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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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Comedy

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

Quotes

[Wing Commander Morten, dressed in a French maid's uniform, is dragged along the corridor to the cells after a police raid on the brothel]
Morten: [yells] I am retired officer of the RAF, twice decorated. I flew two hundred and seven missions over occupied territory - in bra and panties!
Policeman: You're a disgrace.
[the cell door slams shut]
Morten: [yells, with hands on hips] This is no way to treat a lady!
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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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Version of Wish You Were Here (1987) See more »

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In the Bleak Midwinter
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Tongue in cheek (anyone's cheek that is)
1 January 1999 | by (East London, England) – See all my reviews

Julie Walters (ex-nurse) is brilliant in her portrayal of a seedy London brothel owner. Very English comedy - which sends itself up and has just the right amount of "Carry On" element to make it work. As Julie herself says in the film "fresh from a chicken's gonga".


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