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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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Gatsby Boy
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Gatsby Girl
Bob Maroff ...
Al
Dominic Nardini ...
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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...There was so little time left to learn about life! 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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When director Richard Benjamin first read the screenplay it was so good that he went back and read the whole script again. See more »

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

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Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: Tyrone Power never said fuck 'em.
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Says My Heart
Written by Frank Loesser (as F. Loesser) and Burton Lane (as B. Lane)
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17 July 2005 | by (Ronn Ives/FUTURES Antiques, Norfolk, VA.) – See all my reviews

"Racing with the Moon" (1984): Richard Benjamin directed Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, Elizabeth McGovern, Crispen Glover, Carol Kane, Michael Madsen, Dana Carvey - the list goes on - in this "showcase" film, where lots of talent received a major boost. Set in 1942, only weeks before two best friends ship out with the Marines for World War II, we share intimate, funny, pathetic, sad, frightening, and ambivalent moments with flawed people you really come to believe you know, and deep down just have to like. This is a bittersweet, not sugary, nor hopeless story. It's believable, with the mixed emotions, set in that confusing, frozen summer between child and adulthood. Scoring is appropriate, photography is somewhat contrived in spots, but that's the 80's for you. The "truth" of the story, and the talented actors are why you will appreciate "Racing with the Moon".


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