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Private School (1983)

Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim, who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's arch rival Jordan also has her eye on ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Cates ... Christine
Betsy Russell ... Jordan
Matthew Modine ... Jim
Michael Zorek ... Bubba
Fran Ryan ... Miss Dutchbok
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Betsy
Ray Walston ... Chauncey
Sylvia Kristel ... Ms. Copuletta
Jonathan Prince ... Roy
Kari Lizer ... Rita
Richard Stahl ... Mr. Flugel
Julie Payne Julie Payne ... Coach Whelan
Frank Aletter ... Mr. Leigh-Jensen
Frances Bay ... Birdie Fallmouth
Bill Wray Bill Wray ... Bandleader
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Storyline

Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim, who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's arch rival Jordan also has her eye on Jim, and she is willing to do whatever she can to steal him away. Jim's uber-slob buddy Bubba is going with Betsy, Christine's cynical friend, though he would probably be unfaithful if any other woman were willing to get near him. Bubba and his pals sneak into the girls' school dressed in drag in hopes of reaching the Promised Land (better known as the women's shower room), while Christine and Jim run away together for the weekend, though their escapade isn't as romantic as they had hoped. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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You won't believe what goes on and what comes off in ... Private School

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Private School... for Girls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,411,861, 31 July 1983

Gross USA:

$14,049,540

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,049,540
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paula Abdul: Uncredited, as a cheer leader. See more »

Goofs

During the beach scene with Jim (Matthew Modine) and Chris (Phoebe Cates), gaffers tape is visible on Phoebe's left breast. See more »

Quotes

Christine Ramsey: Jordan thinks that length is the most important. What do you think?
Betsy: I think width.
Christine Ramsey: Why width?
Betsy: Because Jordan thinks length.
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Alternate Versions

Broadcast TV has some dialog between Jim and Christine before they plan to have sex in the Honeymoon Suite bed at the hotel. Jim gets undressed in the bathroom, than sits on the bed. He tries to get her to relax sensing her nervousness. The theatrical version picks up with both of them in bed together. See more »

Connections

Featured in Saturday Night Live: Robin Williams/James Taylor (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Breaking My Heart
Performed by Harry Nilsson
Composed by Harry Nilsson
Published by Blackwood Music, Inc.
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Phoebe Cates makes this film watchable.
14 April 1999 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

Okay, this movie is not great or good. I give it a "so-so" and that is being kind. However, it is a notable and highly watchable film for one reason: the parts are better than the sum. The adult characters are actually pretty good and get some laughs, and there is of course the wonderful Phoebe Cates (my favorite actress). I am Phoebe's biggest fan and seeing her in a less than stellar film makes me root for her all the more. As a woman of about her same age I identify with all of Phoebe's roles. I also admire her appearance in this film. She looks great, has the coolest cherry leotard (where can I buy one?), and her performance, as usual, is right on the mark (okay the mark is someplace pretty bad but that makes her ability to hit it all that more impressive). Phoebe Cates has been in some pretty great films...Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Bright Lights Big City, Heart of Dixie, Shag, Bodies Rest and Motion as well as some just fun ones...Paradise, Lace I and II, Gremlins 1 and 2, Date With An Angel, and Drop Dead Fred. But, Phoebe hasn't done that many films so whatever there is out there I am grateful for. Private School is not the place we wish Phoebe to be at, but since she's there we should share her experiences and be grateful. I guess what I am trying to say is that a bad movie with Phoebe Cates is better than a good film without her. And that says a lot for Phoebe Cates. If you're a guy you'll like this film because Phoebe Cates makes all men melt (at least those that like beautiful women), and if you're a gal, you'll like this film because you will identify with Phoebe Cates...she's that type of actress.


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