They're Playing with Fire (1984)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  April 1984 (USA)
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A married college professor decides to seduce her student, whom she hired as a handyman for her yacht. The hesitant student succumbs to his buxom professor, but their romance is interrupted by her corrupt husband and a masked murderer.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diane Stevens
Eric Brown ...
Jay Richard
Michael Stevens
Martin 'Bird' Johnson
K.T. Stevens ...
Lillian Stevens
Gene Bicknell ...
George Johnson
Curt Ayers ...
The Bartender
Bill Conklin ...
Terese Hanses ...
Pub Singer
Greg Kaye ...
Suzanne Kennedy ...
Violet Manes ...
Joe Portaro ...


During the opening sequences, a college student is seduced by his college professor. After that, it is disclosed that her husband has concocted a devilish scheme to steal millions from an inheritance fund run by his dotty grandmother and totally nasty mother. However, all of that is cast aside for the goings-on of a masked lunatic who is slaughtering the cast in best Jason style. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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From his French maid, he got Private Lessons. Now his English professor is giving him a REAL education.


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Brincando com Fogo  »

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The picture was often erroneously perceived as being a sequel to Eric Brown's earlier similarly themed 1981 movie Private Lessons (1981). The film's original main movie poster's evoked this by having a tagline saying "From his French maid, he got Private Lessons. Now his English professor is giving him a REAL education" and billing Eric Brown as the " 'Private Lessons' Star ". See more »


In a scene where Diane has finished her shower, she steps out, grabs a towel and dries herself. In the next scene where we see her husband and we see her in the mirror, she is inside the shower again with the towel. See more »


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A Sybil Danning sensual tour-de-force
26 February 2001 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

Since her start in the late 1960's, Sybil Danning has been called upon to use her sensuality and statuesque physique to bail out many a "B" movie. No exception here, as the stunning Danning plays a college professor/seductress. The victim is gullible Eric Brown (who's acting abilities resemble those of a 4th grader). The highlight of this movie is the seduction of Brown by Danning in the yacht. Great camerawork and Danning's sensuality in her strip give a scorching rating to a scene that will be relived in the minds of red-blooded males. Her other sex scenes were Brown are equally erotic but that is as good as it gets with this movie. The plot is predictable and the just not there. A must for all Danning fans though, so you can drool at the sensual charms of this erotic goddess who seems to have saved the face of many an aspiring "B" movie director with her presence.

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