Film: Vision Quest

Vision Quest is a 1985 drama film, based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Terry Davis. The film was directed by Harold Becker, and starred Matthew Modine and Linda Fiorentino.

18-year-old Louden Swain (Modine) is a high-school wrestler living with his divorced father (Ronny Cox) in Spokane, Washington. He is determined to beat a rival wrestler named Shute, if only he had to lose 23 pounds in order to maintain his goal. Meanwhile, a 21-year-old drifter from New Jersey named Carla (Fiorentino) meets Louden after her car was out of fuel, so he decides to let her stay at his house for a few weeks. The two start to become romantically involved, as the romance threatens to pin Louden's dreams to the mat of unrequited love.

While only marginally successful at the box office, the film has received a small cult following thanks to its cast and soundtrack, which contains the hit songs "Crazy for You" by Madonna and "Only the Young" by Journey. Madonna herself even made a cameo in the movie, playing a singer at a bar.


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