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A Night in Heaven (1983)

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A married college professor begins a torrid affair with her failing student, who secretly moonlights as a late-night strip-club dancer.

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John G. Avildsen

Writer:

Joan Tewkesbury
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Atkins ... Rick Monroe
Lesley Ann Warren ... Faye Hanlon
Robert Logan ... Whitney Hanlon
Deborah Rush ... Patsy
Deney Terrio Deney Terrio ... Tony
Sandra Beall Sandra Beall ... Slick
Alix Elias ... Shirley
Carrie Snodgress ... Mrs. Johnson
Amy Lyndon ... Eve
Fred Buch ... Jack Hobbs
Karen Margaret Cole Karen Margaret Cole ... Louise
Don Cox Don Cox ... Revere
Veronica Gamba Veronica Gamba ... Tammy
Joseph Gian ... Pete
Bill Hindman Bill Hindman ... Russel
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Storyline

Faye Hanlon is a prim and practical woman with a NASA engineer husband and a career as a professor at a small Florida college. Among her least favorite students is cocky Rick Monroe who is secretly paying his tuition as male stripper "Ricky the Rocket". When Faye is brought to a sweaty disco full of sweaty housewives, she is shocked to become a front-row witness to - and reluctant participant in - Ricky's explosive performance. Now each kiss has its result of actions, every lie will take its toll. And two desperate lovers will pay the ultimate price for a night in "Heaven". Written by Anchor Bay Entertainment

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When the feeling hit them, there was no place hotter than "Heaven". See more »

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Drama | Romance

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 November 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Clube das Mulheres See more »

Filming Locations:

Titusville, Florida, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,835,421, 20 November 1983

Gross USA:

$5,563,663

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,563,663
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This film has a huge gay following - because of the male audiences, because of Christopher Atkins' seductive striptease, and because Atkins (who forgot to wear underwear in the hotel scene with Lesley Ann Warren) wound up being naked in one scene. However, most of the critics as well as the audiences were hostile to this film. See more »

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When Faye and Patsy are talking at the airport, Patsy is holding her magazines with her left arm. When they hug, the magazines jump to her right arm. See more »

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Faye: I just flunked that kid!
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Faye: I just flunked that kid in my class!
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Atkins gets a Warren piece.
7 August 2005 | by noncentzSee all my reviews

Heavenly, this film is not, but I must admit that it is one of my guilty pleasures.

The story centers on a community college speech teacher (Warren) with a recently laid-off husband. Her wild sister drags her to a male strip club one night where she discovers that her lazy student (Atkins) is the star attraction. Wouldn't you know it, eventually the teacher is getting private lessons from the student. It's really about temptation and devotion and the fight between the two.

While the plot and styles are incredibly dated, thee are some things to recommend about this film. Warren gives a strong performance, doing as much with the material as she can. Her transition from constricted and conflicted wife to released vixen is convincing. Her frustrated husband, Logan, also does a fine job. Atkins is Atkins and does nothing more than offer lingering stares and lots of skin.

What makes this film a guilty pleasure is the good use of Bryan Adams' music and one of the more erotic love scenes ever filmed with someone of Warren's stature (this was around the time she blew audiences away with her Oscar-nominated performance in Victor/Victoria). If you never thought of Warren as a sexual dynamo, stick around. Some cuts of the love scene contain a shot of Atkin's manhood, which shocked me even back then.

There are some dramatic elements involving the husband and his frustrations, as well as Warren's inner conflicts, but the film is far too short to go into these too deeply.

It's not a good film by any means but I do think it tried to be something more than the trash it was. Perhaps some of the plot ended up on the dance-room floor.


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