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 »

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From Roger Ebert's review of Terry Jones's Erik the Viking (for which he praises Personal Services): "...Written and directed by Terry Jones, whose previous film, Personal Services, was a splendid and intelligent slice-of-life about a notorious London madam who ran a genteel brothel for elderly gents. The two films could not be less similar. I assume Erik the Viking represents some kind of comprehensive lack of judgment on Jones's part, and that he will be back among the competent in no time at all." See more »

Quotes

[At the police station after the raid on the brothel]
Christine Painter: I'm responsible - not the men. You can't expect the men to be responsible. When the balls are full, the brain is empty.
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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 »

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Version of Wish You Were Here (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Bless This House
Sung by John Parry
Composed by Mary Brahe & Helen Taylor
By permission of Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishing
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Witty and Well-done
12 January 1999 | by dima-2See all my reviews

Very funny movie, one of my favorites. The entire cast was great but Julia Walters was excellent, as always. "Popazokaloo" should have become a household word, apparently not enough people saw the movie. The scene in the loo will make you laugh till you cry. I find it interesting that the men I know that have seen the movie don't find it as amusing as the women who have viewed it do. (Watch it and draw your own conclusions about my observation.)


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Personal Services See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,897,678 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$69,821, 17 May 1987

Gross USA:

$1,744,164

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,744,164
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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