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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. 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...There was so little time left to learn about life! 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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The movie was Richard Benjamin's only second feature film as a director. Benjamin was hired before his first film, My Favorite Year (1982), had even been released. 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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Soundtracks

Moonlight Becomes You
by Johnny Burke (as J. Burke) and Jimmy Van Heusen (as J. Van Heusen)
Performed by Bing Crosby
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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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