Racing with the Moon

Racing with the Moon

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


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/2020
UPC: 0032429352484
Original Release: 1984
Rating: PG
Source: Paramount
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 9,662

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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