DirectorTerry Jones Music directorJohn Du Prez Duration CountryUnited Kingdom
Release dateMay 15, 1987 (1987-05-15) (United States) CastJulie Walters (Christine Painter), Shirley Stelfox (Shirley), Alec McCowen (Wing Commander Morten), Danny Schiller (Dolly), Tim Woodward (Timms), Suzette Llewellyn (Helen) Similar moviesRelated Terry Jones movies
TaglineThe future lies in kinky people
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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.
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.
Julie Walters as Christine Painter
Shirley Stelfox as Shirley
Alec McCowen as Wing Commander Morten
Danny Schiller as Dolly
Tim Woodward as Timms
Victoria Hardcastle as Rose
Dave Atkins as Sydney
Ewan Hooper as Edward
Alan Bowyer as David Painter
Antony Carrick as Edgar
Beverley Foster as Elizabeth
Leon Lissek as Mr. Popozogolou
Peter Cellier as Mr. Marples
Benjamin Whitrow as Mr. Marsden
Stephen Lewis as Mr. Dunkley
Charlotte Seeley (aka Charlotte Alexandra) as Diane
The film was banned in the Republic of Ireland upon theatrical release (although the ban was lifted two months later). 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).