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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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  (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 .... 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 .... re-recording mixer (as William McCaughey)
Mel Metcalfe .... re-recording mixer
Terry Porter .... 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?

The movie was originally in development at another Hollywood studio whereupon, due to budgetary concerns, the project got moved to Paramount Pictures.See more »
Anachronisms: 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 »
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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
References True to the Army (1942)See more »
TangerineSee more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Sensitive and Wonderful Coming of Age Story, 17 January 2012
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the Christmas of 1942, in Point Muir, California, the seventeen years-old Henry "Hopper" Nash (Sean Penn) is the best friend of the reckless Nicky (Nicolas Cage), who dates the local Sally Kaiser (Suzanne Adkinson). Henry and Nicky have enlisted themselves in the U.S. Marines and they are waiting to be summoned to travel very soon.

When Henry sees the gorgeous Caddie Winger (Elizabeth McGovern), he has a crush on her and follows Caddie to find where she lives. He discovers that her address is a fancy manor on the top of the hill and Henry believes she is a wealthy teenager while she is actually the daughter of the maid.

Sooner Caddie and Henry date each other and they fall in love with each other. Meanwhile Sally gets pregnant and Nicky needs a large amount for an abortion. They try to raise the money and when Nicky is desperate, he takes an attitude that will test his friendship with Henry.

"Racing with the Moon" is a sensitive and wonderful coming of age story. This film is the second feature of Richard Benjamin that shows an excellent work of direction giving the right doses of drama, romance and humor to the story.

Sean Peen and Nicholas Cage give credibility to their irresponsible characters and the lovely Elizabeth McGovern is so beautiful that mesmerizes when the camera shows her beautiful face and eyes. The costumes and art direction are also fantastic and only yesterday I saw this film for the first time on DVD. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Adeus à Inocência" ("Farewell to the Innocence")

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