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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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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:

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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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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

[Being interviewed by the police after the raid on the brothel]
Christine Painter: It's just like a Tupperware party, really. But I sell sex instead of plastic containers. If the wives were willing, I'd be out of a job, wouldn't I? But they go off sex - they'd rather sell Tupperware, ha-bloody-ha. Sex soon goes out of a marriage. I'm a bit old-fashioned, really - I believe in marriage. Men are animals, sexually. They don't talk a *bit* of sense till you've got them de-spunked. Women are more affectionate. They ...
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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 Madam Cyn's Home Movies (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come All Ye Faithful
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Lyrics by Frederick Oakeley and music by John Reading
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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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