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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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...There was so little time left to learn about life! 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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1.85 : 1
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David Graf turned down a role in this movie, in order to work on Police Academy (1984). 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: [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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by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger
Performed by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra
Vocal by Bob Eberly
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Sensitive and Wonderful Coming of Age Story
17 January 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the Christmas of 1942, in Point Muir, California, the seventeen years-old Henry "Hopper" Nash (Sean Penn) is the best friend of the reckless Nicky (Nicolas Cage), who dates the local Sally Kaiser (Suzanne Adkinson). Henry and Nicky have enlisted themselves in the U.S. Marines and they are waiting to be summoned to travel very soon.

When Henry sees the gorgeous Caddie Winger (Elizabeth McGovern), he has a crush on her and follows Caddie to find where she lives. He discovers that her address is a fancy manor on the top of the hill and Henry believes she is a wealthy teenager while she is actually the daughter of the maid.

Sooner Caddie and Henry date each other and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile Sally gets pregnant and Nicky needs a large amount for an abortion. They try to raise the money and when Nicky is desperate, he takes an attitude that will test his friendship with Henry.

"Racing with the Moon" is a sensitive and wonderful coming of age story. This film is the second feature of Richard Benjamin that shows an excellent work of direction giving the right doses of drama, romance and humor to the story.

Sean Peen and Nicholas Cage give credibility to their irresponsible characters and the lovely Elizabeth McGovern is so beautiful that mesmerizes when the camera shows her beautiful face and eyes. The costumes and art direction are also fantastic and only yesterday I saw this film for the first time on DVD. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Adeus à Inocência" ("Farewell to the Innocence")

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