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Private School (1983)

Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim, who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's arch rival Jordan also has her eye on ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phoebe Cates ... Christine
Betsy Russell ... Jordan
Matthew Modine ... Jim
Michael Zorek ... Bubba
Fran Ryan ... Miss Dutchbok
Kathleen Wilhoite ... Betsy
Ray Walston ... Chauncey
Sylvia Kristel ... Ms. Copuletta
Jonathan Prince ... Roy
Kari Lizer ... Rita
Richard Stahl ... Mr. Flugel
Julie Payne Julie Payne ... Coach Whelan
Frank Aletter ... Mr. Leigh-Jensen
Frances Bay ... Birdie Fallmouth
Bill Wray Bill Wray ... Bandleader
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Storyline

Christine (Phoebe Cates), a student at an exclusive all-girls private school, is in love with Jim, who attends an academy for boys nearby. Christine's arch rival Jordan also has her eye on Jim, and she is willing to do whatever she can to steal him away. Jim's uber-slob buddy Bubba is going with Betsy, Christine's cynical friend, though he would probably be unfaithful if any other woman were willing to get near him. Bubba and his pals sneak into the girls' school dressed in drag in hopes of reaching the Promised Land (better known as the women's shower room), while Christine and Jim run away together for the weekend, though their escapade isn't as romantic as they had hoped. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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You won't believe what goes on and what comes off in ... Private School

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Private School... for Girls See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,411,861, 31 July 1983

Gross USA:

$14,049,540

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,049,540
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The customized Californian license plate of the Rolls Royce vehicle owned by Chauncey (Ray Walston) read "LEI-JEN". See more »

Goofs

When Bubba is in the sauna in the girl's locker room, he watches a girl with long dark hair held back by a chrome barrette leave the shower with a blonde girl, go to her locker, and dry off to get dressed. When he turns and looks toward the shower, the same dark-haired girl can be seen in the shower again. See more »

Quotes

Betsy: I want you to know I like a lot of, whatchamacallit, foreplay.
Bubba: [after massaging Betsy's boobs for a second] Is that enough?
Betsy: I guess so.
[they start making out passionately]
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Alternate Versions

During the seduction scene between Jordan (Betsy Russell) and Jim (Matthew Modine) in her bedroom there was a small scene shown only on the broadcast version where we see Jordan pulling the tie out of her ponytail and letting her hair down. See more »

Connections

Featured in Saturday Night Live: The Best of Robin Williams (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Breaking My Heart
Performed by Harry Nilsson
Composed by Harry Nilsson
Published by Blackwood Music, Inc.
Courtesy of RCA Records
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Bearable and bare-able!
15 December 2007 | by scott-swSee all my reviews

This was one I enjoyed in High School (and College) to see some T&A. Phoebe Cates plays Christine Ramsey, Matthew Modine plays Jim. He loves Chris, and Chris loves him. Enter Jordan Lee Jensen, played by Betsy Russell. She has the hots for Jim so she tries to break them up. In the meantime, you have plenty of T&A as Bubba tries to score and ends up in the girls shower. Sure, the plot is thin, the humor is thin, but Betsy Russell is so HOT! Probably the best scene is Russell riding topless on a horse. Even clothed this woman begs the male eye to revel and take in every inch of her skin. It's not Fast Times at Ridgemont High (also starring Cates) or The Breakfast Club--but Private School for Girls got me through those years when I wanted to see a lot of T&A. It is finally on DVD (much to the chagrin of Phoebe Cates), fully restored and in letterbox format to make the shower scene all the more pleasurable. It was about time, considering that lame movies like Night Patrol, Night of the Living Dead II and the Party Animal being put on DVD. In any case, I am truly sorry, Phoebe. However, the fans demanded it and Universal finally responded.


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