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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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Paul Brickman

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Paul Brickman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Joel
Rebecca De Mornay ... Lana
Joe Pantoliano ... Guido
Richard Masur ... Rutherford
Bronson Pinchot ... Barry
Curtis Armstrong ... Miles Dalby
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 Sarah Partridge ... Kessler
Nathan Davis ... Business Teacher
Scott Harlan Scott Harlan ... Stan Licata
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

5 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Negocios riesgosos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,275,327, 7 August 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Geffen Company See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 (1980) have contributed to the popularity of the Wayfarers since. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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... 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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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 2 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »


Soundtracks

After the Fall
Written by Jonathan Cain (uncredited) and Steve Perry (uncredited)
Performed by Journey
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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fun, funny, and smart
8 February 2003 | by pompajSee all my reviews

Most funny comedies aren't very smart. They're funny because of individual jokes that play by themselves, without relying on the overall plot. Risky Business is an exception and the reason why it works so well, is because it tells a simple story that could really happen and would also be a lot of fun. Youre a high school kid, your parents go on vacation for a week, leaving you the whole house to yourself. That's the setup. A friend calls up a call girl, she shows up, and the entertainment begins. This movie is smart enough to know what kids think about at that age, sex, and it holds nothing back. It is very clever at times and has a strong character in Joel, played by a young, energetic Tom Cruise. Another thing that this movie understands is mood and tempo. Everything hits the right beat. Smart and funny is an ideal combination and this movie achieves it.


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