Personal Services

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Personal Services
Personal services poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Terry Jones
Produced by Tim Bevan
Written by David Leland
Starring Julie Walters
Shirley Stelfox
Alec McCowen
Danny Schiller
Tim Woodward
Music by John Du Prez
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Edited by George Akers
Production
  company
Zenith Entertainment
Distributed by Vestron Pictures
Release date(s)
  • May 15, 1987 (1987-05-15) (United States)
Running time 105 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $1,744,164[1][2]

Personal Services is a 1987 British comedy film directed by Terry Jones and written by David Leland. It is the story of the rise of a madam of a suburban brothel which caters to older men. The story is inspired by the real experiences of Cynthia Payne, the legendary "House of Cyn" madam.

Plot[edit]

Christine Painter (Julie Walters) is a sexually naive waitress and single-mother who pays for her teenage son's tuition by renting flats to local tarts. She later becomes a call girl herself - joining her friend Shirley (Shirley Stelfox) and their "maid" Dolly (Danny Schiller) - and specializes in fetish/kink roleplay with older gentlemen. With her new family of friends and admirers, she becomes a huge sensation leading to wealth and infamy in the tabloids. The brothel business also brings out Christine's self-confidence, and leads to repairing a previously strained relationship with her father.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film made a small profit.[2]

Ban[edit]

The film was banned in the Republic of Ireland upon theatrical release. At the time, there were four films that were banned in Ireland, and Jones had directed three of them (Personal Services, Monty Python's Life of Brian, and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Personal Services at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ a b Olins, Rufus. "Mr Fixit of the British Screen." Sunday Times [London, England 24 Sept. 1995: 9[S]. The Sunday Times Digital Archive.] Web. 29 Mar. 2014.

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