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Racing with the Moon [DVD] [1984] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Great coming of age drama set in the 1940s in a small town about 2 young men,Henry & Nicky(Sean penn,Nicholas cage)who have enlisted in the marines & are due to be shipped out within weeks.Touching movie which manages to combine drama & heartache whilst also having its funny moments.Both leads are excellent in their roles as is Elizabeth mcgovern who plays Caddie,Henrys girlfriend.
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Arrived promptly and well packaged but just haven't got around to watching it yet.
Saw this on video about 30 years ago and loved it. Never seen it shown on tv so bought it so after all these years could watch again - lets hope not disappointed and I've not been wearing rose tinted specs all this while !

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Just hope my copy is okay to watch - fingers crossed.
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All i can say is that it was worth the 6 years of tracing it down. I wasn't born when it came out and it is a great film
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x998291f8) out of 5 stars 95 reviews
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x990af8c4) out of 5 stars The Rockwellian Facade 15 Oct. 2004
By Deborah Earle - Published on Amazon.com
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Sean Penn, Nicholas Cage, and intelligently beautiful Elizabeth McGovern shine in their early performances in Richard Benjamin's nostalgic look at youthful romances in World War II California.
It has always struck me as ironic that Vaughn Monroe's 1941 hit tune from which this film takes its title was never played during the course of the movie.
But the title does represent the fast-paced lives of two buddies headed for wartime service in the Marines, the pranks they pull, their train jumping, and the girls they encounter.
Sean Penn had one of his best roles as Henry ("Hopper") Nash, a small-town kid who works at a bowling alley and is forced to take piano lessons by his mother (Rutanya Alda). His friend Nicky (Nicholas Cage) has led a life defined by loss, as he has had to bury numerous relatives, including his parents.John Karlen was simple and straightforward as Nash's caring, gravedigger father.
The two young men live in a world that Norman Rockwell could have captured on canvas, which appears perfectly wholesome on the surface, complete with an irascible old man named Elmer (Al Hopen)who habitually whacks Henry with a cane. Presumably, the name "Elmer" was taken from the then-popular song, "Elmer's Tune". It has occured to me that the Italian shoe store owner may have been inspired by another popular Glenn Miller tune, "Papa Niccolini (The Happy Cobbler)".
As Henry acquaints himself with the beautiful newcomer to the town, Cady Winger (a role in which Elizabeth McGovern is mostly calm, serious, but pleasant) they have a magical moment playing "Heart and Soul" at the piano of an abandoned tap room. But Henry is unaware of the fact that although she lives in the large house on the hill that she is the daughter of a maid in that house and not a member of the wealthy family who own it, which causes problems in their relationship later on.
As things heat up between Nicky and his girl Sally (Suzanne Adkinson), we are slowly led into the unseemly underbelly of this Rockwellian facade. Ever since I first saw this movie, I have always felt, however that I could have come up with the name, "Cady Winger" if I'd written the script for it.
Carol Kane has a cameo as the local prostitute, Annie, Schawn Schepps plays Cady's bubbly friend and co-worker, Gretchen, Crispin Glover, a year away from success in the film, "Back to the Future" is an obnoxious rich kid who provokes Henry while he's at work, and David Madsen has a poignant solemnity in his role as the amputee, Frank.
The dark side of an era known for more conservative values reaches its nadir when Henry, Nicky, and Cady take Sally to get an illegal abortion when the irresponsible Nicky refuses to marry her. Hopper, Nicky, and Cady reach a turning point in their relationship afterwards. But soon, all is resolved, and as we watch the two rogues travel out of sight and into an unknown future, we somehow feel that they will look out for each other.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98ed31d4) out of 5 stars Hard to forget and worth owning..even in VHS 20 Jun. 2004
By ABC - Published on Amazon.com
This movie has been a long time favorite of mine though not available on DVD. The story is touching and a particulary poignant look at young men who were raised on patriotism and are headed off to war, a reality of which they know little.
The cinematography and actors make you long for young love and being caught in the rain and in more serious moments you feel the pain and peril of a illegal abortion and how cold and hard it is to dig a grave in Spring.
Elizabeth McGovern is hauntingly beautiful. Penn and Cage show the promise of talent we now consider legendary. On a telling note, Sean Penn's child shares the nickname of his character.
In contrast to another reviewer, I too see this film differently now then I did when I was younger. However, the "skin" and other adult themes added dimensions that expanded for me as I get older.
If you don't buy it at least rent it while you still can!
22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x997258dc) out of 5 stars Trying To Out-distance Fate. 21 Dec. 2001
By Greg McDowell - Published on Amazon.com
Although the superficial theme of this film is young love, the heart of the film is in the subtle ways that Henry (Sean Penn) tries to come to terms with the harsh realities of his impending military service. Henry knows that, in less than a year, he will probably be on some remote Pacific island, fighting one insane Japanese soldier after another to the death. While he has no idea of the horrors to come, he definitely feels a sense of impending doom.
The movie's most telling scene is after Callie (Elizabeth McGovern) is angred by Henry & Nicky (Nicolas Cage) when they make fun of their school's emergency preparedness drill. Callie takes Henry to a veteran's hospital, where she delivers library books to soldiers recovering from amputations (and likely worse). Henry is visibly scared at the sight of these guys, not much older than he is, who will now go through life with a new, horrific perspective.
After the visit, Henry becomes angry with Callie. He shows her - and the audience - that bravado DOES have a place in dealing with impending terror, and that there are many ways to look at the complexities of war. At the end of the film, when both boys jump on the train that may take them to their deaths, the resilience of the human spirit goes with them, and they impart some of their courage to those left standing at the station. A classic film, with a timely message.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9902d614) out of 5 stars A sensitive story, of life�s change, of stolen youth. 25 April 2000
By Eat The Rich Books - Published on Amazon.com
I've always viewed Richard Benjamin as a sensitive, honest filmmaker. Sure, he's made some less-than-great films, but his directorial debut, "My Favorite Year" may be about the funniest film ever made.
Racing with the Moon--the boy, his friend, and the girl--a small town in the Midwest in 1942 and a few weeks before the young men are to be inducted in the service. Their lives will be changed unequivocally, and they will no longer be boys. This is all the time they have left to enjoy the freedom, the carefree wonderment that is youth.
Steven Kloves first produced script (later The Fabulous Baker Boys) is right on target with smart roles for three young stars. Sean Penn had Taps, and Fast Times behind him, and was his career was flourishing, Nick Cage had done Valley Girl, and Birdy, but would languish for ten more years, before achieving stardom, and Elizabeth McGovern, who's wonderful as Caddie Winger, is still waiting her just recognition.
Benjamin was born and raised in New York City, but his age is appropriate to our main characters. I'm sure he smiled, over and over as he recalled his own youth. His heart is in Racing with the Moon, and its worth your time, to go back for a moment, and enjoy those times.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x994f945c) out of 5 stars A classic 4 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is my favorite movie of all time. It has gone largely unrecognized, despite appearances from actors who have since reached enormous popularity. The beauty of this film lies partly in its lack of pretention. For those who are touched by the complexities of everyday life, you are sure to appreciate this film. From its suggestive title to its profound storyline, "Racing with the Moon" is a treasure. Revel in the emotion this movie magically movie evokes. Surely, those willing to relate intensely to a scene or scenes, as they spark distant and porfound memorories, will appreciate the artistry of this work. This film amalgamates every aspect of life and youth -- from its sweet innocence to its harsh and painful truths, without a hint sensationalism. This is a realistic, imaginative, and touching story which anyone who has an emotional soul will appreciate.
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