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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
Anthony Carrick ... Edgar (as Antony Carrick)
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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Henkilökohtaista See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,744,164
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Upon theatrical release, the film was banned in Ireland. Only four films were banned in Ireland at the time and three of them (Life of Brian (1979), The Meaning of Life (1983), and this film) were 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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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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Referenced in The Meaning of Making 'The Meaning of Life' (2003) See more »

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Happy Copacabana
(uncredited)
Music by Rolf Kulander (uncredited)
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User Reviews

 
what a great movie
3 March 2004 | by nycwoofboySee 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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