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Risky Business


Saturday October 4 at 10:20pm

Risky Business

Cast: Tom Cruise, Rebecca de Mornay, Joe Pantoliano, Bronson Pinchot, Curtis Armstrong

Director: Paul Brickman

Tom Cruise scored his first big leading role in this classic comedy that slightly predated (and helped to create) the 80s randy teen film phenomenon.

Cruise plays Joel Goodsen, a Chicago teenager feeling the pressure to get into a decent university.

When his parents go out of town, Joel tries to stay good, but his friend cajoles him into ordering a call girl.

It doesn't quite go to plan, but Joel soon finds himself mixed up with the sultry Lana (Rebecca De Mornay - never more alluring) and her nasty pimp Guido (Joe Pantoliano).

Eventually Joel finds himself so deep in the brown stuff he is forced to turn his parents' beloved home into a brothel to dig himself out.

The premise of Risky Business may make it sound like a typical randy teen comedy, but it has enough points of difference to separate it from its less distinguished peers.

The first is a star-making performance from Cruise, who here introduced the world to his trademark snarky charm, albeit in a slightly unrefined form.

Risky Business has many stylistic flourishes absent in other teen films - it's shot like a Michael Mann film and has a classic 80s score from Tangerine Dream.

The supporting cast is all excellent as well - Pantoliano puts in an early version of his evil sneer that he would put to great use in numerous films in the 80s and 80s, culminating in his fantastic performance in The Sopranos as the doomed Ralphie.

Risky Business also features notable early supporting roles from Bronson Pinchot (Balky in Perfect Strangers) and Curtis Armstrong (Booger from the Revenge of the Nerds films).


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