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  • Comedy
  • 1987
  • Terry Jones
  • 100 mins
  • 18

Summary

A working-class single mother struggling to make ends meet opens her own brothel with the aid of an experienced prostitute and a transvestite RAF officer. With a clientele of elderly businessmen, business is soon booming - until the police come calling. Comedy based on the experiences of real-life madam Cynthia Payne, starring Julie Walters and Alex McCowen.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This is a gently witty, if curiously coy, attempt by director Terry Jones to re-create the odd career of "luncheon voucher madam" Cynthia Payne. Julie Walters is a good choice to portray Payne's droll matter-of-factness about the sexual proclivities of a succession of middle-aged men, but in its jolly, almost seaside postcard approach, the movie loses edge and bite. Jones and co basically bolster up the one-dimensional image of Walters's character as a cheery old duck whose early life was hard, but rich in experience, while its truly sad aspects are blithely glossed over.

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Credits

Cast

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Christine PainterJulie Walters
Wing Commander MortonAlec McCowen
ShirleyShirley Stelfox
DollyDanny Schiller
RoseVictoria Hardcastle
TimmsTim Woodward
SydneyDave Atkins

Crew

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DirectorTerry Jones

Details

Theatrical distributor
U.I.P. (UK)
Guidance
Contains swearing, sex scenes and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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