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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.

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Joyce (as Pamela Bryant)
Meridith Baer ...
Miss Phipps
Ron Foster ...
Fillmore
Peter Elbling ...
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Dan Greenburg ...
Hotel Owner
Marian Gibson ...
Florence
Judy Helden ...
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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

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

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28 August 1981 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$26,279,000
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After viewing a rough cut of the film in the summer of 1980, the producers decided to alter the film by downplaying the blackmail part of the plot and focus on the seduction of Philly by the maid. This required new footage to be filmed. See more »

Goofs

The movie is meant to take place over the summer, however when we first see Nicole she is picking oranges, which tend to ripen in December and January. See more »

Quotes

Sherman: Did you touch 'em?
Philly: What?
Sherman: Her knockers! Did you touch them?
Philly: Well, sort of.
Sherman: What do you mean, sort of? Did you or didn't you?
Philly: Well, eh, not with my hands, with my elbows.
Sherman: Doesn't that get broads hot? Touching their knockers, even with your elbows?
Philly: I don't know?
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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 See 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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