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Personal Services (1987)

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

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Christine Painter
Shirley Stelfox ...
Shirley
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Wing Commander Morten
Danny Schiller ...
Dolly
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Timms
Victoria Hardcastle ...
Rose
Dave Atkins ...
Sydney
Ewan Hooper ...
Edward
Alan Bowyer ...
David Painter
Antony Carrick ...
Edgar
Beverley Foster ...
Elizabeth
Leon Lissek ...
Mr. Popozogolou
Peter Cellier ...
Mr. Marples
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Mr. Marsden
Stephen Lewis ...
Mr. Dunkley
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The story of the rise of a madame of a suburban brothel catering to older men, inspired by the real experiences of Cynthia Payne.

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15 May 1987 (USA)  »

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$1,744,164 (USA)
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Another film from writer David Leland was also based on Cynthia Payne. That film, Wish You Were Here (1987) was based on Payne's childhood, this film was based on her life as an adult. See more »

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[At the police station after the raid on the brothel]
Christine Painter: I'm responsible - not the men. You can't expect the men to be responsible. When the balls are full, the brain is empty.
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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 »

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Referenced in The Meaning of Making 'The Meaning of Life' (2003) See more »

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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
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misbehaving Brits
26 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The story of Cynthia Payne (London's notorious 'Luncheon Voucher Madam') could have easily been made into a tawdry little sex farce, but underneath all the kinky detail is a film aspiring toward something more than just another naughty biography. Julie Walters' vivid performance, bristling with barely suppressed nervous energy, creates a memorable portrait of a working class girl who, to make ends meet, opens a cheerfully uninhibited suburban brothel catering to the milder perversions of errant older gentlemen: costume fantasies; flagellation; transvestitism, and so forth. There's plenty of wit (much of it with a sharp edge) in David Leland's screenplay, which despite its forthright lack of inhibition is remarkably tolerant of (and even sympathetic to) the shortcomings of its characters. Names have been changed to protect the innocent (and hide the guilty), but the facts are essentially true (despite a pair of disclaimers) and Terry Jones' direction shows more tact than otherwise might be expected from a former member of Monty Python's Flying Circus, a troupe never known for their subtlety or discretion.


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