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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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After School ... Her Lessons Began With Sex and Ended in Violence. 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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Production Co:

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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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 »

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During the pool scene at Sean's house, when he is pushed into the pool, water splashes onto the camera lens. For the rest of the shot, it is apparent when focus on the lens is changed because the drops rotate around the center of the shot. See more »

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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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The Teacher
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Sung by Jackie Ward
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Fortunately Angel Tompkins Takes Off Her Top Early In the Movie
7 August 2005 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

One of those movies that gives 1970s film-making a bad name. It also gives us a topless Angel Tompkins, the return of Anthony James (the "Fowl Owl" on-the-prowl diner counterman from "In the Heat of the Night"), and the strangulation murder of Jay North (the fulfillment of every long-suffering "Dennis the Menace" viewer's fantasy).

From a budget and production value perspective this thing is about as rough as they get; even "Billy Jack" looks stylish and slick in comparison.. It looks like they shot it over a long three-day weekend. The score is so bad that it is actually amusing. When you figure 1974 was the heyday of groups like Deep Purple" and "The Allman Brothers" you wonder where they found someone still composing lounge music.

Given the recent activities of several young female teachers the main story is fairly credible although it was probably inconceivable and exploitative back in 1974. And teacher salaries must have been different back then because this young woman lives in a house with a large swimming pool, owns a nice boat, and drives a new corvette.

Unfortunately the movie has one story too many, with a obsessive psycho subplot that just doesn't fit with the teacher-student seduction stuff. The psycho (Mr.Fowl Owl himself) lives in an abandoned grain elevator across from the marina and spends his time spying on the teacher. He watches her through a pair of binoculars that black out everything but two circles (ever notice that this is not what you see with real binoculars?). In case that isn't enough to convince you that he is nuts, he drives a white hearse and stores all his possessions in a candy apple red glitter coffin.


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