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Private Lessons (1981)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  28 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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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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28 August 1981 (USA)  »

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Lecciones privadas  »

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$2,800,000 (estimated)


$26,279,000 (USA)

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The trailers and commercials for this film were narrated by Jay Stewart, the TV game show announcer who at the time was working for Barry-Enright Productions, producers of this movie. 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 »


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A Great Little Fireside Film
11 August 1999 | by (The Great White North) – See all my reviews

This excellent, though aging badly, film, is well worth digging out of the dusty shelves of your video store. It's definitely not highbrow fare, but this story of an earnest 15 year old's relationship with his sexy French housekeeper is certainly watchable.

Although the subject matter is actually quite serious, many moments in the movie will have you laughing out loud. Patrick Piccininni is priceless as the best friend of the 15 year old Phillip, who eggs him on. Eric Brown is even better as Phillip, who isn't quite sure how to respond to his housekeeper's advances.

"Private Lessons" is more than just a reversed-role "Lolita"--it's far more entertaining to watch. It does, however, join a whole series of fairly predictable teen guy-and-teacher/housekeeper movies like "My Tutor". What I especially like about this film, though, is that it doesn't have the heavy air of moral judgment hanging around it. The characters are depicted as perfectly-capable agents of their own will, which is extremely refreshing. It was hard to watch "Private Lessons", though, without looking back on my teen years and longing to be in Phillip's shoes!

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