Vision Quest (1985)


vision quest“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. ” – Louden Swain

Number of Times Seen – Probably about 5 times (cable in the 80’s and 4 Jun 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A high school wrestler strives to change his weight class and overtake one of the best wrestlers in the area while falling for an older woman passing thru town.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I know I saw a few times as a young kid and it’s understandable that a 10 year old would remember certain scenes like a scene with someone sniffing freshly laundered female underwear,  a character carrying a log on his shoulders and a character having to try to strip down completely in order to meet the proper weight.

I must say, that those scenes are pretty much the highlight here because this movie has not aged well at all over the past 30 years.

The plot is pretty silly and I’m still surprised that this was even made back then.

The idea is good, but it just wasn’t used to its full potential and therefore this isn’t worth watching for the story.

The 80’s music is another bright spot here, especially with two songs from newcomer Madonna.

I would have expected more from Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino, but fortunately they both have much better movies on their filmographies proving their worth.

Overall, this isn’t very memorable a movie and is pretty mediocre.

Bottom Line – Definitely hasn’t aged well in 30 years.  Enjoyed it much better as a young teen than I did now.  Good idea that just doesn’t work as well as one could hope despite the nostalgia. Great 80’s music!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film includes an appearance by Madonna, her first in a major motion picture, playing a singer at a local bar, where she performs the songs “Crazy for You” and “Gambler”. In some countries, the title of the film was changed to market on Madonna’s emerging fame and the popularity of the song “Crazy for You”. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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3 thoughts on “Vision Quest (1985)

  1. I’ve not seen this in five or six years but I must respectfully disagree. Ronny Cox as the Dad was excellent and the monologue by the short order cook was very moving. Modine is just off center enough to be real. I liked the focus he has through most of the film.

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    • I agree that Ronny Cox is good here (like he always is) and the Pele speech was very poignant, but in general, I just felt this movie to not be as inspirational as I had recalled. Perhaps I’m being stricter because I was so disappointed at my memories.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Rich!

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