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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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Caddie Winger
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Mr. Nash
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Mr. Arthur
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Gatsby Boy
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Bob Maroff ...
Al
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Soldier with Annie
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Mrs. Kaiser
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Sally Kaiser
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Gretchen
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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 was 1943. And young men were counting the days before they went off to war. See more »

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23 March 1984 (USA)  »

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Adiós a la inocencia  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$6,045,647
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Henry Nash (Sean Penn)'s nickname was Hopper. The nickname he had for Caddie Winger ('Elizabeth McGovern') was "Gatsby Girl". See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou: Tyrone Power never said fuck 'em.
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References This Gun for Hire (1942) See more »

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Moonlight Becomes You
by Johnny Burke (as J. Burke) and Jimmy Van Heusen (as J. Van Heusen)
Performed by Bing Crosby
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Very likable, but benign...
19 November 2006 | by See 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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