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Release Date:
28 August 1981 (USA) See more »
When EMANUELLE's Sylvia Kristel is your teacher the bedroom is the classroom [DVD Australia] See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sylvia Kristel ... Mallow

Howard Hesseman ... Lester

Eric Brown ... Philly
Patrick Piccininni ... Sherman

Ed Begley Jr. ... Jack Travis

Pamela Jean Bryant ... Joyce (as Pamela Bryant)
Meridith Baer ... Miss Phipps
Ron Foster ... Fillmore
Peter Elbling ... Waiter
Beans Morocco ... Green (as Dan Barrows)
Dan Greenburg ... Hotel Owner
Marian Gibson ... Florence
Judy Helden ... Miss Kristel's Double
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda M. Bass ... Woman in movie theater audience (uncredited)

David Lee Rawlings ... Lover boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Myerson 
Writing credits
Dan Greenburg (novel "Philly")

Dan Greenburg (screenplay)

Produced by
Jack Barry .... executive producer
Steven Bassin .... co-executive producer
R. Ben Efraim .... producer
Dan Enright .... executive producer
Irving Oshman .... co-executive producer
Maurie M. Suess .... associate producer (as Maurie Suess)
Cinematography by
Jan de Bont (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Fred A. Chulack  (as Fred Chulack)
Casting by
Erica Enright 
Art Direction by
Linda Pearl 
Makeup Department
Yvonne Curry .... makeup artist
Gigi Williams .... makeup artist
Production Management
Maurie M. Suess .... unit production manager (as Maurie Suess)
Tony Wade .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Beau Marks .... first assistant director
Stephen Sassen .... second assistant director (as Steve Sassen)
Russell Vreeland .... first assistant director
Tony Wade .... second unit director
Art Department
Kathleen Hughes .... property master
Kevin Hughes .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Andy Babbish .... sound
Gordon L. Day .... re-recording mixer
Michael Hilkene .... supervising sound editor
Mel Metcalfe .... re-recording mixer
Russ Tinsley .... sound editor
Stan Wetzel .... re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Byers .... gaffer
Kenneth J. Jones .... key grip (as Ken Jones)
Michael Paris .... still photographer
Mark Wade .... director of photography: second unit
Arledge Armenaki .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lynn Kressel .... casting: New York
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda M. Bass .... wardrobe (as Linda Bass)
Music Department
Robert Fawcett .... music editor
Other crew
Margaret Goldsmith .... production assistant
Judy Helden .... double: Miss Kristel
Robert Jellen .... insurance provider (as Bob Jellen)
Coby Turner .... continuity
James Fargo .... director: additional scenes (uncredited)
Alicia Rivera Frankl .... production executive (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"Lecciones privadas" - Argentina (imdb display title), Mexico (imdb display title), Peru (imdb display title)
"Частни Уроци" - Bulgaria (Bulgarian title)
"Частные уроки" - Soviet Union (Russian title)
"Devoirs de vacances" - Canada (French title) (imdb display title)
"Drengestreger efter skoletid" - Denmark (imdb display title)
"Hamos!... sto krevvati mou" - Greece (transliterated ISO-LATIN-1 title)
"Kylvetäänkö yhdessä, neiti Mallow?" - Finland
"La primera lección" - Spain
"Leçons très particulières" - France (imdb display title)
"Lezioni maliziose" - Italy
"Lições Privadas" - Portugal (imdb display title)
"Magánórák" - Hungary
"Primera lección" - Mexico (imdb display title)
"Uma Professora Muito Especial" - Brazil
"Zärtlich fängt die Liebe an" - West Germany
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87 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:X (original rating) | Argentina:18 (re-rating) (1985) | Australia:R (cut) | Australia:RC (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Iceland:12 | New Zealand:Objectionable (video rating) (1988) | New Zealand:R18 (cinema rating) (1982) | Norway:16 | South Korea:18 | Sweden:11 | UK:18 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) | USA:R (certificate #26192) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Eric Brown replaced another actor was originally cast as Phillip "Philly" Fillmore but was fired after eighteen days of shooting.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Some of the extras from the movie theater scene are re-used for the restaurant scene, most notably the short-haired elderly woman who is sitting with her husband at the movie and is visible at the bottom of the screen when we first see Philly and Nicole sitting at their table in the restaurant.See more »
Sherman:Who the hell takes baths with other people, except for the Japanese, I mean. Have you heard of any?
Philly:No. Nobody except the Japanese.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
You're dreaming., 16 May 2010
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Every boy's wet dream… well that's how the early 80's sex teen comedy "Private Lessons" plays out… and maybe more audacious than most with its precariously lurid context. While I wouldn't call it one of the best of its sub-genre, it still was rather a popular and influential outing that would spawn knockoffs like "Homework", "My Tutor" and to some extent "Class". This is one of those films that its best to just go along with its low-brow attitude, as its quite asinine (especially the plot progression)cringe-like (with the circumstances characters find themselves in) and smutty. But then again the hormones run wild. Older lady… young boy. What fantasy can you think up?

15 year old Philly Fillmore's father has gone away on business, where he's left home alone with Nicole the new French housemaid. Soon Philly becomes infatuated in her, but her open advancements towards him come at a surprise. While shy at first, she slowly starts gaining his affection. But unknowingly to him, his crooked chauffeur Lester has blackmailed Nicole to seduce Philly in the scheme of getting money out of him.

What the film has going for it is the iconic soundtrack of buoyant tunes from the likes of Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Crazy Horse, Air Supply and Earth, Wind & Fire. It was like a jukebox at times with some oddly placed tunes. The other distracting element (other than spending a lot time leering of its attractive female cast and extras) was that of European goddess, Emmanuelle's Sylvia Kristal as teasingly upfront foreign housemaid. She looks beautiful; the best moment arises when she seductively strips in front of a gobs-smacked Eric Brown. Although another body double was used for Kristal's nude scenes. Eric Brown plays the gawky naïve young lad Philly whose curiosity turns to obsession --- in what he believes is love for the housemaid. Howard Hesseman is good as the deviously slim bag chauffeur Lester and Ed Begley Jr. has fun with his little support role. In one humorous sequence he does his best "Dirty Harry" persona with Hesseman at the end of it. Patrick Piccininni plays Philly's obnoxious pal Sherman and Pamela Jean Bryant is Sherman's stuck-up older sister that Philly kind of fancies. Or better put likes to see naked. Ron Foster turns up as Philly's father and Dan Barrows amusingly chips in as the gardener. Also showing up in minor, but enjoyable parts are Peter Elbling, Dan Greenberg (the writer) and a delightfully titillating Meridith Baer as an uptight school teacher. It's technically well-made by director Alan Myerson and breezily paced with Greenberg's simple material.

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