Vision Quest

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Director(s): Harold Becker
Production: Warner Home Video
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


My name's Louden, Louden Swain.

Last week, I turned 18.

I wasn't ready for it.

I haven't done anything yet.

So I made this deal with myself.

This is the year I make my mark.

All right, fellas.

It should be clear to all of us

that we've got the makings

of a championship

squad this year.

Yes, sir! Yes, sir!

As most of you know,

once a week,

we have wrestle-offs

for varsity position.

For you new fellows

who just joined us,

it's the fairest

thing in the world.

Any man who can beat the

number-one man at his weight class

gets to wrestle varsity

at that position.

Anyone who wants to challenge

the number-one man

in his weight class,

raise your hand.

Louden, you're already

number one at 190.

I know. I want to

wrestle off for 178.

What's this sh*t, man?

You dropped to 178?

Stay in your own division.

I ain't giving up my spot.

How did you drop the weight?

Just working out.

Ok. Billy, I want you

to run the skills drill for me.

Louden, I want a word with you.

Ok, guys. Go and

get your headgear

and get paired up, ok?

What's going on?

I want to drop a weight.

Why make life

difficult on yourself?

I'm going to drop

two weights, coach.

I'm serious.

I want to wrestle 168.

Look, it was easy

to drop 12 pounds.

You only had to wring the

water out of your system.

I'm going to wrestle

Shute this year, coach.

Shute? Nobody wants

to wrestle Shute.

Louden, you're out of your mind.

To tell you the truth,

I kind of worry about that.

I'm going to let you wrestle

off against Kuch at 178,

but if he kicks your butt,

I want you to put those

pounds right back on.

All right.

Number-one man,

cross leg single.

All right, on the whistle.

First round.

Come on, Kuch!

Come on, Kuch!

Drive him over!

Arch your shoulder!

another night in any town

you can hear the thunder

of their cry

ahead of their time

they wonder why

the shadows

of a golden age

a generation

waits for dawn

the brave carry on

the bold and the strong

only the young can say

They're free to fly away '

sharing the same desire

burnin' like wildfire

they're seein'

through the promises

and all the lies

they dare to tell

is it heaven or hell

they know very well

only the young can tell...

Elmo, it smells great in here.

I can't believe

they actually pay me

to work here.

Neither can I, kid.

What have we got here?

Two lemon pies and a coffee.

I guess I can handle that.

Did you make your big

announcement yet?

I told the coach

I was down to 178.

He pulled me aside.

I told him the whole story.

Did he sh*t?

Yeah, slightly.

Slightly? You're too much.

Hey, Elmo, you think I'm crazy?

I pretty much have the feeling

that's going to be

the consensus on this.

I don't know.

Is this Shute character

the terror they say he is?

Yeah, he's pretty bad.

Well, in that case,

this might be a move a

reasonable man would avoid.

You could end up

getting crippled.

You think so, huh?

Room service.

Come on in. It's open.

Just put it down.

I'll sign that now.

What is that stuff?

Tai Chi chi... national form

of exercise in China.

I'm going to put your

tip on this, ok?

Can you get a workout that way?

800 million Chinese

can't be wrong.

It's mainly a matter of getting

the mind into the muscles.

I use it when I'm on the road.

It helps me sleep like a baby.


I'm on a 600-calorie-a-day diet,

working out like a madman.

I'm so wired when I hit the

rack, I can't sleep at all.

I lie there for about six hours

thinking about my life and stuff

before I finally drop off.

My name is Kevin.

Louden. Louden Swain.

Let me show you

how it's done, Louden.

It'll help you sleep.

All right.

Stand there. Face this way.

Just sort of catch me

out of the corner of your eyes.

Ok, now breathe in.

Raise the arms.

Keep the movements slow, fluid.

Breathe out.

Shift your weight to the left.

Step onto the right.

Stack your hands over the knee.

Step back to the left.

Move your arms.

Step back to the left.

Stack your arms the other way.

Step out.

I think I got it now.

I'll try it on my own

when I get a chance.

Do you want to come up later?

No. I don't think so.

I got to get home.

I'm in training.

Training, huh? What sport?



I sell sporting goods

for a living.

As a matter of fact,

I carry wrestling shoes.

Just leave the tray by the

door when you're finished.

Hey, Kuch.

You kicked the holy-living

sh*t out of me today.

I guess I was just

really up for it.

Besides, you weren't

at your best.

Only had the worst off-day

of my whole life.

Like I said.

Sh*t. I couldn't beat

you on my best day.

You work there, in that hotel?

Yeah, I deliver room service.

Yeah? You get

any p*ssy that way?

Not yet.

A guy tonight tried to

grab my wad, though.

Kind of actually grabbed it,

if you want to know the truth.

What did you do?

Took off. I was

a little freaked.

Nobody ever tried that before.

Kuch, forget about today.

You'll be wrestling first

in the 178$ before long.

Oh, yeah?

Cut me a clue, man.

How do I do that?

I ain't going to be in

that division too long.

No sh*t?

This is like a gift.

Hey, Kuch never

forgets a gift, man.

Yo, Louden!

Hey, man, where are

you going to be?

I'm dropping down to 168.

I'm going to take on Shute.


Shute's a monster, man.

A genuine teratoid.

Get real.

His father has to

use a live wire

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Darryl Ponicsan

Darryl Ponicsan (; born May 26, 1938) is an American writer. He is best known as the author of the 1970 novel The Last Detail, which was adapted into a 1973 film starring Jack Nicholson. A sequel, Last Flag Flying, based on his 2005 novel of the same name, was released in 2017 and he also co-wrote the screenplay with Richard Linklater. He also wrote the 1973 novel and screenplay Cinderella Liberty, starring James Caan. Ponicsan writes mystery novels under the pen name Anne Argula. more…

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