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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
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 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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Opening Weekend:

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

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$6,045,647 (USA)
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Trivia

Nicolas Cage played a a character, Nicky, with a similar first name to his own. Director Richard Benjamin refers to Cage as Nicky on his audio-commentary. 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: [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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References True to the Army (1942) See more »

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My Ideal
by Leo Robin (as L. Robin) , Richard A. Whiting (as R.A. Whitting) and Newell Chase (as N. Chase)
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A Beautiful Coming of Age
11 January 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

We never get to see the two main characters in the movie go to War. This world war 3 setting coming of age drama is not so much about the war over in Japan but the war on the home front. Growing up in 1943 in small town California, searching for love and meaning. Sean Penn is great in his role. Even more, Nicolas Cage is better as his close friend and side kick. Whether for comic relief of ream moments of edgy drama, Cage delivers. Also, a surprise in the movie is the performance of Elizabeth McGovern who is always beautiful. The three quickly discover life as they grow up before the two boys are shipped out to the Pacific. Michael Madsen and Crispin Glover pop into the movie with small roles. A nice movie, I wasn't expecting much until the movie started. It is a guarantee crowd pleaser.


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