Racing With the Moon (1984)




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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 … More

Rating: PG (adult situations/language, nudity)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Steve Kloves
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 30, 2004
Paramount Home Video


as Henry 'Hopper' Nash

as Nicky / Bud

as Caddie Winger

as Mr. Nash

as Mrs. Nash

as Sally Kaiser

as Mr. Arthur

as Gatsby Boy

as Gatsby Girl

as Soldier with Annie

as Mr. Kaiser

as Mrs. Kaiser

as Gretchen

as Minister

as Mrs. Spangler

as Sailor

as Elmer

as Skating Soldier

as Soldier with Annie

as Michael

as Singer

as Kid in Skating Rink

as Mrs. Winger

as Alice Donnelly

as Mr. Donnelly

as Tattoo Artist

as High School Principa...

as High School Girl

as Arnold Billings

as Baby Face

as Mr. Luzzato

as Girl in Bowling Alle...

as Pool Hall Barman

as Pool Player

as Bill's Shipmate

as Bill's Shipmate

as Bill's Shipmate
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Critic Reviews for Racing With the Moon

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

Very little seems to happen in this social vacuum, and none of it is memorable.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's easy to end a movie with 'I love you,' but it's hard to get there honestly.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

I don't care for Benjamin's way of using death to validate his sentimental themes, but at this point any American movie that can get past the 'I love you's without audience snickers has to be counted a success.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Everyone tries hard, but the movie is essentially superficial and has difficulty sustaining audience interest.

Full Review… | September 16, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for Racing With the Moon

I need to watch this movie again, I barely remember it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

A personal favorite. Now, this is a movie I don't mind seeing every now and then.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

I found this movie boring and uninteresting, but I didn't watch the whole film, so I'd be willing to give it a second look.

Lisa Spader

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