Sometimes it doesn't take much to complete a scene. Tangerine Dream did this perfectly in this last moment with fluid electronica - their signature sound that truly defined the 80s. This scene in particular is a wonderful example of how electronic textures and a repetitive motif can accentuate the frenzy, stress, and helplessness of Joel's character played by a young Tom Cruise in one of the best performances of his early career.
This is one of the finest coming-of-age films that is a pinnacle cinematic product of the 80s. Part satire, part suburban poetry with shameless 80s excess along with a great soundtrack makes it a top pick in our book. A film that features some truly dark themes with great performances and a honest exploration of teen angst makes it a must-watch film at any point in your life. Enjoy!
Where to watch: https://letterboxd.com/film/risky-business/
Listen to the soundtrack: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4dkGerGoCt5iqwfDN43mrV?si=3cdfa1e5abb3421a
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