Linda Fiorentino. I also ordered the audio soundtrack of this movie, as all the tracks in the movie are worth listening!
I have shown this movie to most of my friends and relatives, and not one of them found it not worth watching. In fact, they borrowed the DVD several times. However, the DVD has no additional features, subtitles, or menu options. Five stars from me! "
Something for us...
Quray Bey | Wayne, NJ | 10/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I confess; I am a wrestler and that probably biases me slightly. No matter, I love this movie. My wrestling coach showed our team this movie my sophomore year in high school, and I have loved it ever since. Truly, before I seen this movie I thought no one understood how we felt--the feeling of sacrificing so much and receiving so little in return. The blood, sweat, and tears (literally) that came along with such a demanding sport, along with the joy, comradery and lasting friendships developed through sweat all come together in this movie. There are dozens of football, basketball, and baseball movies, but now we have something to call our own. Something we can watch that reminds us of how we used to be. If you have ever worked hard or sacrificed for anything in your life, you should not only understand this movie, but should love it."
Vision Quest, captures the emotion of the sport of wrestling
Quray Bey | 08/08/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"'Vision Quest' is a brilliant film for two reasons. The character of "Louden Swain" as portrayed by Matthew Modine captures the raw power and motivation to attain his ultimate goal. Swain is a man who will stop at nothing to lose thirty pounds to wrestle Brian Shute. Many people who have never wrestled appreciate this film for it's honest portrayal of youth and inspiration. I as a wrestler appreciate the presence of brutalness and pure pleasure that Louden exemplifies for his wrestling. Harold Becker who has directed films like "Malice" and "City Hall" knows how to convey the power of wrestling in this film. Most wrestlers will be appalled at the inaccuracies of scoring and unrealistic moves used in the film. But, this is Hollywood is you want to see a real match go see one. "Vision Quest' is for now and will always be a cult classic to every person that appreciates the sport. Let's be happy wrestling at least has a film this well done to portray the excitement of this incredible sport."