Vision Quest

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Vision Quest
Vision Quest (1985 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Harold Becker
Produced by Jon Peters
Peter Guber
Screenplay by Darryl Ponicsan
Based on Vision Quest
by Terry Davis
Starring
Music by Tangerine Dream
Cinematography Owen Roizman
Edited by Maury Winetrobe
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • February 15, 1985 (1985-02-15)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $13 million

Vision Quest (released in the UK and Australia as Crazy for You) is a 1985 American coming-of-age drama film starring Matthew Modine, Linda Fiorentino and Ronny Cox. It is based on Terry Davis' novel Vision Quest.[1] Modine plays a Spokane high school wrestler who falls in love with an older woman, an aspiring artist from New Jersey on her way to San Francisco. 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".[2]

Plot[edit]

Louden Swain is a high-school wrestler who has just turned 18 and decided that he needs to do something truly meaningful in his life. He embarks on a mission to drop two weight classes to challenge the area's toughest opponent, Garry Shute, a menacing three-time state champion from nearby rival Hoover High School, who has never been defeated in his high school career. In his zeal to drop from 190 pounds to 168 pounds, against the wishes of his coach and teammates, he disrupts the team around him and creates health problems of his own.

Meanwhile, his father has taken on a boarder named Carla from Trenton, New Jersey, passing through on her way to San Francisco. Though she is older, Louden falls in love with her and begins to lose sight of his goals as a wrestler. Worse, his drastic weight loss culminates in an unhealthy situation in which he gets frequent nosebleeds due, Louden claims, to a lack of iron in his diet (which costs him a match that he should have won). The two finally admit their love for each other, but Carla realizes she is distracting him from his goals. She decides to move out and continue on to San Francisco, but not before seeing Louden's big match in which he pins Shute in the final seconds with a lateral drop.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Production took place in Spokane, Washington, in the fall of 1983.[citation needed] The film was shot at Rogers High School in northeast Spokane, referred to as "Thompson High School" in the film.[3] Interior cafeteria scenes were filmed at Ferris High School on Spokane's South Hill. Some of the locker room scenes were filmed in the boys' locker room of Shadle Park High School in northwest Spokane. Madonna's scene was filmed at the Big Foot Tavern on North Division Street in Spokane.[4] Other scenes were shot at The Onion Restaurant downtown and the North Central High School gym.

Reception[edit]

The film had moderate success in theaters in the U.S. in 1985, earning a gross of $13 million. It has received a rating of 54% at Rotten Tomatoes[5] and has become a cult classic.[6]

Soundtrack[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[7]

The soundtrack to the motion picture was released by Geffen Records on February 12, 1985; it was renamed Crazy for You in some countries such as Australia and the UK due to the new popularity of pop singer Madonna and her song "Crazy for You".

The soundtrack does not include "No More Words" by Berlin, nor the background instrumental music by Tangerine Dream, which was released on the fan project Tangerine Tree 73: Soundtrax.

The album peaked at #11 in the Billboard charts.[8]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)PerformerLength
1."Only the Young"Journey4:01
2."Change"Holly KnightJohn Waite3:14
3."Shout to the Top!"Paul WellerThe Style Council4:18
4."Gambler"MadonnaMadonna3:54
5."She's On the Zoom"Don Henley3:18
6."Hungry for Heaven"Dio4:12
7."Lunatic Fringe"Tom CochraneRed Rider4:20
8."I'll Fall in Love Again"Sammy HagarSammy Hagar4:11
9."Hot Blooded"Foreigner4:24
10."Crazy for You"Madonna4:08
Total length:40:24

Potential remake[edit]

In 2009, interest in a remake was generated after Taylor Lautner of Twilight fame expressed interest. E! News claimed a script existed which Lautner reportedly approved.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Encyclopedia of Sports Films". 
  2. ^ "Madonna as Postmodern Myth". 
  3. ^ "The Spokesman-Review - Google News Archive Search". 
  4. ^ "The Spokesman-Review - Google News Archive Search". 
  5. ^ "Vision Quest". 15 February 1985. 
  6. ^ Loukides, Kaitlin (January 23, 2016). "Spokane to host Vision Quest 30th anniversary". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved November 4, 2017. 
  7. ^ Henderson, Alex. "Vision Quest [Original Soundtrack] > Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Vision Quest [Original Soundtrack] - Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved August 27, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Taylor Lautner dans un remake de Vision Quest". LaPresse.ca (in French). Relaxnews. 4 January 2010. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. 

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