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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 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'S 1943 and they're trying to fit it all in before they have to leave it all behind [Australia Theatrical] See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,045,647
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Henry Nash (Sean Penn)'s nickname was Hopper. The nickname he had for Caddie Winger ('Elizabeth McGovern') was "Gatsby Girl". 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: You drink too much.
Nicky: ME?
Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: Pisses me off, pisses me off badly. Because when you drink too much, it makes your brain soft.
Nicky: [Drunkenly slur-laughing] Lemme, I gotta show you something.
Nicky: [Does an awkward hip-thrust dance] Before I started drinking, I could not do that!
Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: Why would you wanna do that?
Nicky: It gives me pleasure!
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References This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »

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17 July 2005 | by futures-1See all my reviews

"Racing with the Moon" (1984): Richard Benjamin directed Sean Penn, Nicolas Cage, Elizabeth McGovern, Crispen Glover, Carol Kane, Michael Madsen, Dana Carvey - the list goes on - in this "showcase" film, where lots of talent received a major boost. Set in 1942, only weeks before two best friends ship out with the Marines for World War II, we share intimate, funny, pathetic, sad, frightening, and ambivalent moments with flawed people you really come to believe you know, and deep down just have to like. This is a bittersweet, not sugary, nor hopeless story. It's believable, with the mixed emotions, set in that confusing, frozen summer between child and adulthood. Scoring is appropriate, photography is somewhat contrived in spots, but that's the 80's for you. The "truth" of the story, and the talented actors are why you will appreciate "Racing with the Moon".


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