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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 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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Comedy

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Trivia

Upon theatrical release, this movie was banned in Ireland. Only four movies were banned in Ireland at the time, and three of them, Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979), The Meaning of Life (1983), and this movie, were directed by Terry Jones. 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

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Madam Cyn's Home Movies (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
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Music by Franz Xaver Gruber and lyrics by Joseph Mohr
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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 (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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