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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.

Director:

Terry Jones

Writer:

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Walters ... Christine
Shirley Stelfox ... Shirley
Alec McCowen ... Wing Commander Morten
Danny Schiller Danny Schiller ... Dolly
Tim Woodward ... Timms
Victoria Hardcastle Victoria Hardcastle ... Rose
Dave Atkins Dave Atkins ... Sydney
Ewan Hooper ... Edward
Alan Bowyer Alan Bowyer ... David
Antony Carrick ... Edgar
Beverley Foster Beverley Foster ... Elizabeth
Leon Lissek ... Mr. Popozogolou
Peter Cellier ... Mr. Marples
Benjamin Whitrow ... 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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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Henkilökohtaista See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,821, 17 May 1987

Gross USA:

$1,744,164

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,744,164
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only film directed by Terry Jones which he did not write or star in. See more »

Quotes

[During a raid on the brothel, the police burst into a room and find a man screwing a prostitute]
Policeman: Armed police officers. Stop what you are doing.
Client: [gleefully] I don't care who you are. I'm not stopping now.
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer in opening titles and end credits: "This film is a fiction. The author's inspiration was a book about Cynthia Payne. However the events recorded in the film and the characters who appear in it are wholly fictitious. This is not the life story of Cynthia Payne." See more »

Connections

Referenced in EastEnders: Episode #1.458 (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber and lyrics by Joseph Mohr
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Puzzling prudishness
2 April 2019 | by mi_nkaSee all my reviews

Having watched this film I need to ask why, when nobody in that 'disorderly house' was at any point abused in any way against their will, was there any need for the raid by police and prosecution. The moral prudishness that seemed to justify this is not seen when unwilling victims are assaulted, such as at workplace initiation or in many cases by bro called birthday stripp o grams. Many of these leave victims devastated, but are barely seen as wrong. I think the Brita have a very twisted idea of what is right and wrong.


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