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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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Meet the model son who's been good too long. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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. See more »

Goofs

During the "love making scene" on the CTA "El" train, the car is shown moving towards and away from the camera from several different angles. Some of these were done by reversing the film, indicated by the "white headlights" on the front of the train, moving away from the camera (not the correct direction of travel) or the opposite situation, the "red tail/classification" lights on the rear of the train moving towards the camera. 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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CBS edited 2 minutes from this film for its 1985 network television premiere. See more »


Soundtracks

Swamp
Music by Talking Heads (uncredited)
Lyrics by David Byrne (uncredited)
Performed by Talking Heads
Courtesy of Sire Records Company
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A Stylish and Intelligent Comedy that redefined the teen angst comedy and created a new movie star
4 May 2007 | by Isaac5855See all my reviews

RISKY BUSINESS is the smart and sexy 1983 teen comedy that brought intelligence to the genre and made a bonafide movie star out of Tom Cruise. Cruise is utterly winning as Joel Goodson, a high school senior excited about the prospect of having the house to himself when his parents go out of town for a few days; but things go from bad to worse when Joel crosses paths with a nubile prostitute (Rebecca DeMornay). This surprise hit brought an element of sophistication that was absent from a lot of the teen comedies that were populating the screen in the 1980's. This movie boasts a smart screenplay, imaginative direction, a memorable musical score, and on-target performances from Cruise, DeMornay, Curtis Armstrong, Joe Pantoliano (memorable as a slimy pimp), Bronson Pinchot, and Janet Carroll. Tom's sexy underwear dance to "Old Time Rock and Roll" has become Hollywood folklore. An instant classic upon release that still holds up over 20 years later.


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