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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
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
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 »
Movie Connections:
Your Love's EnoughSee more »


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They're not playing with a good script, 31 May 2007
Author: movieman_kev from United States

Sybil Danning is an extremely stunning sight to behold when she's wearing just a smile, sure, but there's only so much so can do when saddled with an abysmal script (and that's 90% of her career's work). There's no question that she makes unwatchable films watchable. This time around she plays Diane. a teacher who wants her husband's parents money, but that won't happen until his mom and aunt are either dead or declared incompetent (the latter is kinda like the makers of this film). Enter Private Lessons' Eric Brown as Jay, a college student who's more gullible than a fifth grader (if that) and plans to scare the old women, but there's a 'mystery' serial killer at work. As I said before Danning is the ONLY reason for someone to watch this (and even then only when it's on cable, as it's not worth renting). The character's lack any kind of spark, the plot is very weak, and for a thriller, it's not in the least bit thrilling. Also the powers that be seemed to openly want to sabotage the film as with the amount of chances to get Sybil fully nude, they go to great lengths to not show her fourth acting talent, her tits and ass being the first three, so you know where I'm going with that one. Stick with a better Sybil film such as Chained Heat or Malibu Express instead

Eye Candy: Sybil Danning shows T&A multiple times, Suzanne Kennedy'shows her right breast briefly

My Grade: D

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