Risky Business

Risky Business

Infobox Film
name = Risky Business

caption = Theatrical release poster
director = Paul Brickman
producer = Jon Avnet
Steve Tisch
The Geffen Company
writer = Paul Brickman
starring = Tom Cruise
Rebecca De Mornay
Joe Pantoliano
music = Tangerine Dream
cinematography = Bruce Surtees
editing = Richard Chew
distributor = Warner Bros.
released = August 5, 1983
runtime = 98 min.
country = flagicon|USA
language = English
budget = $6.2 million
gross = $63,541,777
amg_id = 1:41517
imdb_id = 0086200

"Risky Business" is a 1983 comedy film written by Paul Brickman in his directorial debut. It is considered in retrospect to be the film that brought its male lead, Tom Cruise, to prominence. [http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1532588,00.html The 50 Best High School Movies] from "Entertainment Weekly"]

The film also stars Rebecca De Mornay as Lana and Joe Pantoliano as Guido. It features Curtis Armstrong as Miles, Richard Masur as Rutherford, the Princeton University interviewer and Bronson Pinchot as Barry.


Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) is a high school student who lives with his wealthy parents in the North Shore area of Chicago. His father wants him to attend Princeton University, so he participates in Future Enterprisers, an extracurricular activity in which students work in teams to create small businesses.

When his parents go away on a trip, Joel lives it up at home. On the first night, he raids the liquor cabinet, plays the stereo loudly, and dances around the living room in his underwear. Another night, he races his father's Porsche 928, despite his parents' explicit instruction to drive only his mother's car.

The following day, his friend Miles (Curtis Armstrong) suggests that Joel contact a call girl. Joel refuses, but Miles calls "Jackie" on his behalf and leaves Joel's address on the answering machine. Jackie (Bruce A. Young) turns out to be a tall, masculine black transvestite. Joel sends Jackie away, but before she leaves, she gives Joel the number for Lana, another prostitute, promising that she's what "every white boy off the lake wants".

That night, Joel is unable to sleep and hesitantly calls Lana (Rebecca De Mornay). She visits him that evening. She is a stunning blonde. They spend a heated night together.

The following morning, Lana asks Joel for $300. She agrees to wait while he goes to the bank to get the money; however, when he returns, Lana is gone, along with his mother's expensive Steuben glass egg.

Joel and Miles go to the Drake Hotel, where Jackie says Lana will be. Joel sees Lana, but only waves at her before leaving. As they are leaving, Lana asks Joel for a ride. As they sit in the car, Joel demands the egg back in exchange for the ride. Lana agrees, but as the discussion continues, the car is approached by Lana's pimp, Guido (Joe Pantoliano), who pulls a gun. Joel (in his father's Porsche) is chased in his car by Guido, but eventually escapes.

The next morning, Lana tells Joel that the egg is with the rest of her stuff at Guido's. Joel lets Lana stay while he goes to school. When he returns, his friends are over, and Lana has invited another prostitute, Vicky, to stay. They agree that the stay is only temporary. Later Lana mentions to Joel that "we should get your friends and my friends together. We'd make a lot of money." Joel rejects the idea.

That night, Joel, Lana, Vicky, and Joel's friend Barry (Bronson Pinchot) go out. They get stoned, and while Vicky and Barry wander away, Joel and Lana talk. Joel says something that Lana takes as judgmental, and she leaves. Moments later, the car rolls down the hill where Joel has parked and onto a pier. The pier collapses, and his father's Porsche falls into Lake Michigan.

Joel takes the car to a repair shop. Later he goes to school and argues with the school registrar that if his absence is labeled as unexcused, he will fail two midterms. The confrontation causes him to be punished with a five day suspension and his expulsion from Future Enterprisers. Exasperated, he goes to visit Lana, and they are reunited.

Joel and Lana arrange a huge party, turning his parents' house into a brothel for a night. Joel describes arranging the event using the same terms as creating the product for his Future Enterprisers business.

The party is a huge success, and the house is packed with young men and prostitutes. However, Joel has forgotten that the interviewer from Princeton (Richard Masur) is still coming by to evaluate Joel. The interview is plagued by interruptions, and the interviewer does not seem impressed by Joel's resume, telling him: "You've done some solid work, but it's just not Ivy League now, is it?" Later, Joel gets a call from his parents, reminding him of their flight home. After the party, Joel and Lana go out and have sex on the Chicago 'L'.

The next morning, Joel finds his house has been burglarized. When he tries to call Lana, Guido answers. He tells Joel he that he will let Joel buy back his furniture. Fortunately, Joel and his friends manage to get everything moved back in just as his parents walk in, though his mother notices a crack in her egg. Joel tries to make amends by doing some extra housework. While he is raking the lawn, his father appears and congratulates him: the interviewer was very impressed, and has indicated Joel will be accepted into Princeton.

Later, Joel meets Lana at a restaurant, and they speculate about their future. Joel asks Lana if everything had been a setup; she tells him it was not. As they walk, she tells him that she wants to keep on seeing him; he jokes with her that it will cost her, reenacting the earlier scene where Lana asks Joel for $300.


*Tom Cruise as Joel Goodson
*Rebecca De Mornay as Lana
*Joe Pantoliano as Guido
*Richard Masur as Rutherford
*Bronson Pinchot as Barry
*Curtis Armstrong as Miles
*Nicholas Pryor as Mr. Goodson
*Janet Carroll as Mrs. Goodson
*Shera Danese as Vicki
*Raphael Sbarge as Eric
*Bruce A. Young as Jackie


The film score was by Tangerine Dream; their songs composed nearly half of the film soundtrack. Also included were songs by Muddy Waters, Prince, Jeff Beck, Journey, Phil Collins, and the song for which the film is best known, "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger.

The soundtrack album was released on Virgin Records, which was also Tangerine Dream's record company at the time the film was released.

The film also included "Hungry Heart" by Bruce Springsteen, and "Swamp" by Talking Heads (which includes the words "risky business" in the lyrics). The LP and CD versions of the soundtrack included two different versions of "Love on a Real Train (Risky Business)," neither of which matched the version used in the movie for the final love scene or closing credits.


Janet Maslin, in her 1983 review of the film for the "New York Times", called it "part satire, part would-be suburban poetry and part shameless showing off" and said the film "shows an abundance of style", though "you would be hard pressed to find a film whose hero's problems are of less concern to the world at large."Maslin, Janet. - Review: "Paul Brickman's "Risky Business". - "New York Times". - August 5, 1983] She called De Mornay "disarming as a call girl who looks more like a college girl" and credits Cruise with making "Joel's transformation from straight arrow to entrepreneur about as credible as it can be made."

Roger Ebert was much more positive, calling it a movie of "new faces and inspired insights and genuine laughs" and "one of the smartest, funniest, most perceptive satires in a long time" that "not only invites comparison with "The Graduate", it earns it".Ebert, Roger. - Review: [http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19830101/REVIEWS/301010302/1023 "Risky Business"] . - "Chicago Sun-Times". - January 1, 1983. - Retrieved: 2008-07-02]

Ebert continued:::

The very best thing about the movie is its dialogue. Paul Brickman, who wrote and directed, has an ear so good that he knows what to leave out. This is one of those movies where a few words or a single line says everything that needs to be said, implies everything that needs to be implied, and gets a laugh. When the hooker tells the kid, "Oh, Joel, go to school. Learn something," the precise inflection of those words defines their relationship for the next three scenes.

"Variety" said the film was like a "promising first novel, with all the pros and cons that come with that territory" and complimented Brickman on "the stylishness and talent of his direction." [ [http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117794485.html Review of "Risky Business"] by "Variety"]

In 2006, the film was 40th on "Entertainment Weekly's" list of the 50 Best High School Movies; the magazine called the film a "sharp satire of privileged suburban teens" about the "soul-crushing pressure to be perfect." [ [http://www.filmsite.org/50besthsfilms.html Entertainment Weekly's 50 Best High School Movies] from filmsite.org]

Alternate Ending

The newly-remastered 25th-anniversary edition from Warner Home Video offers both the upbeat studio ending and Mr. Brickman’s original, more tentative and melancholic conclusion [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/07/movies/homevideo/07dvds.html?8dpc New York Times] ] .

References and parodies

A scene featuring Cruise's character dancing in his pink dress shirt and briefs to "Old Time Rock and Roll" by Bob Seger has been referenced or parodied in episodes of a number of television series and movies:
* "The Guru character played by [Jimi Mistry] auditions for a movie while dancing to the song in underwear
* "Duckman" episode ""
* "Arrested Development", episode "Development Arrested", Ted is dressed like Tom Cruise (sunglasses, collar up, no pants) under the "Risky Business" banner. He can be heard saying "I couldn't see through the glasses and I slid into the ladder", implying he (unsuccessfully) attempted to re-create the famous "sliding in front of the stairs" scene from the movie, in front of the ladder.
* "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air", episode "The Philadelphia Story"
* "King of the Hill", episode ""
* Briefly in the "Kappa Mikey" episode "Mikey Impossible"
* "Lizzie Mcguire", Season one, episode 10
* "The Lone Gunmen" episode "Eine Kleine Frohike"
* "The Nanny", episode "Canasta Masta"
* "NewsRadio", episode "The Lam"
* "Saturday Night Live", (hosted by Ron Reagan) and (hosted by Nicole Kidman)
* "The Simpsons", episode "Homer the Heretic" (Homer Simpson dances in a similar fashion, though to a different song)
* "South Park" episode "The Wacky Molestation Adventure" (Kyle Broflovski dances to the same song in the same way after his parents are taken away)
*"Saved by the Bell" episode "House Party" (Zack Morris, A.C. Slater, and Screech Powers dance around in their underwear and sunglasses to The Beach Boys "Barbara Ann" when Screech's mother leaves them home alone for the weekend.
* "Veronica Mars", episode "Ruskie Business" (which also features a character named "Tom Cruz")
* "Scrubs" episode "My Identity Crisis", Dr. Cox, J.D., Turk, and The Todd dance in a very similar fashion.
* "ALF" episode 3 "Looking for Lucky".
* "Married with Children" Season 11 episode "Breaking up is Easy to Do, Part 2". (Al Bundy dances to the same song and in the same fashion after moving into his new apartment)
* "Mrs. Doubtfire".
* "Never Been Kissed" In a Famous Couples prom theme, Rob dresses up as Cruise in his dance scene in Risky Business
* "The Office" Season 2 episode 3, "Office Olympics". Michael Scott, making reference to Risky Business, instructs an employee to "take your pants off, run around."
* During the finale of season 7 of American Idol, finalists David Cook and David Archuleta appeared in separate identical commercials for the game franchise Guitar Hero, where they each parodied the scene by playing Guitar Hero III. However, "Old Time Rock And Roll" is not featured in the game.
* Writer Greg Hudock documented the history of the Porsche 928 from Risky Business in the August 2007 issue of Excellence (magazine). [ [http://www.928registry.org/Risky-Business-928-Excellence.htm History of the Risky Business Porsche 928] ]
* Episode 218 of "The O.C." (called "The Risky Business") also references the film. The episode's plot involves a crystal egg being stolen (supposedly the same prop egg that was used in 'Risky Business'); the rest of the episode is centered on the characters trying to get back the egg. The episode also includes a remake of the film's "throwing the egg like a football" scene. A song from the "Risky Business soundtrack, Tangerine Dream's "Love on a Real Train", is also heard during the episode.


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