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Risky Business (1983)

R  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel's Father
Joel's Mother
Chuck (as Kevin C. Anderson)
Sarah Partridge ...
Nathan Davis ...
Business Teacher
Scott Harlan ...
Stan Licata


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 <>

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There's a time for playing it safe and a time for Risky Business. See more »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 August 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Negocios riesgosos  »

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$6,200,000 (estimated)


$63,500,000 (USA)

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At Joel's brothel party the song "Swamp" by the Talking Heads plays in the background - one line of the song contains the phrase "Risky Business". See more »


When Joel is the den talking to the college admissions guy Lana walks into the room and closes the door behind her. We see her long, blond hair swing around in the upper right of the screen. But an instant later we see that all her hair is tucked up into a black hat. See more »


[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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Written by Prince (uncredited)
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Vastly underrated Sign 'o' the Times
29 October 2004 | by (Utrecht, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Underrated (I): Cruise (Joel Goodson) is highly amusing as one of his most feared "career moves" might become harsh reality: University of Illinois - here he is! Excellent movie providing an accurate, contemporary image of the eighties. Well to do family all shook up by low class intruders of various kinds. Underrated (II): the importance of the exhilarating music for this movie, providing a perfect match - between dreamy Techno (Tangerine Dream) and "that old time rock 'n roll" (Seger, The Police, Phil Collins, Muddy Waters, Bruce Springsteen). The relationship with De Mornay is amazingly vibrant - the dialogue sharp and cheerful. Everlasting oneliners everywhere. The impression this movie made here in Europe (is that what American highschool life is really about?) can hardly be overrated.

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