Risky Business (1983) Poster


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In an effort for Tom Cruise to look more "teenage" in appearance, the producers of Risky Business (1983) put him though an unusual bit of physical training. Cruise worked out seven days a week, in order to lose ten pounds. Once that had been accomplished, he immediately ceased working out and ate extremely fatty foods in order to add a layer of baby fat. This is how he achieved that "fresh-faced" teenage look.
The dance scene where Joel dances to "Old Time Rock N' Roll" was completely improvised. In the script Tom Cruise was simply instructed to "dance to rock music".
The sunglasses Joel wears are the Ray-Ban Wayfarer model. Annual sales of Wayfarers were languishing as of 1983 but skyrocketed 2,000 percent after the movie's release. This film and The Blues Brothers (the 1980 film and its SNL skits) have contributed to the popularity of the Wayfarers since.
In the DVD commentary, Diane Lane says that Tom Cruise got the script for the film while shooting The Outsiders (1983) and had asked Lane to audition for the role of Lana. Her father later told the producers there was "no way his daughter was playing a twenty-something hooker".
Among the actors who auditioned for the role of Joel were Tom Hanks and Nicolas Cage.
Curtis Armstrong, who played a teenager, was thirty during filming.
Sharon Stone auditioned for the role of Lana.
Childhood photographs of Tom Cruise can be seen in the living room.
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."
The opening dream sequence was shot in eighteen hours.
At Joel's brothel party the song "Swamp" by the Talking Heads plays in the background. The song contains the phrase "Risky Business".
The exhaust and engine sounds were dubbed from another Porsche 928 that had a hole in its rear muffler, therefore created much louder sound that a stock 928.
Frank Sinatra was considered for the role of Guido, but was deemed "too serious" for the role.
Michael J. Fox auditioned for the role of Joel.
Kim Basinger turned down the role of Lana, because she didn't like the script.
Timothy Hutton was the first choice for the role of Joel, but turned it down in favor of working with Sidney Lumet on Daniel (1983) in New York City. Cruise and Hutton had both starred in Taps (1981).
Tangerine Dream based parts of the film's score on material from their previous albums, particularly the album "Force Majeure": The title track is the basis for Lana's theme, and the intro to "Cloudburst Flight" was reused for "Guido the Killer Pimp". "No Future (Get off the Babysitter)" is based on the title track to the album "Exit".
Some of the album covers in the record store window he exits with Miles include:

-Glenn Frey - No Fun Aloud.

-Robert Plant - Pictures at Eleven.

-The Rolling Stones - Still Life.

-Fleetwood Mac - Mirage.

-Frank Zappa - Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch.

-Queen - Hot Space.

-Crosby Stills & Nash - Daylight Again.

-Kenny Rogers - Love Will Turn You Around.

-Survivor - Eye of the Tiger.

-Rocky III (1982): Original Motion Picture Score.
Brian Backer was cast as Joel Goodsen but was replaced by Tom Cruise after Cruise auditioned and impressed the filmmakers.
When the film came out, Rebecca De Mornay (born in 1959) claimed a 1962 birthdate so she would seem the same age as Tom Cruise who is actually three years younger than her.
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As Joel is counting his hard earn gains, he is whistling the Phil Collins song "In The Air Tonight" which is also used during the movie.
Richard Dreyfuss was considered for the role of Guido.
John Cusack auditioned for the role of Joel Goodsen.
Tom Hanks auditioned for the role of Joel.
The face Joel makes after saying "Looks like University of Illinois!" was improvised by Tom Cruise. Paul Brickman loved the facial expression that he kept it in the film.
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Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay were directed by Curtis Hanson in Losin' It (1983), and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), respectively.
The Porsche dealership where the car was repaired, then known as Lee Klinger Porsche-Audi, is now called The Audi Exchange, located in Highland Park, Illinois.
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Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay appeared in films directed by Francis Ford Coppola. De Mornay in One from the Heart (1981) and Cruise in The Outsiders (1983).
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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. Penn and Cruise had starred together in Taps (1981).


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Paul Brickman had a completely different ending for the film with a rather pessimistic tone, with Joel still being accepted to Princeton, he and Lana sit on the roof of a building overlooking the city pondering his future and hers, and for once Lana lets her guard down. Lana says she didn't set him up, but he doesn't believe her. And while Joel asks for her embrace, reluctantly does so. The studio however, wanted a "feel good" ending, because this was the popular theme of teen movies at the time, so both versions were shot and shown to a test audience and it was agreed that their preference would be the ending for the film.

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