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Risky Business (1983)

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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Chuck (as Kevin C. Anderson)
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Stan Licata
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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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Meet the model son who's been good too long. See more »

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5 August 1983 (USA)  »

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$6,200,000 (estimated)

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$63,500,000 (USA)
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In a 2009 interview with the A.V. Club, Bronson Pinchot said his strongest memory of working with 20-year-old Tom Cruise on this film was that (in Pinchot's words), "he was tense and made constant, constant unrelated homophobic comments, like, 'You want some ice cream, in case there are no gay people there?' I mean, his lingo was larded with the most . . . there was no basis for it. It was like, 'It's a nice day, I'm glad there are no gay people standing here.' Very, very strange." See more »

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Guido charges toward the girls as they run toward Joel's house. In the next frame Guido is standing back where he was before he started running. See more »

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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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My Heart Tells Me
Music by Harry Warren (uncredited)
Performed by The Living Strings
Conducted by Johnny Douglas
Courtesy of RCA Records
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There is no business like the ho business...
24 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In a rich Chicago suburban neighbourhood Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) strives to fulfil his parents' Princeton goal, enlisting into an entrepreneur competition in order to better his resume. Coming-of-age comes about when his parents leave on a two week vacation, having him to cope for himself. After being hyped up by his friend Miles (Curtis Armstrong), Joel decides to invite an exclusive call-girl Lana (Rebecca De Mornay). After a fiery night Joel turns out to lack enough money to pay for the service, which soon leads to the situation to spiral out of control...

Still charming and entertaining with an absolutely volcanic De Mornay igniting the screen, "Risky Business" does however lack the timeless commentary of "The Graduate", while loses in wit and development to the quasi-remake "The Girl Next Door". Basically just another teen-movie with style to share, straight-forward, not flashy, but extremely effective. The main strengths still lie in the more artistic, creative sequences, like a brilliantly executed train sex scene. Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay captivate throughout making it a still likable, but by no means meaningful movie.


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