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They're Playing with Fire (1984)

 -  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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Diane Stevens
Eric Brown ...
Jay Richard
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Michael Stevens
Paul Clemens ...
Martin 'Bird' Johnson
K.T. Stevens ...
Lillian Stevens
Gene Bicknell ...
George Johnson
Curt Ayers ...
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Glenn
Bill Conklin ...
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Terese Hanses ...
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Greg Kaye ...
Dale
Suzanne Kennedy ...
Janice
Violet Manes ...
Jenny
Alvy Moore ...
Jimbo
Joe Portaro ...
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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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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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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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 »

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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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Sybil Danning at her Best
21 October 2010 | by (north dakota) – See all my reviews

This film plays like a B-Film Noir from the 1950s coupled with the steamy erotica of the late night cable channels with some Dr. Giggles thrown in the mix. Needless to say, it was entertaining but in a cheesy, not too high-brow kind of way.

Sybil Danning plays a sexy college professor married to another professor (Andrew Prine)who stands to inherit a sizable sum of money from his mother once she kicks off. The two espousers decide they can't wait for the dough so Sybil urges her obsessed student Eric Brown to assist them in gaining their inheritance. To persuade the young student, Sybil offers him two famous vices: sex and money.

Their plans backfire when mommy proves too much for Eric and chases him off the family estate with a shotgun. As soon as Eric is gone, however, someone else blasts mommy. Eric feels that he is being setup for murder when Prine accuses him of foul deeds, but he can't separate himself from the case due to his attachment to the buxom Miss Danning. The film, which begins as an erotic thriller, then descends into the slasher genre as Eric and Sybil track a masked killer who just might be Sybil's hubby.

STORY: $$$ (Nothing special here--just middle-of-the-road. The characterization could have used more work, as well as the overall plot. There are plenty plot devices that just don't make any sense, like their initial plan to have Eric scare mommy by breaking into her house. I mean, you don't read a will for a frightened dame, so what was going on there?)

ACTING: $$$ (Nothing special here either. Eric Brown seemed out of place in his scenes with Sybil. Not much of an actor, Eric tries to get by on his grin, but fails miserably. Prine does a fine job as Sybil's odious husband while Miss Danning is in good form as the femme fatale).

NUDITY: $$$$$ (This is really the main draw for this film, since it is Sybil at her most obliging. She has a couple shower scenes and three sex scenes. Had there been a better check and balance between the story and Sybil's breast exposure, this could have been a better erotic thriller).


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