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Risky Business -- A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand.
Risky Business -- 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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Writer:
Paul Brickman (written by)
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Release Date:
5 August 1983 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
A Chicago teenager is looking for fun at home while his parents are away, but the situation quickly gets out of hand. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Coming of age and male fantasy call girl flick. See more (144 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Cruise ... Joel Goodsen

Rebecca De Mornay ... Lana

Joe Pantoliano ... Guido

Richard Masur ... Rutherford

Bronson Pinchot ... Barry

Curtis Armstrong ... Miles

Nicholas Pryor ... Joel's Father

Janet Carroll ... Joel's Mother

Shera Danese ... Vicki

Raphael Sbarge ... Glenn

Bruce A. Young ... Jackie

Kevin Anderson ... Chuck (as Kevin C. Anderson)
Sarah Partridge ... Kessler
Nathan Davis ... Business Teacher
Scott Harlan ... Stan Licata
Sheila Keenan ... Nurse Bolik
Lucy Harrington ... Glenn's Girlfriend
Jerry Tullos ... Derelict on Train
Jerome Landfield ... Kessler's Father

Ron Dean ... Detective with Bullhorn

Bruno Alexander ... Mechanic (as Bruno Aclin)
Robert Kurcz ... Service Manager
Jonathan Chapin ... Kid at Gas Station
Jimmy Baron ... Kid at Window
Harry Teinowitz ... Kid at Party

Francine Locke ... Shower Girl
Ann Cole ... Call Girl
Candace Collins ... Call Girl
Elizabeth Curran ... Call Girl
Jill DeVries ... Call Girl (as Jill De Vries)
Debra Dulman ... Call Girl
Joyce Hazard ... Call Girl
Kerry Hill ... Call Girl

Megan Mullally ... Call Girl
Lora Staley ... Call Girl
Vivian Victor ... Call Girl
Fern Persons ... Lab Teacher
Cynthia Baker ... Test Teacher
Wayne Kneeland ... Russell Bitterman (as Wayne C. Kneeland)
Jade Gold ... Evonne Williams
Dana Balkin ... Girl in Nurse's Office
Karen Grossman ... Hall Marshall
Brett Baer ... Howie Rifkin
Vinny Argiro ... Mr. Rents Salesman
Eric Minsk ... Wimpy Kid

Mike Genovese ... Rent-All Man (as Michael Genovese)
Steven Charous ... Softball Player
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Brown ... Swat Team Leader (uncredited)

Jason Gedrick ... Extra at Party (uncredited)

Anne Lockhart ... Babysitter (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Sean Penn ... Cameo (uncredited)
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Directed by
Paul Brickman 
 
Writing credits
Paul Brickman (written by)

Produced by
Jon Avnet .... producer
James O'Fallon .... associate producer
Steve Tisch .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tangerine Dream 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees 
Reynaldo Villalobos 
 
Film Editing by
Richard Chew 
 
Casting by
Nancy Klopper 
 
Production Design by
William J. Cassidy 
 
Set Decoration by
Ralph Hall 
 
Costume Design by
Robert De Mora  (as Robert de Mora)
 
Makeup Department
Ilona Bobak .... hair stylist
Lillian Toth .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jeffrey Harstedt .... post-production supervisor
John G. Wilson .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerry Grandey .... first assistant director
Richard H. Prince .... second assistant director
Jane Siegel .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jack E. Ackerman .... property master
Dominic Contursi .... lead man
Phil Contursi .... set dresser
William Dambra .... assistant property master
Richard Dean Rankin .... construction coordinator (as Richard Rankin)
Barb Schuppert .... set dresser (as Barbara Schuppert)
 
Sound Department
Fred J. Brown .... sound effects editor
David E. Campbell .... sound re-recording mixer
Juno J. Ellis .... assistant sound editor
Alfred T. Ferrante .... sound recordist
Kurt Kreutz .... boom operator
John T. Reitz .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Rudloff .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gregg C. Rudloff)
Michele Sharp .... sound effects editor
Scott D. Smith .... sound mixer (as Scott Smith)
Fred Stafford .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
Steve Purcell .... special effects
 
Stunts
Steve M. Davison .... utility stunts
Rick Le Fevour .... utility stunt driver (as Rick LeFevour)
Reid Rondell .... stunt double: Joel
Joe Shapiro .... stunt driver
Rick Le Fevour .... driving double: Tom Cruise (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Bartels .... best boy grip
Kelly R. Borisy .... grip
Ted Churchill .... panaglide photographer
Daniel Crededio .... electrician
Eugene F. Crededio .... best boy electric (as Gino Crededio)
John D. Crededio .... gaffer (as John Crededio)
George Kohut .... camera operator
Gene L. Koterwski .... electrician
Michael M. Krevitt .... key grip
Peter Kuttner .... first assistant camera
Ross A. Maehl .... gaffer
Robert McLain .... dolly grip (as Bob McLain)
Mike Moyer .... best boy electric (as Mike G. Moyer)
Mark Simon .... second assistant camera
Jim Taylor .... still photographer
Michael Kohnhorst .... first assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Calvin Maehl .... chief lighting technician (uncredited)
Timothy W. Tiedje .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ilene Giardini .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Albert Coleman .... second assistant film editor
Howard Heard .... first assistant film editor
David Solomon .... second assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Curt Sobel .... music editor
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Armand Paoletti .... transportation co-captain
James Riccio .... transportation coordinator (as James A. Riccio)
 
Other crew
Rick Ardrey .... office personnel
Carol Chacamaty .... secretary to producers
Freddie Dawson .... office personnel
Richard Feld .... location manager (as Richard J. Feld)
Jeffrey Lampert .... office personnel
Barbara Pieters .... production accountant
Nancy Rae Stone .... production secretary
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Nancy Willen .... unit publicist
Cynthia Lea Clark .... nurse (uncredited)
Ross L. Kulma .... key paramedic (uncredited)
Tom Lackey .... location scout (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
99 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Finland:K-14 | Germany:16 (1983) | Iceland:14 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | Sweden:11 | UK:18 | USA:R (No. 27107)

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Trivia:
Cameo: [Sean Penn]as the man sitting in the passenger seat as Joel first takes the Porsche for a spin. The cameo was a favor for director Paul Brickman.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Lana is running across the lawn, she's barefoot, but in the very next scene, when you see her running from behind, she's wearing heels.See more »
Quotes:
[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...
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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Coming of age and male fantasy call girl flick., 17 June 2001
Author: djexplorer from Manhattan

Rebecca De Mornay at 21 is fabulous as the savvy call girl for any teen boy to die for -- or for that matter any red blooded male of any age. She enters the film gliding silently into the back yard entrance of his parent's off-the-lake Chicago house, and after speaking only a few words, something like "are you ready for me Joel", artistically slips off her demure little slip of a dress, back arched to him, one leg kneeled in the window seat, presses her bottom into him, silently invites him to take her, and then turns, melts into him, kissing him in apparent yielding passion. This is immediately followed by cut scenes to multiple positions in multiple locations around the house. It's a perfect male fantasy of what paid for wild but romantic sex might be like (however unrealistic). It's also undoubtedly Joel's (Cruse's) first time. What an initiation.

The movie never gets that hot again (although the scene enacting Lana's "thing about trains" gets close). But it does become increasingly interesting as a first rate coming of age flick. Actually, it's a bit more than that. It explores the tension between the self disciplined deferred gratification he and has friends have all been taught they need for upper middle class success, versus the let loose sexual and other risk taking he knows is out there, some other people are doing, and wishes he could get away with. How far can a nice upper middle class boy go without throwing it all away? That risky business is what the film is all about.

Tom Cruz is perfect as the dutiful but less than gifted "future enterpriser" high school senior who's always had to work a little harder and stick more to the straight and narrow to try to live up to his parents' expectations -- without quite getting there. Although he was about the same age as De Mornay when they made the film, Cruz looks and acts a thoroughly convincing boyish 16 or 17. De Mornay's Lana is an iconic bad girl hooker of the naturally toney and perhaps feeling variety -- although about the last we're never entirely sure. She remains ultimately an enigma, beyond Cruz's and our full grasp, but not beyond his connecting with. Sadly, her first major role was probably her best -- although certainly not her only good one.

Cruz may be "on the right track", but it's De Mornay's Lana who knows everything about sex, life, taking risks, and living on the edge. She seduces Cruz into turning his parents' home into a bordello, to tap the money to be made by mingling his kind of friends with her kind of friends for a night, while she is hiding out from her "manager", and he has been left to "act responsibly" while his parents are away on a business trip. The scene where the Princeton alumnus interviewer, whom his dad has contacted to try to help finesse his "not quite Ivy League transcript", comes to the house to interview Cruz on the night the bordello party is in full swing, is deliciously funny and at the same time full of nervous tension. Cruz's character is on the brink of disaster, and then in fact clearly has thrown away a good part of his future opportunities -- or has he?

It's a delicious movie -- especially for males raised in seriously high academic achievement oriented families. Every good boy would love to call a Lana sometime -- and get away with it.

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