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.

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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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