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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 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
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Edward
Alan Bowyer ...
David Painter
Anthony Carrick ...
Edgar (as Antony Carrick)
Beverley Foster ...
Elizabeth
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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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Henkilökohtaista  »

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

The only film directed by Terry Jones that he didn't write or star in. 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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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 »

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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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User Reviews

 
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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