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FULL SYNOPSIS

This comedy was inspired by the true story of Cynthia Payne, a former waitress who gained fame as England's best-known (and best-liked) madame. Christine Painter (Julie Walters) is a working-class single mother who sub-leases a few inexpensive flats as a way of bringing in extra money. Christine has no particular interest in selling her body, but when she finds herself in a tight spot financially -- and notices that the prostitutes who rent her apartments are the only ones who consistently pay on time -- she decides to open a brothel. With the help of Shirley (Shirley Stelfox), an experienced prostie, and Morton (Alec McCowen), a former RAF commander with a fondness for women's undergarments, Christine opens a little place where elderly businessmen can indulge their fondness for kinky lingerie and being spanked by younger women. Soon Christine's business is booming and everyone is happy -- until the police pay her a visit. Personal Services was directed by Terry Jones, best known as a member of the Monty Python troupe; the real-life Cynthia Payne served as a technical advisor. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:May 15, 1987

Cast

Julie Walters
as Christine Painter
Alec McCowen
as Morten
Shirley Stelfox
as Shirley
Danny Schiller
as Dolly
Victoria Hardcastle
as Rose
Tim Woodward
as Timms
Peter Cellier
as Mr. Marples
Dave Atkins
as Sydney
Leon Lissek
as Mr. Popozogolou
Shulie Bannister
as The Woman
Janie Booth
as Court Usher
Alan Bowyer
as David Painter
Bernard Brown
as John
Lorraine Brunning
as Angela
Antony Carrick
as Edgar
Clare Clifford
as Fay
Anthony Collin
as Mr. Webb
Michelle Collins
as June
Arthur Cox
as Lennox
Joanna Dickens
as Gloria
Pamela Duncan
as Jackie
Rupert Holliday Evans
as Terry
Beverly Foster
as Elizabeth
Helen Gemmell
as Jenny
Sheila Gill
as Mrs. Winter
Arthur Hewlett
as Mr. Francis
Ewan Hooper
as Edward
Paul Imbusch
as Solicitor
Terry Jones
Jagdish Kumar
as Mr. Shah
Stanley Lebor
as Jones
Lorena Lee
as The Angel
Nigel le Vaillant
as The Man
Stephen Lewis
as Mr. Dunkley
Renny Lister
as Pat
Suzette Llewellyn
as Helen
Andrew Maclachlan
as Mr. McClellan
Andreas Markos
as Mr. Grivas
Ian McNeice
as Harry
Debbie McWilliams
Wayne Morris
as Man in Film
Michael Packer
as Ralph
Toni Palmer
as Aunt Winnie
Ron Pember
as Ron
Ivor Roberts
as Glossop
Charlotte Seely
as Diane
John Shrapnel
as Lionel
Jason Smart
as PC Hart
Nick Stringer
as PC Baker
Buddy Uzzaman
as Mr. Pater
Claire Waugh
as Girl in Film
Arthur Whybrow
as Mac
Peter Wight
as Detective Gibson
David Leland
as Mr. Pilkington/Danielle
Benjamin Whitrow
as Mr. Marsden
Antony Carrick
as Edgar
Ivor Roberts
as Glossop
Alan Bowyer
as David Painter
Bernard Brown
as John
Nick Stringer
as PC Baker
Stanley Lebor
as Jones
Paul Imbusch
as Solicitor
Rupert Holliday Evans
as Terry
Beverly Foster
as Elizabeth
Claire Waugh
as Girl in Film
John Shrapnel
as Lionel
Jagdish Kumar
as Mr. Shah
Stephen Lewis
as Mr. Dunkley
Joanna Dickens
as Gloria
Peter Wight
as Detective Gibson
Suzette Llewellyn
as Helen
Clare Clifford
as Fay
Lorraine Brunning
as Angela
Charlotte Seely
as Diane
Janie Booth
as Court Usher
Ewan Hooper
as Edward
Anthony Collin
as Mr. Webb
Arthur Cox
as Lennox
Jason Smart
as PC Hart
Shulie Bannister
as The Woman
David Leland
as Mr. Pilkington/Danielle
Ron Pember
as Ron
Wayne Morris
as Man in Film
Sheila Gill
as Mrs. Winter
Andreas Markos
as Mr. Grivas
Arthur Hewlett
as Mr. Francis
Andrew Maclachlan
as Mr. McClellan
Renny Lister
as Pat
Nigel le Vaillant
as The Man
Arthur Whybrow
as Mac
Toni Palmer
as Aunt Winnie
Ian McNeice
as Harry
Lorena Lee
as The Angel
Buddy Uzzaman
as Mr. Pater
Helen Gemmell
as Jenny
Pamela Duncan
as Jackie
Michael Packer
as Ralph
Michelle Collins
as June

Crew

Terry Jones
Director
Tim Bevan
Producer
David Leland
Screenwriter
Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Jester Hairston
Songwriter
Helen Taylor
Songwriter
George Akers
Editor
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski
Production Designer
Jane Coleman
Art Director
Shuna Harwood
Costume Designer
Garth Marshall
Sound/Sound Designer
Cynthia Payne
Consultant/advisor
Jim Dowdall
Stunts
Debbie McWilliams
Casting
Sancia Simpson
Makeup
Jenny Shircore
Makeup
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