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Vision Quest 1985

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Matthew Modine (Full Metal Jacket, Memphis Belle) stars as a high school wrestler trying to shed 23 pounds in a dangerously short time and take on the undefeated, tough as nails 168-pound champion, who's the best wrestler in the state.

Starring:
Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino
Runtime:
1 hour, 47 minutes

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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.
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Format: DVD
...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.
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'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.
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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.
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By A Customer on December 20, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
On the surface, this is the story of a high school wrestler. But the story goes so much deeper. While I, like many others, were drawn to this movie because of the wrestling theme, I found it to be an amazing story about growing up, and about life as a teenager in America. The book was better, but the film takes you through a full range of emotions and leaves you feeling good at the end.
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Format: DVD
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!
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"We think we know the story pretty well already: Young wrestler has two dreams: (a) to win the state championship, and (b) to win the love of a girl. The defending state champion is a man-mountain who carries telephone poles to the top of stadiums.... " credited to Roger Ebert on 2/15/1985.

Long ago, this was the very first film I took my soon-to-be fiance (and now wife of going on 29 years) to see at the local theater. Had enough action/sports to entertain me and enough romance/drama to interest her which means we were both left happy. If 4 out of 5 people are liking the movie according to my favorite film review site "Rotten Tomatoes" and Roger Ebert (whom I've always respected) gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars I would think that qualifies as a winner. For that reason I thought I'd surprise her on her birthday and give it to my wife for a gift so we can relive some memories. A good movie with a great soundtrack and one I would recommend, too!
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