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Private Lessons (1981)

R | | Comedy | 28 August 1981 (USA)
An immigrant housemaid seduces a 15-year-old boy and later fakes her own death as part of his chauffeur's blackmail plot. Troubles arise when the two start to fall in love.



(novel), (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Eric Brown ...
Patrick Piccininni ...
Jack Travis
Pamela Jean Bryant ...
Joyce (as Pamela Bryant)
Meridith Baer ...
Ron Foster ...
Peter Elbling ...
Beans Morocco ...
Green (as Dan Barrows)
Dan Greenburg ...
Hotel Owner
Marian Gibson ...
Judy Helden ...
Miss Kristel's Double


Phillip Filmore is a naive, 15-year-old, preoccupied with sex, who develops a crush on Nicole Mallow, the new 30-something, French housekeeper and sitter to look after him when Phillip's father is out of town for the summer on a "business" trip. But Mr. Filmore's unscrupulous chauffeur, Lester Lewis, takes advantage of Phillip's crush on Nicole to hire her to seduce the youth, then draws her into a plot to fake her own death in a blackmail scheme aimed to drain Phillip's trust fund. Written by Anonymous

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When EMANUELLE's Sylvia Kristel is your teacher the bedroom is the classroom [DVD Australia] See more »




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Release Date:

28 August 1981 (USA)  »

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$2,800,000 (estimated)


$26,279,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Philly" (Eric Brown) was the name of one of this 1981 movie's lead characters, "Philly" also being the title of this movie's source novel. This picture was made and first released in the same 1981 year as the similarly named film Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981). See more »


Some of the extras from the movie theater scene are re-used for the restaurant scene, most notably the short-haired elderly woman who is sitting with her husband at the movie and is visible at the bottom of the screen when we first see Philly and Nicole sitting at their table in the restaurant. See more »


Philly: If you're gonna get a new job, you're gonna have to have a letter of reference, from my father.
Mallow: Well, your father might not think I've been working long enough.
Philly: I didn't mean for him to write it. But, I know what he'd say if he knew you as well as I do: She was passionate about her household duties.
Mallow: And she kept things well in hand!
Philly: She gave everything she had to her employer.
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Edited into Twisted Sex Vol. 23 (2007) See more »


That's The Reason
Performed by Willie Nile
Composed by Willie Nile
Publisher: Lake Victoria Music
Courtesy of: Arista Records, Inc.
Played in the end credits
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Every teen boy's fantasy
5 July 2003 | by (Tucson, Arizona) – See all my reviews

Imagine having the chance to film scenes with Emmanuelle herself... But enough about the actors. This film is a humorous romp into/through the sexual curiousity of a young boy. His seductress is softened by his naivity and he comes away with confidence and poise. It also has an excellent soundtrack.

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