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Risky Business (1983)

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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:
Mr. Goodsen
Mrs. Goodsen
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 <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 »


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

5 August 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Negocios riesgosos  »

Box Office


$6,200,000 (estimated)


$63,500,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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At Joel's brothel party the song "Swamp" by the Talking Heads plays in the background. The song contains the phrase "Risky Business". See more »


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 »


[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)
Performed by Prince
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
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She's In Product, He's In Sales
11 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Risky Business and All The Right Moves are the two films that launched Tom Cruise's career as brat pack film star. Unlike so many of his contemporaries from the Eighties, he's proved to have staying power and will no doubt continue to do so.

All The Right Moves established Cruise as a dramatic actor, but Risky Business is a fun comedy about a hormone driven teenager who when the folks go away from his Chicago suburban home and he's left to play, he gets himself in all kinds of problems. First dialing up call girl, Rebecca DeMornay and then not having enough coin of the realm to pay her. Then getting mom's treasured glass egg stolen. And then getting the family car driven into Lake Michigan.

But Cruise and DeMornay, who is having trouble with her pimp Joe Pantoliano, hit on the brilliant idea that there's a market out there for his group of eager overachievers. And Tom's house becomes quite the swinging brothel.

Risky Business turns out to be pretty funny business. Best scene in the film involves Tom with Princeton interviewer Richard Mazur. You've got to love the way this boy gets into the Ivy League. Second best scene involves Tom and the family car as it plunges into the lake and then gets hoisted out.

Tom's definitely proved to have staying power in show business. I can see his character in Risky Business growing up to be Jerry Maguire.

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