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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018QPPXW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,288 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Cruise/De Mornay/Pantoliano ~ Risky Business

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This 1983 film that launched the career of Tom Cruise proves its relative timelessness by entertaining audiences even today. Mediocre student and always-obedient son Joel (Cruise) is left alone in his upscale suburban house when his parents take a vacation. It's Joel's senior year in high school and it appears that the only highlight is going to be a boring project for the Young Enterpriser Club contest. When his friend Miles (Curtis Armstong) forces his hand to take a chance, Joel is thrown into an out-of-control scenario involving the charming prostitute Lana (Rebecca de Mornay), her enterprising friends, an irate pimp named Guido (Joe Pantoliano), and a high school full of unfilled but hormonally charged teenage boys. Throw in Joel's father's Porsche, an application to Princeton, and the all-important midterms that Joel is in danger of failing - and you've got a fast-paced, hilarious flick of adolescence out of control.
Unlike today's teen movies, "Risky Business" is not preoccupied with sophomoric humor and gratuitous foul language. It's too smart a screenplay for that. Instead, it focuses on the humor of a good boy gone temporarily bad, and how one small act of rebellion changes everything. At times, the film tries to be artsy with its gimmicky camera shots, direction, and editing, thus dating the film more than the costumes and screenplay do, but overall it succeeds. The music is great, particularly for those who remember the times.
Dust off your memories and revisit this fun flick. If you've never seen it, you should, if for no other reason than for seeing why Tom Cruise and Rebecca de Mornay rocketed to fame following its release.
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Joel Goodson (Tom Cruise) is a high school senior who is already half-way to an ulcer from anxiety about future success. He stresses about his SAT scores, his performance as a Future Enterpriser, and getting into a good college. His friends urge him to lighten up; he tries to do so while his parents are away on a trip, and the result is a life-changing experience for him.
This is not only a very funny film, but it is also very insightful and subversive about the get-ahead-quick, materialistic mentality that lies behind the kind of uber-businessmen that began coming up in the 80s and have enriched all of our lives so much with shenanigans such as the Enron debacle. Cruise's character goes from an innocent kid who believes that the key to success is hard work and preparation to one who realizes that a clever opportunist with a smooth line of BS is the one who will really come out at the head of the pack.
Excellent work from the supporting cast as well as writer/director Paul Brickman.
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By rkenter on March 17 2004
Format: DVD
One of the better teenage movies of the 1980's. What impressed me most is the story is so real & probably a part of everyone's lives. Tom Cruise is an innocent teenager, who is forced by his friends to take advantage of his parents' absence from home & invites a call-girl over. What starts off as an interesting night for Cruise slowly turns into a nightmare. He runs his Dad's priceless Porsche into Lake Michigan by carelessness, gets suspended from college & gets very close to a real-life debt situation ! Rest of the film is seen Cruise straightening his life along with little or no help from his buddies. The film often highlites the phrase - What the heck ? Take some chances in life....Be a future enterpriser, signalling the need to use every given opportunity that life offers into a money making investment. Joe Pantoliano shines as Guido the killer pimp. Kurt Masur also excels as the bewildered school correspondent who comes to interview Cruise. The film scores in almost all departments - Editing, Screenplay, Direction & an excellent score by Tangerine Dream. They provide a very haunting score titled ''Love on a Real Train, wherein we see Tom Cruise making love to Rebecca De Mornay in Chicago's EL train late @ nite when none is aboard the train. The producers could re-release the film with a 5.1 DD soundtrack that could certainly enhance the film's outlook even more.
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Rarely will you find a video store without RISKY BUSINESS. Not only is it a contemporary classic, but it was also Tom Cruise's breakthrough film and a major hit. While reputed to be a very good movie, upon watching it, I found it to be something else. It's an excellent movie.
Tom Cruise plays Joel Goodson, a high-school kid who is just that - a good son. He's responsible, careful, and trusted. But when his parents leave town for the week, Joel decides to loosen up - but after he nervously invites call girl Lana (Rebecca De Mornay) into his house, everyone goes horridly wrong. With only a few days left to go, Joel must raise his grades, make $8,000, get back stolen furniture, and escape from the clutches of Guino (Joe Pontoliano), the killer pimp. Work is hell. And Joel knows it.
This movie is great. It wildly exceeded by expectations, and is much better than it's said to be. Cruise is great - the fact that RISKY BUSINESS is Cruise's first major film is enough to make it worth the watch, anyway; De Mornay is also very good. Paul Brickman's direction has a sort of artistic feeling to it (he also scripted); he has a unique way of creating a film that's funny, erotic, and occasionally suspenseful.
Another wonderful aspect of the film is its terrific soundtrack. It features rockin' songs from such popular artists as The Police, Bob Seger, Talking Heads, Muddy Waters, Phil Collins, and Prince. It also features new music by the hit-making band Tangerine Dream, whose techno, futuristic-sounding score gives the movie an occasionally nightmarish, occasionally unpleasant mood to it - and, of course, the film is about every teenager's nightmares come true.
All in all, RISKY BUSINESS is essential viewing from the 1980's, and it works just as well now as it did then. Tom Cruise's first hit, a terrific soundtrack, and a cult classic - this is RISKY BUSINESS.
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