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Born on the Fourth of July - For Annual Subscribers

Tom Cruise finishes out the 1980s playing real life Marine-turned-war protestor Ron Kovic in the Oscar-winning drama Born On The Fourth Of July. How did Oliver Stone convince Hollywood's Top Gun to dirty his uniform, and join the Platoon director for a second tour of Vietnam? And did the wheelchair-bound actor deserve more respect, and maybe a few medals pinned to his chest, for being brave enough to ditch the sunglasses and change his image? Listeners will take home all the Gold Level glory when they show their support for Now Playing. Donate Today! 

  

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Rain Man - For Annual Subscribers

Tom Cruise proves to be an excellent driver in Rain Man, navigating a classic tale of estranged brothers on a cross-country road trip that ended with co-star Dustin Hoffman bringing home his second Oscar. Who better to teach an autistic savant how to dress, dance, and turn his toothpick-counting skills into a profitable (though risky) business venture than the flashiest movie icon of the ‘80s?  Find out if revisiting this beloved Best Picture Winner gets Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob into any hot water when you Donate for Now Playing’s Tom Cruise Retrospective.

 

 

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Cocktail - For Annual Subscribers

Was heartthrob Tom Cruise writing his own obituary when he traded fighter jets for martini shakers, and agreed to star in Cocktail - the totally blitzed bartender drama crowned Worst Picture of 1988 by the Golden Raspberry Awards?  Don’t worry... be happy you at least get to soak up the sage advice of TGI Friday’s resident philosopher Bryan Brown, while enjoying Sex On The Beach with Elisabeth Shue. Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie get there fast and then take it slow for donors who wanna go back to the 80s for Now Playing’s Gold Level Tom Cruise series.

 

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The Color of Money - For Annual Subscribers

Cruise learns to drive stick as his movie career races into the big leagues with The Color of Money - his Oscar winning 1986 collaboration with Paul Newman and Martin Scorsese. Sure the show-off has all the right moves to dominate a pool table. But will he ever listen to original hustler Fast Eddie Felson, and throw enough games to hook the rich saps who call themselves players?  And what will happen when the protegee faces his master in a climactic 9 ball tournament?  Now Playing is ready to break it all down when you bet on Tom Cruise this

 

 

 

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Top Gun - For Annual Subscribers

Tom Cruise’s career finally broke the sound barrier with the release of Top Gun, the biggest movie of 1986!  Ride back into the danger zone with a hot shot pilot so determined to bag an elite flight school trophy (and instructor Kelly McGillis) that he’ll risk the lives of wingman Val Kilmer and RIO Anthony Edwards. Have Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob lost that lovin’ feeling for this very '80s touchstone? Or does Tony Scott’s aerial dogfights still take their breath away?  You’ll be playing with the boys all summer long when you enlist at the Gold Level. Donate now! 

 

 

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Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - For Annual Subscribers

Stanley Kubrick and Peter Sellers help folks see the lighter side of apocalypse with their 1964 Cold War classic Dr. Strangelove. What happens when a paranoid general (Sterling Hayden) decides to protect American bodily fluids by ordering fighter pilot Slim Pickens to drop 50 megaton bombs on unsuspecting Soviet targets? Can George C. Scott and a Nazi scientist convince the US President there’s an upside to starting World War III? Find out when you become a Now Playing Patron and join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob in the bunker this April.

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All the Right Moves - For Annual Subscribers

 Tom Cruise stars for the last time as a high school virgin hoping to make All The Right Moves with Lea Thompson, and on the football field, in this sensitive 1983 drama. Can the blue collar jock win that big game, and land the scholarship that provides escape from the Pennsylvania steel town that’s trapped his family in poverty for generations?  And is coach Craig T. Nelson too busy devising his own exit strategy to appreciate what this toothy upstart brings to the team? Find out if Cruise makes another cinematic touchdown when you Donate for Gold Level.

  

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Risky Business - For Annual Subscribers

It was a Risky Business proposition for Tom Cruise to take another starring role in a teen sex comedy after Losin’ It failed to satisfy audiences. But a bolder future is planned for new virginal lead Joel Goodson, as he partners with call girl Rebecca DeMornay to turn his parents’ stuffy suburban home into a pop-up brothel. Is Cruise’s first hit an occasion to take those old records off the shelf and dance around in tighty whities?  Find out what Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart will do for their Gold Level Donors when you step into a shower of Tom Cruise shows this Spring.

 

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Losin’ It - For Annual Subscribers

Jakob, Stuart, and Arnie are Losin’ It this spring with a Gold Level retrospective committed to finding the reasons why Tom Cruise became the biggest movie star of the 1980s. The journey begins with a road trip to Tijuana, where the almost famous actor is finding it hard to score with ladies of the night. Can flighty divorcee Shelly Long give Cruise a reason to flash that devilish grin?  And what fireworks will Bad News Bear Jackie Earle Haley set off in his quest to obtain Spanish Fly and avoid Mexican jail? Find out when you cross that border and Donate Now!  

  

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Us - For Annual Subscribers

This Friday the 13th, slip on a red jumpsuit and tether yourself to the weirdest blockbuster of 2019. Lupita Nyong'o returns to the Santa Cruz Boardwalk where she once mysteriously went missing, and confronts sinister duplicates of her family. Is getting these leering lookalikes out of her childhood home as scary or funny as Get Out? And why did writer-director Jordan Peele link this slasher scenario to the failed 1986 humanitarian effort Hands Across America? The Now Playing hosts have five on it, so don’t panic. Join Us in our Spring donation drive to Find Out!

 

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