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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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Richard Benjamin

Writer:

Steve Kloves
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Crispin Glover ... Gatsby Boy
Barbara Howard Barbara Howard ... Gatsby Girl
Bob Maroff Bob Maroff ... Al
Dominic Nardini Dominic Nardini ... Soldier with Annie
John Brandon ... Mr. Kaiser
Eve Brent ... Mrs. Kaiser
Suzanne Adkinson Suzanne Adkinson ... Sally Kaiser
Shawn Schepps ... Gretchen
Charles Miller Charles Miller ... Arnie
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adiós a la inocencia See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Bragg, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,803,432, 25 March 1984

Gross USA:

$6,045,647

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,045,647
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The shots in which Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage stand in on the railroad tracks with the train coming toward them were done with a large mirror positioned on the track, the camera shooting into it rather than the oncoming locomotive, to give the illusion that the train is actually coming toward them when the train is actually on a set of tracks nearby. See more »

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Right before the fight scene in the bowling alley, Gatsby Boy bowls a strike. However, when Hopper charges down the alley after him, the 7 pin is shown still standing. See more »

Quotes

Nicky: Hey, it's the train. Touch the rail with your shoe, you can feel it. Let's race it like when we were kids.
Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: We're drunk.
Nicky: Who cares, I want to race it
Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: We'll get killed.
Nicky: No, we won't. No, we won't! This train's an old friend, it would never hurt us. Here she comes. Come on, Hopper! Race with me. Race with me! Race with me... Race with me, Hop!
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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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Very likable, but benign...
19 November 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Coming-of-age piece set in small town America during WWII. Sean Penn has seldom been so youthfully exuberant and amiable playing a young working-class man about to go off to war, finding love for the first time with a sweet lass he presumes is wealthy ("a Gatsby girl"). Richard Benjamin's direction is sensitive and breezy, and Elizabeth McGovern is a good romantic match for Penn (though sometimes she talks down to him, like a big sister might). Nicolas Cage is also fine as Sean's goof-off buddy, yet the slim screenplay hasn't enough meat on its bones and the middle portion of the film goes around in circles. The period flavor has been captured with non-showy flair, and Penn's exceptional performance is winning, making the film a nearly-satisfying nostalgic drama. *** from ****


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