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    I saw a thread about the movie Pinned, which I had not heard of so I decided to start a thread about wrestling movies. I'm working on getting some info up on the movies that I've seen. If I miss one then let me know and I'll add it. Or ad it in a post on this thread and I'll add it to this post.

    Vision Quest
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    Vision Quest (1985)
    FILM: RITES OF YOUTH IN 'VISION QUEST'

    By VINCENT CANBY
    Published: February 15, 1985
    MOVIES are not like people who, if they're basically nice and decent, can be liked even if they're not very stimulating company. Movies of that order wear one down. They demand attention without giving much in return - amiability is not enough.

    This is ''Vision Quest,'' which is not a science-fiction film, as you might think, but a low-keyed, sincerely acted coming-of-age movie about Louden Swain (Matthew Modine), a high school wrestler who's just turned 18 and is obsessed equally by losing his virginity and winning a match against Shute (Frank Jasper), the toughest wrestler in the state.

    To this end, Louden must lose 23 pounds to qualify for Shute's weight class, which means a rigid schedule of exercise and diet that, in turn, leads to such physical strain you suspect that ''Vision Quest'' is going to turn into a sentimental teenage death movie.

    It doesn't. It doesn't touch any unexpected bases at all.

    Mr. Modine, tall and lanky with the kind of boyish charm that Gary Cooper carried well through middle age, is becoming one of the best - and busiest - young movie actors of his generation, as he is demonstrating currently in ''Birdy'' and ''Mrs. Soffel.'' ''Vision Quest,'' which opens today at the Criterion and other theaters, isn't a one-man show. The other members of the cast are almost as good, but there's something very dim about the sum of their work.

    Harold Becker (''Taps,'' ''The Onion Field'') directed Darryl Ponicsan's screenplay, adapted from a novel by Terry Davis, set, as is the film, in Spokane, Wash. The supporting characters include Louden's affable father (Ronny Cox); a pretty young woman named Carla (Linda Fiorentino), who teaches Louden about sex; Louden's best friend Kuch (Michael Schoeffling), a wrestler who fancies the hair-cut of an Indian brave, and, briefly, Louden's grandfather (Roberts Blossom).

    The entire film builds toward Louden's match with the ferocious Shute, a sequence that should have the excitement of a horse race but is something of an anti-climax. The finer points of honest wrestling - as opposed to the choreographed grunting and groaning of professional wrestling - are fairly subtle and I, at least, never shared the suspense of the match with the characters in the film because I hadn't a clue as to which one was ahead. Only the scoreboard knew.

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    VISION QUEST, directed by Harold Becker; screenplay by Darryl Ponicsan, based on a novel by Terry Davis; director of photography, Owen Roizman; film editor, Maury Winetrobe; music by Tangerine Dream; produced by Jon Peters and Peter Guber; released by Warner Bros. At Criterion, Broadway and 45th Street; Manhattan Twin, 59th Street east of Third Avenue and other theaters. Running time: 108 minutes. This film is rated R. Louden SwainMatthew Modine CarlaLinda Fiorentino KuchMichael Schoeffling Louden's FatherRonny Cox TanneranHarold Sylvester CoachCharles Hallahan ElmoJ.C. Quinn Margie EpsteinDaphne Zuniga KevinR.H. Thomson
    Takedowns and Falls
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    Every autumn thousands of wrestlers throughout Pennsylvania begin their seasons with the dream of making it to the PIAA State Championships. Few ever make it and even less win. But, for all who try, the journey to obtain the most elusive titles in high school wrestling is one of dedication, pain, sacrifice, failure and triumph.

    Takedowns and Falls is a documentary film that tells the story of a group of Pennsylvania teens and their relationships within a high school wrestling team on a journey to attain a state championship. It chronicles a season of the Central Dauphin Rams in Harrisburg, PA and highlights the sacrifice of its athletes, the commitment of their families and the dedication of its coaches. Inspired by their love of the sport and their coaches, this group of teens grows up before our eyes, in an attempt to over achieve and do the impossible. Takedowns and Falls explores themes of humility, family, friendship and teamwork via individual and team efforts to win a state title. The film transcends the sport and becomes a story about people over coming odds, and appeals to a wide audience. Takedowns and Falls is Spellbound meets Friday Night Lights for high school wrestling, taking place in the U.S. Mecca for the sport.

    It is a story, and film, that captures life-lessons that all people can share and learn from. Audiences will witness the characters go about their days, their lives captured and portrayed honestly, on and off the mat, and finding the parallels between the two.

    The film shows the the dedication to practice, conditioning and diet that wrestling demands and how this commitment to the sport plays itself out in both winning and losing. The athletes, coaches, and parents, learn and mature from both failure and triumph.
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