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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Henry 'Hopper' Nash
... Caddie Winger
... Nicky / Bud
... Mr. Nash
... Mrs. Nash
... Mr. Arthur
... Gatsby Boy
Barbara Howard ... Gatsby Girl
Bob Maroff ... Al
Dominic Nardini ... Soldier with Annie
John Brandon ... Mr. Kaiser
... Mrs. Kaiser
Suzanne Adkinson ... Sally Kaiser
Shawn Schepps ... Gretchen
Charles Miller ... Arnie
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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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23 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Adiós a la inocencia  »

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$1,803,432, 25 March 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,045,647
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The movie's two male leads, Sean Penn and Nicolas Cage, had both about a couple of years earlier, previously appeared in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). See more »

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The railroad cars behind the steam locomotive are too new for the era the movie is supposed to portray (1940s). See more »

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Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: Tyrone Power never said fuck 'em.
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Easy Living
by Ralph Rainger (as R. Rainger) and Leo Robin (as L. Robin)
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A Beautiful Coming of Age
11 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

We never get to see the two main characters in the movie go to War. This world war 3 setting coming of age drama is not so much about the war over in Japan but the war on the home front. Growing up in 1943 in small town California, searching for love and meaning. Sean Penn is great in his role. Even more, Nicolas Cage is better as his close friend and side kick. Whether for comic relief of ream moments of edgy drama, Cage delivers. Also, a surprise in the movie is the performance of Elizabeth McGovern who is always beautiful. The three quickly discover life as they grow up before the two boys are shipped out to the Pacific. Michael Madsen and Crispin Glover pop into the movie with small roles. A nice movie, I wasn't expecting much until the movie started. It is a guarantee crowd pleaser.


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