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Personal Services (Special Edition) [DVD]

Julie Walters , Alec McCowan , Terry Jones    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Julie Walters, Alec McCowan, Shirley Stelfox, Danny Schiller, Victoria Hardcastle
  • Directors: Terry Jones
  • Producers: Tim Bevan
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jun 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O79FOG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,989 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A waitress (Julie Walters), tired of not being able to make ends meet, starts to oversee the activities of the prostitutes to whom she sublets bedsits and is soon a fully fledged madame, running a brothel that caters mostly to middle-aged men with kinky requirements. Based loosely on notorious Cynthia Payne (aka 'Madame Cyn') whose respectable clients could pay using luncheon vouchers.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars House of Cyn! 13 Oct 2008
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
It's quickly apparent that Julie Walters was the perfect choice for the part of Cynthia Payne, the girl-next-door prostitute who might actually be the girl next door. Having been immortalised as the hunchback dithering tea lady in `Acorn Antiques', it's easy to forget how naturally attractive she was in the `80s when she seemed to make a career from playing women who rise from nothing using nothing but grit and perseverance.

The film shows the grotty side of the seedy houses and exploited women - but only briefly. The film becomes a dark comedy before turning into an all out `Carry On...' style farce. But once this goes, the story around her relationship with her son and dad helps to add depth once more.

Just as it seems that Terry Jones abandoned the more poignant aspect of prostitution in favour of a cheeky romp, we get a very symbolic ending which wraps the film up nicely.

In a nutshell: A film which shows Cynthia Payne as a victim, a hero, and at times the bully. This has an 18 certificate but today this would no doubt get a 15 rating, apart from the odd pair of boobs and some mentions of sexual acts - there's nothing to particularly offend. I can't help but think that this film presents the underbelly of British life better than many other films.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal Services DVD 15 Oct 2009
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I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film! What more can I say, we laughed, we laughed our rudy heads off. This film is a classic of it's genre and I do heartily recommend viewing it. Top draw!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely hilariously kinky and excellent film. 10 April 2009
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I've seen this film years ago, and wanted to buy my own copy of it, and I forgot just how hilarious it is, Julie Walters was perfect for this role; based on the life of the fabulous Cynthia Payne (who is in an interview in the Special Features section on the disc). From start to finish, the film will keep you on the edge of your seat - that is if you don't slide off it first... ;-) It was nice to see 'Blakey' (off the On the Buses TV programme) in it the film too, lmao! I nearly spat my drink all over the cat when I saw him!

The final scene in the courtroom is soooo entertaining!

A great film and one to definately buy - and to watch more than once.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the life story of Cynthia Payne! 28 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
This film is good adult entertainment that clearly states it is not the life story of Cynthia Payne!

It is a film of a purely adult nature. It is humorous throughout with good characterisation.

Is it a true story? Well that's up to you!

Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing and Interesting Viewing 14 Sep 2010
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Very interesting take shaped round Madam Cyn.

Still am curious to find a video autobiography on the woman. But this is an amusing distraction. Captured the British spirit perfectly! Watched it over and over again x
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 July 2014
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Too young to play Cynthia.. Allegedly Beryl Reid was Ms Payne's first choice...
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 19 May 2014
By maggie
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I watched this film years ago so decided to order it so I could watch it again. It's very naughty but not in a nasty way. Julie Walters,as usual,is fabulous and hilariously funny as is the whole cast
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Julie's Best! 15 May 2014
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This is an excellent crisp and sharp full version of the entertaining film. Most will agree that this is one of the best performances by Julie Walters, therefore this is a must film for any of her fans. However, as I understand it, Cynthia Payne's first choice to play her in this title was Beryl Reid. Unfortunately Beryl was unwell back then, and the film makers had to reconsider. No doubt Beryl would've done an equally successful job of the part too - I can really imagine her as Cynthia Payne. That said, Julie is really fabulous in the film, and the script is very witty too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good romping fun
Published 7 days ago by I. Gosling
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bargain thank you
Published 11 days ago by Valie
5.0 out of 5 stars sexy Edna and julie walters not bad either, join the que girls.
Respect to Edna from Emmerdale in her earlier years .... and yes I would. :-) and Julie Walters looked awesome.
Published 3 months ago by david webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
Again bought as a gift so not sure what it was like but had no bad reviews back on it so must've been good ..xx
Published 3 months ago by sammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal services
fabulous film, watched it many times and still love it more each time i watch, lovely to see Edna from Emmerdale in a more dominating role lol
Published 5 months ago by Cari
5.0 out of 5 stars personal services
faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaabulous a cracking piece of entertainment julia walters at her finest sassy funny and brill what more can u ask for
Published 5 months ago by mjgriffiths
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
If you are a Julie Walters fan, you will love this film, based on the life of Cynthia Payne. Don't miss it !!
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Tracey Christopher-Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Did what it said on the Box
Connected it up, programmed the remote and Bingo worked straight away and with a distance of 20 Meters.
A good deal I say.
Published 8 months ago by Keith Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
This is Julie Walters at her best as usual. Edna Birch in Emmerdale as you have never seen her before. This DVD is hilarious.
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars film
very funny film again I could not find on the high street so was very glad to find it on amazon
Published 9 months ago by Nick
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