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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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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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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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Based on the life of Cynthia Payne, alias Madam Cyn. A stellar cast includes Julie Walters and the late Shirley Stellfox. Naughty parties galore!!Published 1 month ago by Mel Smith
So funny and such a classic after all these years still a good watchPublished 2 months ago by carol stow
Great British film by a great cast. And shows what hypocrites we are when it come to sex.