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Risky Business 1983

4.6 out of 5 stars (75) IMDb 6.8/10

Teenager Joel is handsome, intelligent and good. Then his parents go off for a few days and he meets hooker Lana. After deflowering Joel she gets him to turn his home into a brothel for a night. As the hookers arrive, a university rep turns up - how Joel handles this and other crises will alter his life...

Starring:
Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Paul Brickman
Starring Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay
Supporting actors Joe Pantoliano, Richard Masur, Bronson Pinchot, Curtis Armstrong, Nicholas Pryor, Janet Carroll, Shera Danese, Raphael Sbarge, Bruce A. Young, Kevin Anderson, Sarah Partridge, Nathan Davis, Scott Harlan, Sheila Keenan, Lucy Harrington, Jerry Tullos, Jerome Landfield, Ron Dean
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
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In the 80s, we saw a spate of movies catering for young men, teen movies of sorts, that would usually have some sexual element to it. An example of this was the Porkies series, although it's not as mature as this movie, the element of fantasy, and sexual interaction was a big part of the movie.

Risky Business was an interesting start for young Tom Cruise, who, at the time wasn't that well known. His co-star, beautiful Rebecca De Mornay was also rather unknown, so director Paul Brickman was taking a risk with them.

Tom Cruise plays Joel Goodsen, a young guy from the burbs of Chicago. He's obsessed with his grades and nervous he's going to ruin everything for himself. He doesn't really like messing around, but when his parents go away on holiday - his pal Miles gets him a call girl - but he really doesn't like her. She suggests lovely Lana, a sexy blonde with beautiful eyes - and the magic starts.

Joel helps her get rid of a creep called Guido - who she says is her manager but we all know he's just a pimp - but what he doesn't realise is he's getting himself into bother, hence why it's a Risky Business.

This is one of Tom's finest movies, the good old days when he wasn't taking himself far too seriously, a golden age where he just made movies - and the better for it. His portrayal of Joel is great, his nervousness is perfectly on par with teens of his age. Rebecca is also great as Lana, and really fits the role well.

The best scene has to be the one where he's on the train making love to Lana, the use of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" is really good, and the way it's not explicit lets you use your imagination.
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To be honest I cringe at the type of movies Cruise makes these days but it's obvious from his great performance in Risky Business, that occasionally he can pick a good role. I'll be 39 next month and watched this film for the first time in over 20 years last night. As the dvd entered my machine, I couldn't help thinking this film maybe rubbish now but It surprised me just how good it is. Helped no end by the superb cast, not just Cruise & De Mornay but Curtis Armstrong & Bronson Pinchot are both hilarious and who could forget the great Joe Pantoliano! This was a favourite of mine as a teenager but me and my friends were more interested in De Mornay and emulating the guys playing cards & smoking cigars than anything else. Considering the time it was made, the film has dated much better than other movies of the 80's. The Tangerine Dream soundtrack also deserves mention. As for the features (25th anniversary dvd), a very good half hour retrospective with almost everyone involved. Also a commentary featuring Brickman, Cruise & Avnet, worth a listen if you have time but I definitely recommend the retrospective. Alternate ending which director Brickman prefers & theatrical trailer. However, I already owned the standard dvd and the picture quality is the same.
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In this 1983 romantic teen comedy, Joel Goodson [Tom Cruise] is a high school student who lives with his wealthy but overbearing parents in suburban Chicago. When his parents go away on a trip, Joel is persuaded to have some fun and that’s what he sets out to do, but is he prepared for his encounter with $300 prostitute, Lana [Rebecca De Mornay], and can he put everything right before his parents return.
This is the film that launched Cruise to stardom but beside that it has a blistering sound track which helps. It’s a kind of ‘Ferris Beullah’ meets ‘Pretty Woman’ but pre-dates both. The film maintains a reasonable pace as Joel lurches from one disaster to another, but does flag in places although Joel’ fantasy dream sequences add some humour.
The single disc opens straight into the film opening credits and the excellent mood music of Tangerine Dream. With nudity, swearing and the obligatory shower scenes, it’s an obvious 18. The only let down is the sound is often muffled in places and the picture is a bit grainy –even for an 80’s conversion to DVD [lose a *].
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this is a another movie that takes me back to my teen years.. but it is a great movie and so good to see tom cruise as tom cruise really before he got famous and started to over act his roles like MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2 and onwards... tom cruise was great as this wimpy mommas boy who never took risks then suddenly he invites a call girl(rebecca de mornay) and everthing goes wrong he has has to get it right b4 his parents come back from vacation.. its just 1 disaster after another.. the action is fast exspecially the chase with the porsche.. and the soundtrack is awesome.. this is another great 80s movie that never gets shown anymore on british tv.. this is wat a teen movie should be like .. forget AMERICAN PIE movies ..there garbage compared to this.. 10/10-
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An 80s classic, Cruise in a breakthrough role. This film spawned many others - elements of Ferris Bueler are clearly modelled on this. Ok - the plot is morally dubious - but it is executed in a darkly humorous way that means that (although I'm uncomfortable with it) I can overlook some of the blatant misogyny. I hadn't seen this since the 90s, and it was worth watching again. Enjoy!
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