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Howard Avedis (written by) &
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April 1984 (USA) See more »
From his French maid, he got Private Lessons. Now his English professor is giving him a REAL education.
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Sybil Danning ... Diane Stevens
Eric Brown ... Jay Richard

Andrew Prine ... Michael Stevens

Paul Clemens ... Martin 'Bird' Johnson
K.T. Stevens ... Lillian Stevens
Gene Bicknell ... George Johnson
Curt Ayers ... The Bartender

Dominick Brascia ... Glenn
Bill Conklin ... Preacher
Terese Hanses ... Pub Singer
Greg Kaye ... Dale
Suzanne Kennedy ... Janice
Violet Manes ... Jenny
Alvy Moore ... Jimbo
Joe Portaro ... Professor
Beth Scheffell ... Cynthia (as Beth Schaffel)
Marlene Schmidt ... Gas Station Customer
Margaret Wheeler ... Lettie Stevens

Directed by
Howard Avedis 
Writing credits
Howard Avedis (written by) &
Marlene Schmidt (written by)

Produced by
Howard Avedis .... producer
Ernest Kaye .... associate producer
Marlene Schmidt .... producer
Tim Siu .... associate producer
Original Music by
John Cacavas 
Cinematography by
Gary Graver (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Tucker 
Art Direction by
Rosemary Brandenburg 
Makeup Department
Sylvia Flores .... makeup artist
Lorraine Polak .... makeup artist (as Lorraine Pollack)
Jill Rockow .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lance Dickson .... unit manager
Herman Grigsby .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herman Grigsby .... assistant director
Bayard Storey .... third assistant director
John R. Woodward .... first assistant director
Art Department
Clark Hunter .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dick Alexander)
Beau Biggart .... sound editor
Bob Biggart .... supervising sound editor
Jean Clark .... boom operator (as Jean L. Clark)
Mary Jo Devenney .... boom operator
William Fiege .... sound mixer (as Bill Fiege)
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
William Shaffer .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Chuck E. Stewart .... special effects (as Charles Stewart)
Greg Robbins .... stunt double: Paul Clemens (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank D'Angelo .... first assistant camera
Ben Felthouse .... electrician (as Ben Feldthouse)
Ron Halpern .... second assistant camera
Jono Kouzouyan .... gaffer
Andrew Roach .... grip
Michael Stocks .... best boy grip
Suzanne Tenner .... still photographer
Terry Wimmer .... key grip
Jack Yanekian .... best boy electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Dibene .... wardrobe assistant
Verkina Flower .... wardrobe coordinator
Violet Manes .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Barry Dresner .... assistant film editor
Jack Hooper .... negative cutter
Music Department
John Cacavas .... conductor
Morris I. Diamond .... music coordinator (as Morris Diamond)
Stephen A. Hope .... music editor
Ken Suesov .... music recordist: Brittania Studios
Transportation Department
Lance Dickson .... transportation
Other crew
Connie Barzaghi .... script supervisor
John Cacavas Jr. .... production assistant
Ruth E. Campbell .... assistant to producer
Stefani N. Deoul .... production coordinator
Michael Donner .... location auditor
Jeff Gonzales .... production assistant
Elwin Hughes .... assistant to producer
David Littell .... production assistant
Teri Parker .... production assistant
Donna Schaffel .... assistant to producer
Donna Tollefson .... dialogue supervisor
John E. Vohlers .... production assistant
Bob Hadler .... special thanks

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96 min
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The name of the schemers' luxury yacht was the "Lillian".See more »
Continuity: 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
Author: BloodTheTelepathicDog from north dakota

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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