Risky Business Movie

Risky Business

Meet the model son who's been good too long.
Risky Business Picture
The "million dollar smile" that helped to make Tom Cruise a star.


Tom Cruise, Rebecca De Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Bronson Pinchot, Curtis Armstrong, Richard Masur, Nicholas Pryor, Janet Carroll, Shera Danese, Raphael Sbarge, Bruce A. Young, Kevin Anderson Update Cast

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See Curtis Armstrong, Rebecca De Mornay before they were famous!


Look for Sean Penn, Jason Gedrick, Megan Mullally making a cameo appearance!

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If the 'Porsche into the lake' scene hadn't worked correctly first time, the film would have been in serious trouble budget-wise... Thankfully, the elaborately planned stunt came off perfectly.

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Director: Paul Brickman
Writer: Paul Brickman
Producers: Jon Avnet, James O'Fallon, Steve Tisch
Locations Manager: Richard Feld

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Release Date: 05 Aug 1983
MPAA Rating: R
Studio: Warner Bros.
Genre: Teen Drama

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A legendary 80's cliche in iteslf. Still wears well nearly two decades later.

Blinding suburban action comedy that propelled Tom Cruise to mega stardom.
Nothing weak about Risky Business!

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Risky Business is a cult classic that seems to kinda sum up the mood of the decade "Anything is possible if you apply yourself..."

Cruise, starring in his first smash hit role after previously making a small splash with the military academy drama "Taps", plays the young Joel Goodsen who, after meeting a 'lady of the night' (played by DeMornay in her debut role), ends up becoming his own businessman in that area and incurring the wrath of 'Guido The Killer Pimp' (excellently played by Joe Pantoliano, who would later go on to star and co-star in many landmark 90's movies like "The Fugitive" and "The Matrix").

Joel (Cruise's character) is, at the start of the movie, your typical upscale teenager worried about his grades and committing minor 'fractures' of his parents trust by, for instance, taking out his father's Porsche when he had been expressly forbidden from doing so. As the movie goes on though, he is taken through a sequence of events that drag him ever deeper on a whirlwind ride into the underground 'business' of 'personal services' from which the viewer wonders if he will ever recover...

Saying much more about the plot would spoil the movie, but Risky Business was very well written and directed by Paul "True Crime" Brickman and was the surprise hit that first brought Tom Cruise to the masses. It also surely was one of the reasons that the Ray-Ban Wayfarer style sunglasses became such a mainstay of 80's wardrobe.

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