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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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Al
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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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The movie's two male leads, Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage, had both about a couple of years earlier, previously appeared in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). 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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Great Acting
12 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had not even heard of this movie until I caught it yesterday on one of the movie channels. A real delight. It's not heavy, there is no horrible lows or extreme highs. It's steady-paced and its significance will mean something different to each viewer. In fact, I thought it was an adaptation of a movie because it feels like a literary work, one in which you feel yourself analyzing the meaning of this or that. At its core though, it's essentially a coming of age story, not really a lot more than that.

By far, the movie's best selling feature is the acting. Simply superb, from all parties, especially Penn and McGovern. Sean Penn is really likable in this role, sweet and endearing. You almost forget what you know of him later on,how political and intense he really is in his real life. But that's what superb actors do--they make you forget what you know about them personally and force you to accept whatever character they're offering on the screen. I also thought Elizabeth McGovern played her role seamlessly. She and Penn are great together. Nicholas Cage also shines, but not as brightly as the two main characters.

This movie is pleasant and delightful, but not all that memorable. It won't leave a huge indelible impression on you. It will just make you feel good for a few hours, then you'll be on to the next thing, maybe even forgetting about the movie. So I can see how it wasn't a smash hit and how it has flown under so many people's radar. Star Wars it ain't. But a quality piece of cinema it most definitely is.

One small quarrel I will offer before closing. I would like to know how the powers that be negotiated the movie down from an R-rating to PG. There is nudity and language that does not fit PG criteria. I smell a payoff of some sort. Hmmm

Anyway, see this film on a lazy afternoon, even add it to your DVD collection for those times when you just want to feel good. It is worthy.

7/10


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