Racing with the Moon
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  • Racing with the Moon

Racing with the Moon

Director: Richard Benjamin

Cast: Richard Benjamin, Sean Penn, Elizabeth McGovern, Nicolas Cage

     
 

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Sean Penn graduated to full stardom with the 1984 drama Racing with the Moon, even though the film itself hardly set new box office records. Set in the early years of World War II, the film stars Penn as a small-town teen-aged hotshot, six weeks away from being shipped out to fight overseas. In the meantime, Penn begins to date Elizabeth McGovern, whom heSee more details below

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Sean Penn graduated to full stardom with the 1984 drama Racing with the Moon, even though the film itself hardly set new box office records. Set in the early years of World War II, the film stars Penn as a small-town teen-aged hotshot, six weeks away from being shipped out to fight overseas. In the meantime, Penn begins to date Elizabeth McGovern, whom he assumes is from a wealthy family. Penn's pal Nicolas Cage, who's gotten his girlfriend Suzanne Adkinson pregnant, imposes upon Penn to hit up McGovern for the abortion money. That's when Penn discovers that the girl barely has a penny to her name. Convinced that Penn cared for her only when he thought she was rich, McGovern walks out on him, but later teams up with Penn to help the unfortunate Adkinson. The plot is pure James Dean, a fact not lost on fans who regarded Sean Penn as the second coming of Dean. A very slight piece, Racing With the Moon is buoyed by the engaging performances of the stars, and by director Richard Benjamin's meticulous attention to period detail-especially in those peerless bowling-alley and skating-rink sequences.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Richard Benjamin's moodily nostalgic film on young love in the WWII era is a light, lyrical valentine to the period, featuring an excellent cast. The first produced script of the talented 24-year-old Steve Kloves, it has such modest intentions for its familiar story, and unfolds it with such charm, that it's difficult to resist. Charm is not a word one associates with Sean Penn, but the caring, sensitive teenager he plays so well makes his instant appeal for Elizabeth McGovern's putative rich girl easy to accept. Nicolas Cage has the thankless role of Penn's self-absorbed friend, but it's less his personality than the pointless and distracting subplots in which the film enmeshes him that make him so annoying. Benjamin shows a surprising restraint, keeping some distance between actors and camera, and allowing scenes to develop at a natural pace. His sense of period detail is also a plus here, especially in the hilarious bowling sequence and the game of pool. While perhaps not the weightiest of films, it grace and innate respect for its characters make it a pleasure that's impossible to dismiss.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/2004
UPC:
0097360166842
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:48:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Richard Benjamin; "Racing With the Moon" The Story - The People; The Making Of "Racing With the Moon"; "Racing With the Moon" - The Story Goes On; Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 surround; Dolby Digital English mono; Dolby Digital French mono; English subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Penn Henry "Hopper" Nash
Elizabeth McGovern Caddie Winger
Nicolas Cage Nicky
John Karlen Mr. Nash
Rutanya Alda Mrs. Nash
Suzanne Adkinson Sally Kaiser
Kate Williamson Mrs. Winger
Shawn Schepps Gretchen
Julie Philips Alice Donnelly
Michael Talbott Bill
Phil Adams Actor
Steve Lambert Actor
Walter Matthews Sailor
Arlin Miller Minister
Chuck Picerni Bill's Shipmate
Jan Rabson Sailor
Victor Rendina Pool Hall Barman
Dominick Nardini Soldier with Annie
Sue Allen Singer
Fielding Greaves Mr. Donnelly
Phillip Romano Bill's Shipmate
Max Showalter Mr. Arthur
Crispin Glover Gatsby Boy
Barbara Howard Gatsby Girl
Bob Maroff Al
John Brandon Mr. Kaiser
Eve Brent Ashe Mrs. Kaiser
Charles Miller Arnie
Patricia Allison Mrs. Spangler
Hopson Elmer
Ted Grossman Skating Soldier
Scott McGinnis Michael
Arnold Johnson Tattoo Artist
Gerry Gibson High School Principal
Page Hannah High School Girl
Shane Kerwin R.D.
Jonathan Charles Fox Arnold Billings
Michael Madsen Frank
Dana Carvey Baby Face
Victor Paul Pool Hall Barman
Lou Butera Pool Player
Carol Kane Annie

Technical Credits
Richard Benjamin Director
John Bailey Cinematographer
William S. Beasley Asst. Director
Alain Bernheim Producer
Jacqueline Cambas Editor
Garry J. Elmendorf Special Effects
Dave Grusin Score Composer
Stanley Jaffe Producer
Jerry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Kloves Screenwriter
John Kohn Producer
Steve Lambert Stunts
Sherry Lansing Producer
Art Levinson Associate Producer
Pat Norris Costumes/Costume Designer
David Snyder Production Designer
Jerry Wunderlich Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Hopper [:04]
2. Double With Sally [3:25]
3. Who Is She? [2:40]
4. The Set Up [5:54]
5. Christmas Eve [2:37]
6. Danny's Tap Room [4:01]
7. It's January! [1:33]
8. Bird of Freedom [7:08]
9. Trains and Fast Lanes [5:58]
10. Some Kind of Lesson [5:34]
11. Gatsby Girl [8:16]
12. First One to 100 [1:22]
13. Hard Questions [2:36]
14. That's Some Business [4:58]
15. Confrontations [1:27]
16. Each Other's Company [6:51]

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