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Writer (WGA):
Casey T. Mitchell (written by)
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Release Date:
5 April 2004 (USA) See more »
A woman finds her life unraveling after she makes friends with her daughter's teacher. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Erika Eleniak ... Victoria Paige

Patricia Kalember ... Samantha Stephens

Ken Tremblett ... Nick Stephens

Lori Triolo ... Jane Robson

William MacDonald ... Daniel Eliot

Rowen Kahn ... Jack Stephens
Keely Purvis ... Molly Stephens

Jerry Rector ... Businessman

Dean Redman ... Policeman
Pamela Perry ... Realtor

Ryan Jefferson Booth ... Detective (as Ryan Booth)

Directed by
Michael Scott  (as Michael M. Scott)
Writing credits
Casey T. Mitchell (written by)

Produced by
Joseph Broido .... executive producer
Harvey Kahn .... producer
Robert Lee .... associate producer
Original Music by
Tim Jones 
Cinematography by
Adam Sliwinski 
Film Editing by
Jim Miley 
Casting by
Lindsay Chag 
Production Design by
Paul Joyal 
Art Direction by
Doris Deutschmann 
Set Decoration by
George Neuman 
Costume Design by
Andrea Des Roches  (as Andrea Desroches)
Makeup Department
Mariah Crawley .... key hair stylist
Jason Hoffman .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Kenneth Burke .... post-production supervisor
Ken Lawson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Baillie .... trainee assistant director
Michael Collins .... third assistant director
Robert Lee .... first assistant director
Ivana Siska .... second assistant director
Art Department
Tom Bonny .... on-set dresser
Scott Calderwood .... assistant set decorator
Curt Maze .... on-set props
Michael Rosser .... property master
Athena Wong .... props buyer
Sound Department
Andrew Casciato .... foley editor
David M. Cyr .... sound mixer (as David Cyr)
Steven Erickson .... adr editor
Steven Erickson .... dialogue editor
Jeremy Hoenack .... re-recording mixer
Jeremy Hoenack .... supervising sound editor
Tony Kucenski .... foley artist (as Anthony Kucenski)
Philip J. MacCormick .... boom operator (as Phil MacCormick)
Noah Southall .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Rory Cutler .... special effects coordinator
Brett Armstrong .... stunt coordinator
Owen Walstrom .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
James Dittiger .... still photographer
Mark Evans .... first assistant camera
Kathy Herndl .... camera loader
Mathias Herndl .... director of photography: second unit
Darren Joseph .... second assistant camera
Jesse Keay .... lamp operator
Martin Nicholas .... dolly grip
Will Parrot .... key grip
Wil Parrott .... key grip
Rob Sperling .... grip
Brad Whitlock .... camera operator
Casting Department
Audrey Skalbania .... additional casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cathy Darby .... assistant costume designer
Location Management
Jaye Gazeley .... location manager
John Knowlton .... assistant location manager
Other crew
James Duncan .... production assistant
Les Ford .... computer playback designer
Nancy Heller .... assistant production accountant
Catherine Howard .... production coordinator
Paul Jasper .... animal coordinator
Maria Kozak .... production assistant
Anna McMurtry .... production accountant
Roland Sonnenburg .... animal trainer
Linda Strathdee .... script supervisor
Ana Valine .... assistant production coordinator
Scooby Vincent .... key production assistant (as Michelle Vincent)
Kris Wozniak .... supervising production accountant
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (uncredited)

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USA:94 min
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Females in jeopardy: With about 55 minutes remaining, Daniel hits Victoria, knocking her onto a bed, and pulls her hair. He releases her and leaves. With about 11 minutes remaining, Sam is threatened at gunpoint by Victoria, who then drugs her and using a convenient roll of duct tape binds her wrists and gags her. Sam uses a convenient letter opener to free her hands and had conveniently picked up the correct antidote earlier. After Victoria drugs Nick, Sam then engages Victoria in an epic head slamming hair pulling and punching chick fight, which Sam appears to lose. As Victoria readies another dose, Sam recovers and in round 2 uses a convenient paint palette board to hit Victoria, who lands on her own syringe and drugs herself. The police and EMS arrive and Victoria is removed on a stretcher.See more »
Continuity: Nick claimed he had tried to call for an hour and the line was out. He had in fact left a message earlier and Victoria had only disconnected the phone at the jack a few minutes earlier, which would not result in the line being out of service.See more »
Victoria Paige:[after drugging Nick] You know, for a doctor, you're incredibly dumb.See more »


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Teacher's Pet, 5 February 2015
Author: Jason Daniel Baker from Toronto, Canada

Gold digging poisoner/femme fatale extraordinaire Victoria (Erika Eleniak) is fresh from her last caper and eying a new one. She adopts a new identity and takes a job in a small town as a schoolteacher.

Quickly she targets a wealthy young couple with two children, one of whom is a pupil of hers. She becomes best friends with the wife and her gullible husband and continues to weasel her way into their lives stealthily threatening all that they hold dear. They come to find that the truth about Victoria is much darker than they ever could have imagined but it might be too late.

Eleniak was Playboy magazine's Miss July for 1989. Often people define her by that title only. But she is arguably the very best of Playboy Playmates turned Hollywood actresses. In fact she was an actress (Child star) before she ever posed for Playboy. That was her in E.T. getting kissed by Elliott in the classroom scene. In feature film roles like Under Siege and Chasers she was more than passable. In this one however she bit off way more than she could chew and it comes off like a bad caricature.

Ex-TV star Patricia Kalember (Thirtysomething) is not very convincing in her role as the wife/heroine. She does not play the role as the classic passive victim we are used to seeing in movies. Her own pro-activeness actually gets her into trouble and allows her to shape the plot.

But she seems to look down upon the material here as well as the production itself. I do not just find her unconvincing as the character she plays. I actually think her distaste for the work she has settled for in this drek comes through despite whatever professional face she may have put on during shooting. She looks like she knows this one was headed direct to video or cable. Could she have known where it really did end up? Specifically, it is being marketed as a discount item for sale in dollar stores by an outfit known as Direct Source Special Products. Can you guess what price it commands? This looks like a TV movie and plays much like any movie of the week has but particularly like the not very good ones. It gives you some idea of why TV movies of the week are looked down on by audiences and often snubbed by actors who are offered roles in them.

The controversial subject matter designed to win over audiences is another one of those Hollywood thriller clichés. Eleniak's character is to teachers here what Glenn Close was to mistresses in Fatal Attraction.

As in other movies made for the small screen much of what is shown is sanitized, the supporting characters are played by no-name actors and the location is British Columbia doubling for the American Pacific Northwest. Casting was actually key in producing the dud that this turned out to be. The no-name actors in supporting roles are no-names for a reason. A non-descript guy portraying a Floridian victim of the title temptress spouts off his lines with an unmistakable Canadian accent.

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