What's the Difference between Vision Quest the Book and Vision Quest the Movie?


Vision Quest

Released: 1980
Author: Davis, Terry

Vision Quest

Released: 1985
Director: Becker, Harold
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In the Book In the Movie
Louden Swain
Louden Swain
Portrayed by: Matthew Modine
Portrayed by: Linda Fiorentino
Gene Tanneran
Mr. Tanneran
Portrayed by: Harold Sylvester
Kuchera (Kuch)
Kuchera (Kuch)
Portrayed by: Michael Schoeffling
Louden's Dad
Louden's Dad
Portrayed by: Ronny Cox
Coach Rata
Portrayed by: Charles Hallahan
Jean-Pierre Baldosier
Portrayed by: Forest Whitaker
Otto Lafte
Portrayed by: Gary Kasper
Gary Shute
Brian Shute
Portrayed by: Frank Jasper
Portrayed by: J. C. Quinn
Thurston Reilly (paper editor)
Margie Epstein
Portrayed by: Daphne Zuniga
Cindy Callus (Mr. Louden's gf)
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Vision Quest Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Louden's mother had health problems due to her long delay in getting a hysterectomy. When she finally did so and her health improved, she started a new life with another man, divorcing Louden's dad. Louden stayed on good terms with his mom, he sees and talks to her at times. Louden's mother left the family for another man. Louden is bitter about the divorce. He doesn't like to talk about her.
   The book takes place mostly in 1976-77. Louden is 17-18 years old. The present day setting of the book spans two weeks with numerous flashbacks. It is set in the present day of 1985. The actor portraying him is older (26) when the movie was made.
   At the start of the book Carla has been living with Louden and his dad for over a year. She has a job and is staying in Spokane long term. Carla is 19 years old when she moves in. Louden and his dad meet Carla at the beginning of the movie. She is older.
   Carla bought a car from the dealer Louden's dad works for, it was a lemon. Louden's dad assaulted the salesman and was later sued. He then borrowed money to open up his own Honda dealership in the Spokane area which he still owns in the present. Louden's dad is looking for a job after being fired for assaulting the salesman.
   Carla left her home in Chicago after she lost her new born baby. She was still lactating when she moved into the Swain home. Louden's dad loaned her money for minor surgery. Nothing about these events.
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