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Private Lessons (1981)

R | | Comedy | 28 August 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 (novel), 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 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:

When EMANUELLE's Sylvia Kristel is your teacher the bedroom is the classroom [DVD Australia] See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 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
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie was remade in 1985 in Italy about four years after this film was released. The picture was called Il peccato di Lola (1984), it's literal English translation being "The Sin of Lola". See more »

Goofs

It is obvious that a body double for Sylvia Kristel is used during the nude scenes - Kristel's nipples are not as protuberant as those of her double, Judy Helden. See more »

Quotes

Sherman: You what? You asked her to marry you? What are you sick?
Philly: Yeah, I know, I should have played cool. I should have strung her along for awhile. That's the way you have to treat women.
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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

Referenced in Red Oaks: Lost and Found (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

You're In My Heart
Performed by Rod Stewart
Composed by Rod Stewart
Publisher: Riva Music
Courtesy of: Riva Records, Inc.
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Sylvia Kristel and Eric Brown are quite sexy in Private Lessons
5 August 2010 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Okay, after about 27 years of only seeing the first 30 minutes of this movie on HBO (due to my fears of my parents finding out that their then-teenage son was watching something R-rated), I finally saw the whole thing today on a used VHS tape that still had a clear picture. In summation, I mostly found this movie mostly humorously touching concerning the sex scenes between Sylvia Kristel and Eric Brown (who was 16-playing-15 when he filmed this), pretty hilarious whenever the ridiculous blackmail plot goes into gear during the second half (though I thought it was a mistake to intentionally film the "burial" of Nicole in such a not-so-serious manner), and just nostalgic whenever many of the Top 40 hits of the late '70s play on the soundtrack. Not a great film but Private Lessons was mostly entertaining. P.S. The movie's writer, Dan Greenburg who has a cameo as a motel clerk, is from my birthtown of Chicago, Ill.


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