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Private Lessons (1981)

R | | Comedy | 10 June 1981 (USA)
An immigrant housemaid seduces a 15-year-old boy and later fakes her own death as part of his chauffeur's blackmail plot. Troubles arise when the two start to fall in love.

Director:

Alan Myerson

Writers:

Dan Greenburg (based on the novel: "Philly" by), Dan Greenburg (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sylvia Kristel ... Mallow
Howard Hesseman ... Lester
Eric Brown ... Philly
Patrick Piccininni Patrick Piccininni ... Sherman
Ed Begley Jr. ... Jack Travis
Pamela Jean Bryant ... Joyce (as Pamela Bryant)
Meridith Baer ... Miss Phipps
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Fillmore
Peter Elbling ... Waiter
Beans Morocco Beans Morocco ... Green (as Dan Barrows)
Dan Greenburg Dan Greenburg ... Hotel Owner
Marian Gibson Marian Gibson ... Florence
Judy Helden Judy Helden ... Miss Kristel's Double
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Storyline

Phillip Filmore is a naive, 15-year-old, preoccupied with sex, who develops a crush on Nicole Mallow, the new 30-something, French housekeeper and sitter to look after him when Phillip's father is out of town for the summer on a "business" trip. But Mr. Filmore's unscrupulous chauffeur, Lester Lewis, takes advantage of Phillip's crush on Nicole to hire her to seduce the youth, then draws her into a plot to fake her own death in a blackmail scheme aimed to drain Phillip's trust fund. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What happened to him should happen to you See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

First cinema movie directed by Alan Myerson in eight years, Myerson's last having been 1973's Steelyard Blues (1973). See more »

Goofs

Philly's school, "Fredrick Douglass High School," misspells the name of Frederick Douglass (1818 - 1895). See more »

Quotes

Philly: I'd just like to say one thing before we start.
Mallow: What?
Philly: Um, that I respect you. I don't think that you're a whore or anything like that.
Mallow: That's very sweet of you Philly.
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Alternate Versions

All UK versions are substantially cut by the BBFC under the Protection of Children Act. A total of 3 minutes 20 secs were originally removed from all scenes showing a nude Sylvia Kristel and the boy in the same shot - thus heavily reducing the striptease, bath and 2 sex scenes. The 2006 release has been pre-edited by the distributors and suffers the same cuts. See more »

Connections

Followed by Private Lessons II (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

I Need A Lover
Performed by John Mellencamp (as John Cougar)
Composed by John Mellencamp (as John "Cougar" Mellencamp)
Publisher: G.H. Music, Ltd.
Administered in the U.S. and Canada by H.G. Music, Inc.
Courtesy of: Riva Records, Inc.
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Youthful Reminiscence
8 February 2006 | by kimballtronSee all my reviews

The last time I saw this movie before getting the newly-released DVD was back in my childhood, let's say 6th or 7th grade. Back then, the naughty scenes were quite exciting and the plot was good for a giggle. And of course young, awkward boys enjoy some small hope that one day they will become more suave through kind experiences of female beauty. On general principal I thought I should add the DVD to my collection. Overall, I was not disappointed.

One major detraction I didn't remember seeing before was the crude white-paint censor blots in the two full-frontal nude scenes (boooooo!). This film has a few details on refused-classification.com which suggest that it might have been doctored in this way in order to gain its R rating, even back in 1982. I wonder why it was not offered with a "director's cut" as a special feature of the DVD (e.g. "Dressed to Kill") - artistically speaking, I would rather have a scene cut than done up with something so cheesy and distracting as a censor box (shame!).

This movie is what it is - for me it represents just a little piece of my childhood, and contains a few moments that were interesting to revisit. If the features of the DVD had been more complete I would have given it about an 8. I'm hoping I will be amused by the commentary when I hear it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Philly See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,279,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$26,279,000
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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