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      Racing With the Moon

      PG Released Mar 23, 1984 1h 48m Romance List
      60% Tomatometer 10 Reviews 61% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings In their last weeks before deployment to World War II as Marines, teenage friends Henry Nash (Sean Penn) and Nicky (Nicolas Cage) try to make the best of the time they have left in their small California town. When Nash spots Caddie Winger (Elizabeth McGovern), a new girl in town he mistakenly believes to be wealthy, he sets about winning her over. But the good times are ruined when Nicky finds himself trying to solve a serious predicament, and implicating Nash and Caddie in the process. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Time Out Very little seems to happen in this social vacuum, and none of it is memorable. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times It's easy to end a movie with 'I love you,' but it's hard to get there honestly. Rated: 3.5/4 Oct 23, 2004 Full Review Vincent Canby New York Times An exceptionally appealing movie about subjects you may think you've already had enough of -- growing up, first love and the shouldering of arms and other responsibilities. Rated: 4/5 May 20, 2003 Full Review TV Guide Everyone tries hard, but the movie is essentially superficial and has difficulty sustaining audience interest. Rated: 2.5/4 Sep 16, 2008 Full Review Jake Euker F5 (Wichita, KS) Rated: 2/5 Feb 25, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com A sentimental view of small-town life in WWII, in which the railroads and train station are just as important as the human characters. Rated: B Oct 31, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Steve D Breaks no new ground but does its job. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 08/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Simple character study of 2 young men waiting to go to war and the troubles they get into before being called up. Penn gives a mature yet subtle performanace as Hopper Nash as a yound man who falls in love for the first time and always needing to bail out his screwball friend (Cage). Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review adam b A good drama that adds a bit of humor and romance to make a fully engaging film. Also, Sean Penn and Nicholas Cage work really well with each other Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Charmingly undervalued and underrated coming of age film. Sensitively acted and directed film which packs an emotional punch at its climax. Beautiful film score by Dave Grusin. Still stirs deep emotions 35 years after I first saw it. Production Values and massive budgets are not always key to making meaningful and poignant cinematic statements. This is proof that a good story with good actors and a sensitive ensemble can deliver a classic even if its under the radar. Kudos to director Richard Benjamin who I first remember as an actor in the Sunshine Boys with George Burns and Walter Matthau. I never knew how MUCH I liked this film until I saw it again after so much time. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The best romance movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member A movie about not that much, and about everything - when young men try to suppress the realization they soon will be marching to possible oblivion ... in 1942, before the war had begun to turn. The cast is great, young ones whose stars were just beginning to rise in the West. Elizabeth McGovern, the girl of one's dreams. And interesting to see Penn playing the straight one, the stand-up anti-eternal-Spicoli guy. But there you have it. Richard Benjamin could've cut the movie 10-mins shorter and probably it would've been even better, benefiting from better pacing. But it's still good. The '80's were a good time for a certain kind of movie ... like this one - the John Hughes era maybe ... before the cell phone & a twitter'verse started snarking & claiming lives. | Norm de Guerre Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In their last weeks before deployment to World War II as Marines, teenage friends Henry Nash (Sean Penn) and Nicky (Nicolas Cage) try to make the best of the time they have left in their small California town. When Nash spots Caddie Winger (Elizabeth McGovern), a new girl in town he mistakenly believes to be wealthy, he sets about winning her over. But the good times are ruined when Nicky finds himself trying to solve a serious predicament, and implicating Nash and Caddie in the process.
      Director
      Richard Benjamin
      Producer
      Alain Bernheim, John Kohn
      Screenwriter
      Steve Kloves
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 23, 1984, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2011
      Runtime
      1h 48m
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