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While most of the movie was filmed in the Phoenix, Arizona area the production had to go into New Mexico to film the love scenes as the age of consent in Arizona is 18 and in New Mexico it is 16.
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Jack Barry received a lot of hate mail for this film from people who were disgusted by its content. He never made another film again because of it.
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Eric Brown replaced another actor was originally cast as Phillip "Philly" Fillmore but was fired after eighteen days of shooting.
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First of two consecutive cinema movies where actor Eric Brown has intimate liaisons with an older woman. The second picture was They're Playing with Fire (1984) around three years later in 1984. In both films Brown is teamed with a known older sex symbol, Sylvia Kristel in Private Lessons (1981), and Sybil Danning in They're Playing with Fire (1984).
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According to the 80s Rewind website, about two years after this movie actress Sylvia Kristel appeared in Private School (1983) "only as a contractual obligation to the producers of this movie. She had previously worked with them in another "Private" movie . . . Private Lessons (1981)".
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Near the beginning, after Philip is watching Sylvia through binoculars he is looking through a fashion magazine with half-naked women. The model he is looking at in the pages is Gia Carangi, who was a famous model in the early 80s. A film was made about her (Gia (1998)).
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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.
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Howard Hesseman wore a wig in this film and sports a mustache .
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Debut American film lensed by Dutch cinematographer and later director Jan de Bont.
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The movie was cut and released in a modified version for the film's original theatrical release in a number of territories including the UK and Australia. Around thirty years later, the cut version is still the only one available in both of these markets.
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The movie produced two "in-name only" sequels several years later. The pictures are 1993's Private Lessons II (1993) and 1994's Private Lessons: Another Story (1994). Private School (1983) and Private Resort (1985) were not sequels to Private Lessons (1981) despite the pictures having title (word: "Private") similarity and the same producer R. Ben Efraim.
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Sylvia Kristel also appears in the later movie Private School (1983) but plays different characters in each film, Nicole Mallow in Private Lessons (1981) and Ms. Regina Copoletta in Private School (1983).
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First of two consecutive back-to-back movies with the word "Private" in the title for actress Sylvia Kristel whose next movie was Private School (1983) (aka Private School for Girls).
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The movie was made and released around just six years after a similarly titled European film from Italy called "The Private Lesson" [See: The Private Lesson (1975)].
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"Although [Sylvia] Kristel bares her breasts frequently, an unmatched stunt double [Judy Helden] is used for her disconcertingly in several of the nude scenes" according to show-business trade paper 'Variety'.
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Part of a mini early-to-mid 1980s cycle of Hollywood movies where a young guy has an affair with an older woman. The films include Class (1983), My Tutor (1983), Private Lessons (1981), In the Mood (1987), and They're Playing with Fire (1984).
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Filmed in early 1980, released in 1981.
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The film was made and released about twelve years after its source novel "Philly" by Dan Greenburg had been first published in 1969. Greenburg also wrote the screenplay for this movie.
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According to show-business trade paper Variety, "James Fargo directed additional footage sans credit".
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Debut theatrical feature film of actor Eric Brown.
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The movie was a "surprise box-office hit" according to film critic Leonard Maltin. Moreover, Allmovie concurs and states that "surprisingly, Private Lessons (1981) was a box-office hit at the time of its release".
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First of three cinema movies, all comedies, that actors Howard Hesseman and Ed Begley Jr. have both worked on. The films include Private Lessons (1981), This Is Spinal Tap (1984) and Amazon Women on the Moon (1987).
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One of two 1981 cinema movies starring actress Sylvia Kristel. The other picture was Just Jaeckin's filmed adaptation of D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover (1981).
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First cinema movie directed by Alan Myerson in eight years, Myerson's last having been 1973's Steelyard Blues (1973).
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The movie was remade in 1985 in Italy about four years after this film was released. The picture was called Lola's Secret (1984), it's literal English translation being "The Sin of Lola".
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Star Billing: Sylvia Kristel was top billed first, Howard Hesseman was billed second whilst Eric Brown received third billing.
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The nickname of Phillip Fillmore (Eric Brown) was "Philly".
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The name of the secondary school was the "Fredrick Douglass High School".
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Both the name of actor Howard Hesseman, and the character he played, Lester Lewis, were both alliterated.
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The movie "started the teen sex film craze of the 1980s!" according to the DVD sleeve notes.
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Publicity for the later movie Private School (1983) did sometimes, rightly or wrongly, report that it was a sequel to Private Lessons (1981). Both titles had title similarity, the presence of actress Sylvia Kristel, the same producer R. Ben Efraim, and American video distribution through MCA/Universal.
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The amount of money demanded in the blackmail scheme was US $10,000.
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"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).
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First of three consecutive movies produced by producer R. Ben Efraim with the word "Private" in the title. The three movies, arguably an unrelated trilogy of sorts, are [in order] Private Lessons (1981), Private School (1983) and Private Resort (1985). Efraim also produced the two "in-name only" sequels to Private Lessons (1981), 1993's Private Lessons II (1993) and 1994's Private Lessons: Another Story (1994).
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Dan Greenburg: The film's screenwriter and source novelist as a hotel desk clerk / owner.
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