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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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Caddie Winger
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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
Barbara Howard ...
Bob Maroff ...
Al
Dominic Nardini ...
Soldier with Annie
John Brandon ...
Mr. Kaiser
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Mrs. Kaiser
Suzanne Adkinson ...
Sally Kaiser
Shawn Schepps ...
Gretchen
Charles Miller ...
Arnie
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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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23 March 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adiós a la inocencia  »

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Opening Weekend:

$1,803,432 (USA) (25 March 1984)

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$6,045,647 (USA)
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According to the September 1984 edition of Photoplay (UK) magazine, Sean Penn and Elizabeth McGovern had an "...intimate relationship off-screen during the making of the film. At one time they were living together, but they...split up". See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

Tangerine
by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger
Performed by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra
Vocal by Bob Eberly
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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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