Risky Business Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Risky Business launched Tom Cruise into stardom.

It has been forty years since “Risky Business,” the iconic coming-of-age comedy-drama that changed Tom Cruise’s career trajectory. On August 5th, 1983, this classic film first hit the silver screen and launched a then-unknown Cruise into stardom. Directed by Paul Brickman, “Risky Business” tells the story of Joel Goodson (played by Cruise). He is a high school senior who gets into a series of misadventures after his parents leave him alone for vacation. What starts as innocent fun quickly spirals into a wild escapade as Joel encounters a call girl, Lana (Rebecca De Mornay), leading him to risk, rebellion, and self-discovery.

Cruise’s performance as Joel Goodson was mesmerizing.

He infuses the character with charm, vulnerability, and a hint of rebelliousness. Audiences were drawn to his infectious charisma and natural acting abilities, leaving an indelible mark on viewers’ hearts. The film’s most memorable scene is undoubtedly where Cruise dances in his living room wearing nothing but a dress shirt, white socks, and boxer shorts while lip-syncing to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll.” This iconic moment has become synonymous with “Risky Business” and has been parodied, referenced, and imitated countless times.

As the film hit theaters, critics and audiences raved about Cruise’s breakout performance. He showcased the raw talent and star power that showed Hollywood had a new leading man. The success of “Risky Business” propelled Cruise into instant fame. It opened the doors to many opportunities, leading him to become one of Hollywood’s most bankable and beloved actors. Following “Risky Business,” Cruise’s career continued to soar with blockbuster hits. He starred in movies such as “Top Gun,” “Rain Man,” “Mission: Impossible,” and many others. His dedication to his craft, commitment to performing his stunts, and unwavering work ethic have solidified his status as one of the industry’s biggest stars.

Risky Business has had a lasting impact on popular culture and its significant role in shaping Cruise’s career. The movie remains a quintessential ’80s classic. It is still cherished for its wit, charm, and unforgettable performance that put Tom Cruise on the map. And as for Joel Goodson’s famous line, “Sometimes, you just gotta say, ‘What the heck,'” we can all agree that taking a few risks, like watching this iconic film, is worth it.

Read more News on Nerdtropolis and make sure to subscribe to our Channel.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: