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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.

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Cast

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

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$1,744,164 (USA)
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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Hordern was offered the role of Wing Commander Morten before Alec McCowen was cast. See more »

Quotes

[during a police raid on the brothel]
Jones: [to Lennox, a senior police officer] This is the woman and these are the premises on which I have kept observation over the last three months. This house has been operating as brothel during that time.
Lennox: You've heard the officer. What have you got to say?
Christine Painter: If I'd known he'd been out there all that time I'd have asked him in for a cup of tea.
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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 Madam Cyn's Home Movies (2006) See more »

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O Come All Ye Faithful
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Based on Facts from Cynthia Payne
3 April 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is a forgotten British Masterpiece, if only for its portrayal of something we still find difficult to come to terms with now in 2016. Everyone has a little inside them of what is shown here, awakening that, sometimes is beyond our own choices, but for us to begin to understand what makes people tick, this film really needs to be watched. There is a little nudity, but more important, there is good all round acting and a solid belief when you reach the end that your time has not been wasted. If you can indeed find a copy i fully recommend you open a bottle of wine, get out the popcorn, close the curtains, lock the door, put out the granny, and enjoy.


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