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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This is the only movie directed by Terry Jones in which he did not write or appear. 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

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 EastEnders: Episode #1.463 (1989) 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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Puzzling prudishness
2 April 2019 | by mi_nkaSee all my reviews

Having watched this film I need to ask why, when nobody in that 'disorderly house' was at any point abused in any way against their will, was there any need for the raid by police and prosecution. The moral prudishness that seemed to justify this is not seen when unwilling victims are assaulted, such as at workplace initiation or in many cases by bro called birthday stripp o grams. Many of these leave victims devastated, but are barely seen as wrong. I think the Brita have a very twisted idea of what is right and wrong.


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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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