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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
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Al
Dominic Nardini ...
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Mrs. Kaiser
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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'S 1943 and they're trying to fit it all in before they have to leave it all behind [Australia Theatrical] 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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One of five movies released in 1984 scored by composer Dave Grusin. See more »

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Right before the fight scene in the bowling alley, Gatsby Boy bowls a strike. However, when Hopper charges down the alley after him, the 7 pin is shown still standing. See more »

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Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: Tyrone Power never said fuck 'em.
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Heart and Soul
Written by Hoagy Carmichael (as H. Carmichael ) and Frank Loesser (as F. Loesser)
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Very likable, but benign...
19 November 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Coming-of-age piece set in small town America during WWII. Sean Penn has seldom been so youthfully exuberant and amiable playing a young working-class man about to go off to war, finding love for the first time with a sweet lass he presumes is wealthy ("a Gatsby girl"). Richard Benjamin's direction is sensitive and breezy, and Elizabeth McGovern is a good romantic match for Penn (though sometimes she talks down to him, like a big sister might). Nicolas Cage is also fine as Sean's goof-off buddy, yet the slim screenplay hasn't enough meat on its bones and the middle portion of the film goes around in circles. The period flavor has been captured with non-showy flair, and Penn's exceptional performance is winning, making the film a nearly-satisfying nostalgic drama. *** from ****


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