1983 was the year Tom Cruise became a star.
Before that: relative obscurity. That year: FOUR major parts in movies we
still remember: All the Right Moves, Losin' It, Risky Business, The
Outsiders. Xenu must have been smiling on him.
Actually you may not remember Losin' It, a teen
road trip comedy. I have sort of a personal connection to that film. A
friend and colleague of mine, whom I have not seen for many years, claims
that the screenplay for that film was ripped off almost verbatim from a
screenplay he wrote and circulated some years earlier under the name
Tequila Sunrise, a title which had not been used at that point. I never
studied the matter systematically, but from what I saw, his claim may have
had some merit.
SIDEBAR: One of the stars of that Losin' It movie
was Jackie Earle Haley, the guy who played Rorschach in Watchmen. If you
aren't familiar with his story, he disappeared from the biz in 1993 and
re-emerged in 2006 with an amazing comeback - an Oscar nomination in
Little Children. In between he was delivering pizzas, driving limos ---
making a living beside the rest of us.
film clip. No HD today, but it's one of the great highlights of screen