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Racing with the Moon Details


[[Performer~P106027~Sean Penn~seanpenn]] 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 [[Performer~P47478~Elizabeth McGovern~elizabethmcgovern]], whom he assumes is from a wealthy family. Penn's pal [[Performer~P10155~Nicolas Cage~nicolascage]], who's gotten his girlfriend [[Performer~P377~Suzanne Adkinson~suzanneadkinson]] 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 [[Performer~P377~Adkinson~suzanneadkinson]]. The plot is pure [[Performer~P18134~James Dean~jamesdean]], a fact not lost on fans who regarded [[Performer~P106027~Sean Penn~seanpenn]] 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 [[Performer~P81388~Richard Benjamin~richardbenjamin]]'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
Kate Williamson
as Mrs. Winger
Suzanne Adkinson
as Sally Kaiser
Shawn Schepps
as Gretchen
Michael Talbott
as Bill
Gerry Gibson
as High School Principal
Jan Rabson
as Sailor
Carol Kane
as Annie
Shane Kerwin
as R.D.
Dana Carvey
as Baby Face
Michael Madsen
as Frank
Ted Grossman
as Skating Soldier
Steve Lambert
Al Hopson
as Elmer
Patricia Allison
as Mrs. Spangler
Scott McGinnis
as Michael
Max Showalter
as Mr. Arthur
Bob Maroff
as Al
Arnold Johnson
as Tattoo Artist
Fielding Greaves
as Mr. Donnelly
Sue Allen
as Singer
Lou Butera
as Pool Player
Victor Rendina
as Pool Hall Barman
Crispin Glover
as Gatsby Boy
Page Hannah
as High School Girl
Walter Matthews
as Sailor
Arlin Miller
as Minister


Richard Benjamin
Art Levinson
Stanley Jaffe
John Kohn
Alain Bernheim
Sherry Lansing
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