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Racing with the Moon (1984)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry 'Hopper' Nash
Nicky / Bud
Mr. Nash
Mrs. Nash
Mr. Arthur, Piano Teacher
Gatsby Boy
Barbara Howard ...
Gatsby Girl
Bob Maroff ...
Dominic Nardini ...
Soldier with Annie
John Brandon ...
Mr. Kaiser
Mrs. Kaiser
Suzanne Adkinson ...
Sally Kaiser
Shawn Schepps ...
Charles Miller ...


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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Release Date:

23 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós a la inocencia  »

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$5,400,000 (USA)

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Carol Kane:  As Annie. See more »


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


Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: Tyrone Power never said fuck 'em.
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Written by Leo Robin (as L. Robin) , Richard A. Whiting (as R.A. Whitting) and Newell Chase (as N. Chase)
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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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