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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

Writer:

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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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Brickman cited Bernardo Bertolucci's The Conformist (1970) as a huge influence on the film: "I thought, 'Why can't you present that as a film for youth and aspire to that kind of style and still have humor in it?' That was the test: to meld a darker form of filmmaking with humor. Tone is what I wanted to play with." See more »

Goofs

In the brothel scene, when the hooker places her hand on the boy's knee and scares him away, we see a drummer and a pianist playing in the upper left-hand corner of the screen, but we hear a recorded version of "D.M.S.R" by Prince. They are also visible just before Joel complains to Lana that some of the girls are wearing his mother's clothing, and once again we hear recorded music. 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 »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Tom Cruise: The Star Next Door (1990) See more »

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After the Fall
Written by Jonathan Cain (uncredited) and Steve Perry (uncredited)
Performed by Journey
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Great Movie - set the standard for this genre
19 August 2005 | by lawoptionsSee all my reviews

First, with respect to continuity, I just watched the movie (with my teen-aged daughter) and the plates on the Porsche on the way home from the garage is clearly Illinois and NOT New Jersey. In any event, my daughter and her friend were watching "The Girl Next Door" and I spent the whole movie thinking that this was very derivative and my daughter and her friend had never even heard of "Risky Business," so we watched it. My daughter really liked the movie and agreed that her movie was a pale imitation (though it was cute). I think a lot of teen movies are now just trying to shock as opposed to telling an interesting and intricate story. This movie made Tom Cruise (with whom I very annoyed given his treatment of Nicole and his display on the Today Show - medication can help a chemical imbalance), but the movie is a classic. I loved it when I first saw it as a young adult (25) and I still think it is one of the best teen movies ever made.


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