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Racing with the Moon Details


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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Sean Penn
as Henry "Hopper" Nash
Elizabeth McGovern
as Caddie Winger
Nicolas Cage
as Nicky
John Karlen
as Mr. Nash
Rutanya Alda
as Mrs. Nash
Suzanne Adkinson
as Sally Kaiser
Kate Williamson
as Mrs. Winger
Shawn Schepps
as Gretchen
Michael Talbott
as Bill
Sue Allen
as Singer
Patricia Allison
as Mrs. Spangler
Arnold Johnson
as Tattoo Artist
Gerry Gibson
as High School Principal
Victor Rendina
as Pool Hall Barman
Jan Rabson
as Sailor
Bob Maroff
as Al
Al Hopson
as Elmer
Dana Carvey
as Baby Face
Shane Kerwin
as R.D.
Scott McGinnis
as Michael
Ted Grossman
as Skating Soldier
Steve Lambert
Fielding Greaves
as Mr. Donnelly
Walter Matthews
as Sailor
Crispin Glover
as Gatsby Boy
Page Hannah
as High School Girl
Carol Kane
as Annie
Michael Madsen
as Frank
Lou Butera
as Pool Player
Arlin Miller
as Minister
Max Showalter
as Mr. Arthur


Richard Benjamin
Sherry Lansing
John Kohn
Stanley Jaffe
Art Levinson
Alain Bernheim
Steve Kloves
Book Author
Steve Kloves
John Bailey
Dave Grusin
Composer (Music Score)
Jacqueline Cambas
Art Levinson
Associate Producer
Jerry Wunderlich
Set Designer
Jerry Jost
Sound/Sound Designer
William S. Beasley
First Assistant Director
Steve Lambert
Al Laverde
Key Grip