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Risky Business (1983)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  5 August 1983 (USA)
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A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.

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A suburban Chicago teenager's parents leave on vacation, and he cuts loose. An unauthorised trip in his father's Porsche means a sudden need for lots of money, which he raises in a creative way. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Joel had all the normal teenage fantasies...cars, girls, money. Then his parents left for a week, and all his fantasies came true. [UK Theatrical] See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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5 August 1983 (USA)  »

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Risky Business  »

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$6,200,000 (estimated)

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$63,500,000 (USA)
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The sunglasses Joel wears are the Ray-Ban Wayfarer model. Annual sales of Wayfarers were languishing as of 1983 but skyrocketed 2000% after the movie's release. See more »

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The last item that Guido sells back to Joel is the glass egg. When Vicki trows the egg from the back of the truck, she is standing next to the flower print couch, still in the truck. In the very next shot of Joel, the couch is now sitting on the lawn. When he then goes to catch the egg, he jumps on the couch and then over to the piano. See more »

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[first lines]
Joel Goodson: [voiceover] The dream is always the same. Instead of going home, I go to the neighbors'. I ring, but nobody answers. The door is open, so I go inside. I'm looking around for the people, but nobody seems to be there. And then I hear the shower running, so I go upstairs to see what's what. Then I see her; this... girl, this incredible girl. I mean, what she's doing there I don't know, because she doesn't live there... but it's a dream, so I go with it. "Who's there?" she says. "Joel,"...
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Mannish Boy
Written by Bo Diddley (uncredited), Melvin London (uncredited), and Muddy Waters (uncredited)
Performed by Muddy Waters
Provided courtesy of Blue Sky Records/Distributed by CBS Records
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Take this for what it is
5 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

People, regardless of positive or negative reviews, take this movie too seriously. They try to connect this film with society today, the greed for money and power. This movie was released in 1983, just watch it for the great film that it is, a classic.

Sure this film focuses on issues at hand, but it's not meant to. Also, this film is enjoyable for what it is, and many other films have taken ideas from this film which might be why the ratings are low, but keep in mind this was released before those.

Tom Cruise does great as he usually does, but he's near his prime in this film. I enjoyed it, as well as the script and the dialogue. It was witty, unpredictable, and enjoyable.

Try not to associate American politics and economics with this film, otherwise you'll be expecting a deeper plot and a more suitable ending.


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