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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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Actress Kate Williamson Dies at 82
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Actress Kate Williamson Dies at 82
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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 Matthews ... Sailor (voice)

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
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
Jain Lemos .... location manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
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The film's "Racing with the Moon" title was very similar to the earlier movie "The Raging Moon" [Long Ago, Tomorrow (1971)] whose title was derived from a phrase in a Dylan Thomas poem. The likeness ends there with the title, as the stories of both movies are completely different, except for romantic themes.See more »
Anachronisms: The railroad cars behind the steam locomotive are too new for the era the movie is supposed to portray (1940s).See more »
Movie Connections:
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Coming of Age in Wartime America, 5 July 2014
Author: atlasmb from United States

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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