6.4/10
1,054
15 user 8 critic

Personal Services (1987)

R | | Comedy | 15 May 1987 (USA)
The story of the rise of a madame of a suburban brothel catering to older men, inspired by the real experiences of Cynthia Payne.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

WATCH NOW
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Scandal (1989)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Based on the Profumo Scandal of 1963, an affair between an exotic dancer and the Minister of War shakes up the British government.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: John Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Bridget Fonda
Buster (1988)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

This movie is based on the story of Buster Edwards, one of the thieves involved in "The Great Train Robbery" of 1963.

Director: David Green
Stars: Phil Collins, Julie Walters, Larry Lamb
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Realistic story of working class Yorkshire life. Two schoolgirls have a sexual fling with a married man. Serious and light-hearted by turns.

Director: Alan Clarke
Stars: Siobhan Finneran, Michelle Holmes, George Costigan
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In post-war Britain, food rationing continues, leading a married couple to become involved in the flourishing bacon black market.

Director: Malcolm Mowbray
Stars: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Denholm Elliott
Car Trouble (1986)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

In the throes of a midlife crisis, a man buys a new Jaguar, and it immediately becomes his new love. What he doesn't know is that his wife is as attracted to the Jaguar salesman as he is to the car.

Director: David Green
Stars: Julie Walters, Ian Charleson, Vincent Riotta
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In London, the twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins the literature course in an ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams
Shadey (1985)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A young man discovers that not only does he have the ability to read minds, but that if he holds a camera next to his head he can transmit the thoughts he sees onto film. He strikes a deal ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Saville
Stars: Antony Sher, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick Macnee
Comedy | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Erik the Viking and his men travel across the sea to find Valhalla to ask the gods to end the Age of Ragnarok.

Director: Terry Jones
Stars: Tim Robbins, John Cleese, Mickey Rooney
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An American woman driving through Sicily to her father's funeral gives a cocky, streetwise kid a lift. His amorous attentions are soon obvious, and leads to a fairly obvious ending.

Director: Vito Zagarrio
Stars: Greta Scacchi, Luca Orlandini, Tim Finn
Prisoner (1979–1986)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The lives of women behind bars in a female prison.

Stars: Elspeth Ballantyne, Betty Bobbitt, Sheila Florance
Documentary | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Terry Jones guides us through the history and the nature of the economic boom-bust cycle and why people repeatedly ignore it to their sorrow.

Directors: Bill Jones, Terry Jones, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Dirk Bezemer, Zvi Bodie, Willem Buiter
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The son of a priest slain by the Mau Mau moves in with a police officer and his wife in 1950 Kenya.

Director: Harry Hook
Stars: Bob Peck, Edwin Mahinda, Phyllis Logan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Shirley Stelfox ...
Shirley
...
Danny Schiller ...
Dolly
...
Victoria Hardcastle ...
Rose
Dave Atkins ...
Sydney
...
Edward
Alan Bowyer ...
David
...
Edgar (as Antony Carrick)
Beverley Foster ...
Elizabeth
...
Mr. Popozogolou
Peter Cellier ...
Mr. Marples
...
Mr. Marsden
...
Mr. Dunkley
Edit

Storyline

The story of the rise of a madame of a suburban brothel catering to older men, inspired by the real experiences of Cynthia Payne.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 May 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Henkilökohtaista  »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,744,164
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Upon theatrical release, the film was banned in Ireland. Only four films were banned in Ireland at the time and three of them (Life of Brian (1979), The Meaning of Life (1983), and this film) were directed by Terry Jones. See more »

Quotes

[During a raid on the brothel, the police burst into a room and find a man screwing a prostitute]
Policeman: Armed police officers. Stop what you are doing.
Client: [gleefully] I don't care who you are. I'm not stopping now.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The cast and crew credits are intermingled: successive screens of credits show snapshot photographs of the main characters and the actors who played them, and at the bottom of each screen a few random crew credits are included. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Countdown: Episode #73.88 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Gruber and lyrics by Joseph Mohr
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Excellent. Seedy. Very funny.
10 June 1999 | by See all my reviews

Loved this movie. Some of the scenes make you squirm. Some unpleasant surprises that are somehow funny. Can't help but like the characters - especially the military man who needs some mahogany polished.


6 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page