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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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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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Gatsby Boy
Barbara Howard ...
Gatsby Girl
Bob Maroff ...
Al
Dominic Nardini ...
Soldier with Annie
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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 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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Box Office

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

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$6,045,647 (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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Connections

References This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Tangerine
by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger
Performed by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra
Vocal by Bob Eberly
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Touching, well-observed slice-of-life
26 November 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Unlike most Hollywood movies that must be pigeonholed into categories--comedy, drama, romance--this movie dared to be all of these. And it dared to be low-key, without large, manufactured tragedies or plot hooks. Rather, it had the elegiac mood and idiosyncratic details of a fine short story, with its characters neither good nor bad but human, their lives honestly and touchingly observed by a sensitive screenwriter and director.


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