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Racing with the Moon -- Artfully directed by Richard Benjamin, Racing with the Moon is a film so tender, so insightful, so full of heart that you'll never quite forget it.


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Release Date:
23 March 1984 (USA) See more »
It was 1943...There was so little time left to learn about life! See more »
In 1942 California, two young men await induction into the U.S. Marines and say goodbye to their girlfriends. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Movie about Ordinary People See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sean Penn ... Henry 'Hopper' Nash

Elizabeth McGovern ... Caddie Winger

Nicolas Cage ... Nicky / Bud

John Karlen ... Mr. Nash

Rutanya Alda ... Mrs. Nash

Max Showalter ... Mr. Arthur, Piano Teacher

Crispin Glover ... Gatsby Boy
Barbara Howard ... Gatsby Girl
Bob Maroff ... Al
Dominic Nardini ... Soldier with Annie
John Brandon ... Mr. Kaiser

Eve Brent ... Mrs. Kaiser
Suzanne Adkinson ... Sally Kaiser
Shawn Schepps ... Gretchen
Charles Miller ... Arnie
Patricia Allison ... Mrs. Spangler
Al Hopson ... Elmer
Ted Grossman ... Skating Soldier
Scott McGinnis ... Michael
Brian Trumbull ... Kid in Skating Rink

Kate Williamson ... Mrs. Winger
Julie Philips ... Alice Donnelly
Fielding Greaves ... Mr. Donnelly
Arnold Johnson ... Tattoo Artist
Kevin Fraser ... Marine
Gerry Gibson ... High School Principal
Page Hannah ... High School Girl
Shane Kerwin ... R.D. guy at Bowling Alley
Jonathan Charles Fox ... Arnold Billings

Michael Madsen ... Frank

Dana Carvey ... Baby Face
Victor Rendina ... Mr. Luzzato

Rebecca Pollack ... Girl in Bowling Alley
Victor Paul ... Pool Hall Barman
Lou Butera ... A Pool Player

Michael Talbott ... Bill
Phil Adams ... Bill's Shipmate
Chuck Picerni Jr. ... Bill's Shipmate (as Charlie Picerni Jr.)
Philip Romano ... Bill's Shipmate
Arlin Miller ... Minister at Funeral (voice)
Jan Rabson ... Sailor (voice)
Walter Mathews ... Sailor (voice) (as Walter Matthews)

Carol Kane ... Annie the Hooker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Calkin ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Steven Lambert ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Patrick McGaughy ... Bit Part (uncredited)

Michael Schoeffling ... Amputee Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Benjamin 
Writing credits
Steve Kloves (written by)

Produced by
Alain Bernheim .... producer
John Kohn .... producer
Art Levinson .... line producer
Original Music by
Dave Grusin 
Cinematography by
John Bailey 
Film Editing by
Jacqueline Cambas 
Nicholas James 
Casting by
Wallis Nicita  (as Wally Nicita)
Production Design by
David L. Snyder 
Art Direction by
Joe Wood  (as Joseph Wood)
Set Decoration by
Jeannine Oppewall 
Jerry Wunderlich 
Costume Design by
Patricia Norris 
Makeup Department
Lillian Barb .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist
Production Management
Art Levinson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William S. Beasley .... first assistant director
Duncan Henderson .... second assistant director (as Duncan S. Henderson)
Art Department
Matty Azzarone .... assistant property master
Nigel A. Boucher .... props (as Nigel Boucher)
Frank L. Brown .... props
Pat O'Connor .... property master (as Patrick O'Connor)
Jerry Wunderlich .... set dresser
Sound Department
Chris Carpenter .... sound re-recording mixer
Doreen A. Dixon .... adr editor
Dody Dorn .... foley editor
Dennis Drummond .... sound effects editor
Robert Grieve .... supervising sound editor
J. Paul Huntsman .... adr editor
Jerry Jost .... sound recordist
William Manooch .... sound mixer
William L. McCaughey .... sound re-recording mixer (as William McCaughey)
Mel Metcalfe .... sound re-recording mixer
Terry Porter .... sound re-recording mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Rod Rogers .... assistant sound editor
Pat Suraci .... boom operator
Michael Tomack .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Garry Elmendorf .... special effects (as Garry J. Elmendorf)
Richard L. Calkins .... stunts
Pat Green .... stunts (as Patrick Green)
Steven Lambert .... stunts
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts
Victor Paul .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Apger .... second assistant camera (as Robert W. Apger)
Michael W. Blymyer .... electrician
Len Hekel .... still photographer
Al LaVerde .... key grip
Ronald W. McLeish .... gaffer
George R. Schrader .... dolly grip
Philip D. Schwartz .... first assistant camera
Robert M. Stevens .... camera operator
Ty Suehiro .... grip
Allen Daviau .... director of photography: additional photography (uncredited)
Elliot Davis .... camera operator: additional photography (uncredited)
Randall Robinson .... first assistant camera: additional photography (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jered Green .... wardrober: men (as Jered Edd Green)
Nancy McArdle .... wardrober: women
Editorial Department
Mary Andrews .... assistant editor
Donn Aron .... apprentice editor
Bob Noland .... color timer
Michael Oleksinski .... apprentice editor
Ginny Parillo .... negative cutter
Location Management
Jain Lemos .... location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Else Blangsted .... music editor
John Charles .... additional orchestrator
Billy May .... orchestrator
Dennis S. Sands .... music recordist
Jon Charles .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Howard A. Small .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Bruce Bahrenburg .... publicist
Carolyn Bauer .... assistant to director
Lou Butera .... pool technical advisor
Richard L. Calkins .... animal handler
Dan Curry .... title designer
Lois Kramer Hartwick .... technical advisor
Jim Kosner .... technical advisor: Mendocino
Toni Lemos .... coordinator: Mendocino
Dennis Maguire .... production assistant
Michael McGrath .... bowling technical advisor
Jeanne Mickelson .... production assistant
Elaine Rockett .... assistant to producer
Sara Romilly .... assistant to producer
Dan Roth .... adr voice
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Chriss Strauss .... assistant to producer
Tom Wells .... production assistant
Dan Levinson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Actress Elizabeth McGovern worked on this picture pretty much back-to-back after finishing principal photography on Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America (1984).See more »
Factual errors: 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 we front-strike until a new regulation in 1973 deemed front-strike too dangerous.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Movie about Ordinary People, 19 November 2013
Author: romanorum1 from Rhode Island, United States

This film is a coming-of-age story focusing on two teens in their final weeks at their quaint home town of Pont Muir, California (really Ft. Bragg/Mendocino) before their 1943 military induction. Henry "Hopper" Nash (Sean Penn), son of a gravedigger, is bright, sensitive, and cultured. His best friend, Nicky (Nicholas Cage), although not unintelligent, is reckless and self-destructive. Although he does not really play pool, he likes to hustle sailors at that table-game. Both Hopper and Nicky like to hitch rides on passing trains. Hopper meets Caddy Winger (Elizabeth McGovern) when he purchases tickets from her at the local movie house. He thinks she is rich ("She's a Gatsby!"), but in reality she is the daughter of a maid who is employed by a rich family at a mansion "on the hill." They date and soon fall in love. Nicky also has a girlfriend, Sally Kaiser (Suzanne Adkinson), whom he does not always treat well.

"Racing with the Moon" beautifully captures the setting of a west coast town in the winter of 1942-1943. Nice period sets include the roller skating rink, the soda fountain, and the bowling alley with pin-boys. The feature carefully develops the characters of teenagers and honestly tells their story of early love. The storyline may not always be pretty, as Sally becomes pregnant and Nicky's attitude is not the best. However there is not a false note in the movie. Some of the popular songs include "Tangerine," "Heart and Soul," and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."

Beyond the film lies a lingering question as mankind is currently engaged in the greatest, most destructive war in its history. Assuming that both boys taste combat and are placed in similar situations, and knowing about their individual characters, whom do you think has the better chance of returning home in 1945?

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