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Private Lessons (1981)

 -  Comedy  -  26 August 1981 (USA)
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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Mallow
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Lester
Eric Brown ...
Philly
Patrick Piccininni ...
Sherman
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Jack Travis
Pamela Jean Bryant ...
Joyce (as Pamela Bryant)
Meridith Baer ...
Miss Phipps
Ron Foster ...
Fillmore
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Waiter
Beans Morocco ...
Green (as Dan Barrows)
Dan Greenburg ...
Hotel Owner
Marian Gibson ...
Florence
Judy Helden ...
Miss Kristel's Double
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

chauffeur | blackmail | love | sex | housemaid | See more »

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The bedroom is a fun classroom ... EMMANUELLE's star is the teacher. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

26 August 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Private Lessons  »

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$26,279,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The nickname of Phillip Fillmore (Eric Brown) was "Philly". See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Want To Talk About It
Performed by Crazy Horse
Composed by Danny Whitten
Publisher: Crazy Horse Music
Courtesy of: Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
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Sylvia Kristel and Eric Brown are quite sexy in Private Lessons
5 August 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Okay, after about 27 years of only seeing the first 30 minutes of this movie on HBO (due to my fears of my parents finding out that their then-teenage son was watching something R-rated), I finally saw the whole thing today on a used VHS tape that still had a clear picture. In summation, I mostly found this movie mostly humorously touching concerning the sex scenes between Sylvia Kristel and Eric Brown (who was 16-playing-15 when he filmed this), pretty hilarious whenever the ridiculous blackmail plot goes into gear during the second half (though I thought it was a mistake to intentionally film the "burial" of Nicole in such a not-so-serious manner), and just nostalgic whenever many of the Top 40 hits of the late '70s play on the soundtrack. Not a great film but Private Lessons was mostly entertaining. P.S. The movie's writer, Dan Greenburg who has a cameo as a motel clerk, is from my birthtown of Chicago, Ill.


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