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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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Mr. Arthur, Piano Teacher
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Gatsby Boy
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Gatsby Girl
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Al
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Sally Kaiser
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Gretchen
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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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23 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Adiós a la inocencia  »

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$5,400,000 (USA)
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Richard Benjamin once said of this movie: "The film is about the loss of innocence of three friends. The three leading characters have one foot in adulthood. It is that passionate, intense confused time before becoming adults, a time when everything burns brighter in youth - even in wartime". See more »

Goofs

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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References True to the Army (1942) See more »

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Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
by Don Raye (as D. Raye) and Hugh Prince (as H. Prince)
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Coming of Age in Wartime America
5 July 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Henry (Sean Penn) and Nicky (Nicholas Cage) are best friends who attend high school together. It's 1942 and all of life seems like a prelude to their induction into the Marines. They share all the adventures of young men on the threshold of adulthood. But Nicky is irresponsible, never seeming to consider the consequences of his actions.

Henry meets Caddie (Elizabeth McGovern), a classmate who lives in a nice house on a hill. In this coming of age story, Henry finds that he has adult feelings for Caddie. She helps teach him about life's consequences.

I know some viewers are not fans of Sean Penn, Nicholas Cage or Elizabeth McGovern, so any one of them in a cast might discourage someone from viewing this film. Personally, I am a fan of Elizabeth McGovern. And I have seen excellent performances from the two men, even if I do not embrace the body of their work. In "Racing with the Moon", each of them is well suited for his part. I think most who appreciate period pieces like "Stand by Me" or "The Summer of 42" will enjoy this film.

With direction by Richard Benjamin, RWTM really captures the feeling of the times, when America was so enveloped by patriotism and somewhat naïve about its place in the world. In just three more years, the worldview would change with the advent of nuclear weaponry. The music in the film really helps create the tone of the times. I enjoyed this film, particularly because of the relationship between the two young lovers.


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