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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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Bob Maroff ...
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...There was so little time left to learn about life! See more »

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23 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Adiós a la inocencia  »

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$5,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Michael Madsen's missing lower right leg from the war was created by putting a hole in the hospital bed, putting the leg through it, and covering the thigh with bandage to create the illusion of a lost leg from the war. See more »

Goofs

While sitting at a table talking with Henry, we see Nicky (Nicolas Cage) light a cigarette by striking a match on the back of a matchbook, however in 1942 matchbooks were front-strike until a new regulation in 1973 deemed front-strike too dangerous. See more »

Quotes

Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: Tyrone Power never said fuck 'em.
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References This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »

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Moonlight Becomes You
by Johnny Burke (as J. Burke) and Jimmy Van Heusen (as J. Van Heusen)
Performed by Bing Crosby
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great actors in bitter sweet romance
9 December 2016 | by See all my reviews

It's 1942. Henry 'Hopper' Nash (Sean Penn) and Nicky (Nicolas Cage) are small town best friends drafted into the Marines. With deployment weeks away, they work at the local bowling alley setting pins and chase girls. Hopper is infatuated with rich newcomer Caddie Winger (Elizabeth McGovern) but she's secretly the maid's daughter. Nicky gets Sally Kaiser pregnant and needs $150 for the abortion. Hopper and Nicky get beaten by Navy sailors after trying to hustle them playing pool. Hopper asks Caddie for the money.

The first half is a slow coming-of-age romance. The second half takes some more intense turns. The problem is that Sally don't have much screen time before then. The movie doesn't invest that much in her plight. This is about Hopper and Caddie. Ultimately, it's a device to get at their own story. It's nice to see these great actors in their youth and there is a bitter sweet romance here.


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