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The Teacher (1974)

18-year-old Sean's first summer after completing high school is much spent with 28-year-old teacher Diane, whose husband is too often motorcycle-racing instead of with her. Wacko Ralph also... See full summary »

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Howard Avedis (as Hikmet Avedis)

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Howard Avedis
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Angel Tompkins ... Diane Marshall
Jay North ... Sean Roberts
Anthony James ... Ralph Gordon
Marlene Schmidt ... Alice Roberts
Barry Atwater ... Sheriff Murphy
Med Flory ... Joe Roberts
Rudy Herrera Jr. Rudy Herrera Jr. ... Lou Gordon
Quinn O'Hara ... Margaret Parker
Sivi Aberg Sivi Aberg ... Bonnie Nelson
Richard Winterstein Richard Winterstein ... Russell Marshall (as Dick Winterstein)
Katherine Cassavetes Katherine Cassavetes ... Gossiping Lady 1 (as Katherine Cassavettes)
Lady Rowlands Lady Rowlands ... Gossiping Lady 2 (as Lady Rolands)
Cassandra Lucas Cassandra Lucas ... Waitress
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18-year-old Sean's first summer after completing high school is much spent with 28-year-old teacher Diane, whose husband is too often motorcycle-racing instead of with her. Wacko Ralph also has "the hots" for Diane; and it doesn't help that Sean was with Ralph's younger brother, Lou, when Lou died. Written by Kim Williams <KDWms@webtv.net>

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She Corrupted The Youthful Morality of an Entire School! See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1976 (Colombia) See more »

Also Known As:

The Seductress See more »

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Budget:

$65,000 (estimated)
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Hickmar Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Katherine Cassavetes (Gossiping Lady 1) and Lady Rowlands (Gossiping Lady 2) were related by marriage as their children John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands were married from 1954 until his death in 1989. See more »

Goofs

The lunch time pool scene at Sean's place. The shadows constantly change as the scene continues. The start has radiant sunlight showering Diane and Sean. As the camera cuts to a different angle, they are covered in shade. Move back to the original angle, all sun again. Continues for a while until the end of the scene. The same can be noticed on the water of the pool. First shot shows it bathed in sun. As Bonnie gets out of the pool, it is mostly shade. See more »

Quotes

Diane Marshall: [Angel Tompkins' sexy teacher character: Diane invites reluctant student/virgin , Sean; played by Jay North into her house] Well, come on in a minute... I'm not gonna rape you.
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Featured in Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 8 (2002) See more »

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The Teacher
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Jackie Ward
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God Bless You Please, Angel Tompkins
5 May 2008 | by Fred_RapSee all my reviews

For thirty-three years I'd been jonesing to see THE TEACHER, grindhouse auteur Hikmet Avedis' homage to THE GRADUATE, which somehow eluded me during its original Times Square run. Blessed is the patient schlock film fan, for his forbearance shall be rewarded. Thanks to the miracle of DVD and the munificence of BCI Eclipse, I finally caught up with this much-touted jewel in the Crown International catalog, and am pleased to report that it was all that and a bag of Swavorski rhinestones. Like its contemporary, THE GODFATHER: PART II, THE TEACHER is daring in its narrative structure. Unlike the Coppola film it's also ludicrous in the extreme, but then you can't have everything. Part leering soft-core romp, part tender coming-of-age drama, part stalk-and-chill suspenser, the movie's mismatched ingredients come together to form a blissfully surreal, silly whole.

The cast list alone makes it deserving of enshrinement in the Psychotronic Hall of Fame.

First and foremost, there's top-billed and bottom-perfect Angel Tompkins as a middle schooler's fantasy come to life, the hubba hubba homeroom teacher who just happens to be freshly divorced, hot to trot, and living right down the block. Charming and sensitive, Tompkins gives a performance that goes above and beyond the call of booty. She invests the role with such persuasive passion that one can almost believe her attraction to a most unlikely lust object: Jay North, the actor formerly known as Dennis the Menace, age twenty-two, sporting a double chin, a perpetual smirk, a Little Lord Fauntleroy page boy, and no discernible acting talent. To his credit, North is in the moment and then some during several graphic clinches with Angel.

Mr. Wilson would have been aghast. Or green with envy. I was both.

The call sheet also includes such bizarro world superstars as Med Flory (Worshefski, the bullying football player, in THE NUTTY PROFESSOR) as North's bullying father, Barry "Janos Skorzeny" Atwater as a snoopy sheriff, BURNT OFFERING's Anthony James as a psycho stalker, and in WTF-writ large cameos, Katherine "Mother of John" Cassevetes and Lady "Mother of Gena" Rowlands as a pair of chattering restaurant patrons.


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