Risky Business

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Featuring one of Tom Cruise's best early performances, Risky Business is a sharp, funny examination of teen angst that doesn't stop short of exploring dark themes.



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Risky Business is the film in which 19-year-old Tom Cruise dances around his living room in his underwear. He does this to celebrate the fact that his parents have left him alone while they go on vacation. Somewhere along the line, hooker Rebecca De Mornay, fleeing her vicious pimp, hides out in the Cruise manse. Things go from bad to worse to as Cruise inadvertently drives his father's Porsche into Lake Michigan and nearly scuttles his college recruitment interview. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Tom Cruise
as Joel Goodson
Richard Masur
as Rutherford
Nicholas Pryor
as Joel's father
Janet Carroll
as Joel's mother
Nathan Davis
as Business Teacher
Scott Harlan
as Stan Licata
Sheila Keenan
as Nurse Bolik
Lucy Harrington
as Glenn's Girl Friend
Jerry Tullos
as Derelict
Jerome Landfield
as Kessler's Father
Ron Dean
as Detective
Bruno Aclin
as Mechanic
Robert Kurcz
as Service Manager
Jonathan Chapin
as Kid at Gas Station
Fern Persons
as Lab Teacher
Jimmy Baron
as Kid at Window
Harry Teinowitz
as Kid at Party
Cynthia Baker
as Test Teacher
Wayne Kneeland
as Russell Bitterman
Megan Mullally
as Call Girl
Lora Staley
as Call Girl
Jade Gold
as Evonne Williams
Karen Grossman
as Hall Marshal
Brett Baer
as Howie Rifkin
Vinny Argiro
as Mr. Rents Salesman
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  • Oct 23, 2016
    This is the movie that is arguably ranked as Tom Cruise's best. It mixes coming of ae with the dark overtones of adulthood and responsibility, with a great soundtrack.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2015
    Kind of overrated to be honest, since people basically hold this up as "the" 80s movie. But that being said, this is still a pretty enjoyable film.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 05, 2015
    "Risky Business" is a great drama film of 1983. "Risky Business" has great acting from "Tom Cruise" and "Rebecca De Mornay". "Risky Business" has a great plot to it. The plot is great but not the most exciting. The music in "Risky Business" is great as well it makes scenes more dramatic. I recommend you watch "Risky Business" as it is a great drama film of 1983. I give "Risky Business" an 8/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2013
    Potentially, this is Tom Cruise's second best film in his entire career, though not necessarily his best performance. Risky Business found, with surprising easiness, its pop-culture status among modern viewers. 75% of that popularity image has Tom Cruise dancing to the beat of "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, a scene which barely represents the entire dark atmosphere of this teen drama. Risky Business is yet ANOTHER movie that puts us in the perspective of the rebellious young generation that came out from such an irresponsible previous generation: their parents. It was typical to see the parents playing passive antagonistic roles while these lost boys sought for liberty, either financial, carnal or intellectual, in several ways possible, from organizing massive parties to taking "days off" like a good Ferris Bueller would do. In this case, however, the perspective is less comedic. I wouldn't catalogue this as a comedy, but as an exercise in the irony of negative outcomes of irresponsible actions, maybe even with a touch of peer pressure. The execution of certain scenes was excellent, from the opening dream sequence, to the "Are you ready for me?" encounter, to the subway sequence. Remarkably, the film ends with a sarcastic tone. It may seem that Joel Goodson got away with it from every single angle, but what matters is also what will happen in the long run, and that perspective is scary. The conclusion seems as uncertain as driving in foggy highway. Good film, and somewhat underrated. 79/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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