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Racing with the Moon (1984)

In 1942 California, two young men await induction into the U.S. Marines and say goodbye to their girlfriends.

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Nicky / Bud
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Mr. Nash
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Mrs. Nash
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Mr. Arthur, Piano Teacher
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Gatsby Boy
Barbara Howard ...
Gatsby Girl
Bob Maroff ...
Al
Dominic Nardini ...
Soldier with Annie
John Brandon ...
Mr. Kaiser
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Mrs. Kaiser
Suzanne Adkinson ...
Sally Kaiser
Shawn Schepps ...
Gretchen
Charles Miller ...
Arnie
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Storyline

Henry and Nicky are small town pals from blue collar families with only a short time before they ship off to World War II. Henry begins romancing new-to-town Caddie Winger, believing her to be wealthy. Mischievious and irresponsible, Nicky gets into trouble which forces the other two to become involved, testing their relationship, as well as the friendship between the boys. Written by David Fowler

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It was 1943...There was so little time left to learn about life! See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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23 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós a la inocencia  »

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Box Office

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$5,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie was Richard Benjamin's only second feature film as a director. Benjamin was hired before his first film, My Favorite Year (1982), had even been released. See more »

Goofs

While sitting at a table talking with Henry, we see Nicky (Nicolas Cage) light a cigarette by striking a match on the back of a matchbook, however in 1942 matchbooks were front-strike until a new regulation in 1973 deemed front-strike too dangerous. See more »

Quotes

Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: [referring to a billiards player] He's good.
Nicky: How good?
Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: A lot better than he was five minutes ago.
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Connections

References True to the Army (1942) See more »

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Paramount on Parade
by Elsie Janis (as E. Janis) and Jack King (as J. King)
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Raciing with the Moon is quite an enjoyable romance-comedy-drama taking place at a peaceful coastal town during World War II
3 November 2015 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

After over 30 years of only reading about this movie, I finally watched it yesterday on a DVD that I borrowed at the library a few weeks ago. Taking place during World War II, Sean Penn and Nicholas Cage play a couple of late teens who try to live life to the fullest before they join the Marines. Penn develops a relationship with Elizabeth McGovern who he thinks may be a "Gatsby Girl". Cage's character is involved with a girl named Sally who ends up in an unfortunate situation. I'll stop there and just say there's quite a compelling mix of drama, romance, and comedy that keeps one watching and enjoying nearly every minute that happens during the whole movie. This being only Richard Benjamin's second film as director-after My Favorite Year-he really handles Steve Kloves' material sensitively enough that one is touched even during parts that seem to threaten to get a little too much on the sentimental side though still somewhat believable. Really, all I'll say now is I highly recommend Racing with the Moon.


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