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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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 »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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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." In the same interview, Pinchot said working with Cruise was "weird" and called Cruise "the biggest bore on the face of the Earth." 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 »

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[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

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In the Air Tonight
Written by Phil Collins (uncredited)
Performed by Phil Collins
Courtesy of Atlantic Records
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

5 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,275,327, 7 August 1983

Gross USA:

$63,541,777

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$63,541,777
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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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