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Racing with the Moon (1984)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  23 March 1984 (USA)
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In 1942 California, two young men await induction into the U.S. Marines and say goodbye to their girlfriends.

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Henry 'Hopper' Nash
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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
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Gatsby Girl
Bob Maroff ...
Al
Dominic Nardini ...
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Mrs. Kaiser
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Sally Kaiser
Shawn Schepps ...
Gretchen
Charles Miller ...
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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. And young men were counting the days before they went off to war. 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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$5,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Nicolas Cage played a a character, Nicky, with a similar first name to his own. Director Richard Benjamin refers to Cage as Nicky on his audio-commentary. See more »

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The railroad cars behind the steam locomotive are too new for the era the movie is supposed to portray (1940s). See more »

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Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: Tyrone Power never said fuck 'em.
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Says My Heart
Written by Frank Loesser (as F. Loesser) and Burton Lane (as B. Lane)
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A Wonderful Sleeper
29 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have introduced this movie to many of my friends, as it seems no one has really seen it, or heard of it, but it is truly Wonderful and whenever I get anyone to watch they always agree.

A beautiful, bittersweet look at those touching, heart wrenching times in the 40's as the war was beginning and so many young men willingly went to trenches. I love the setting, California along the pacific coast, such extraordinary scenery. Sean Penn in this movie changed the way I looked at him, I realized his depth and sensitivity here. I have loved him ever since.

I have always loved anything about the 40's and this movie offers it up in spades. From the movie theaters, the roller rink, the side jobs every one had,to the shoes Caddie desires, this movie really captures that era. The bowling alley is priceless. Nicholas Cage does an incredible job here, much more so than the overblown, self-conscious acting he acquires later.

Movies I really like all have one thing in common, details. All the little details and extra touches in this movie make it special. From the pool room scene (nerve-racking) to the abortion scene to the treasure map scene, there are so many wonderful moments in this movie I am astonished it did not get more recognition. But I am a fan of movies that move slow and allow you to absorb the characters and background and plot. I hate car chases and fight scenes.

This movie is about people and emotion and feeling and should be a must see for those who care about those sorts of things.


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