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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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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
Anthony Carrick ...
Edgar (as Antony Carrick)
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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brothel | landlord | tax | s&m | pervert | See All (52) »

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15 May 1987 (USA)  »

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Henkilökohtaista  »

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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, police officers Lennox and Timms are planning to charge Christine]
Lennox: We're looking to make several charges - including possessing obscene articles for gain, selling liquor without a licence, running a disorderly house and keeping a brothel.
Christine Painter: I just perform a service.
Timms: You *will* go down for this.
Christine Painter: I only go down for a price, dear, and I doubt if you could afford it.
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what a great movie
3 March 2004 | by (barcelona, spain) – See all my reviews

beautifully acted, unexpectedly moving, hilarious, and at times very, very dirty, this film is "inspired by" the life of cynthia payne, one of the most notorious madame's in britain's history - julie walters is brilliant as a woman who evolves from a waitress struggling to make her rent, to a successful businesswoman running a brothel that caters only to "kinky sorts"

  • through all of it, she raises a son, forces her father to come to terms


with the person his daughter has become, and has difficulty with the "charles and diana" ideal of love that she can never find for herself - perhaps the greatest quality of this film, though, is its ability to shock at every turn - just when you thought you'd seen just how honestly funny kinky sex can be, think again...


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