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The Sex Therapist (1973)

Alvin Purple (original title)
Australian waterbed salesman Alvin Sees a psychiatrist about his irresistibilty to women

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Tim Burstall

Writer:

Alan Hopgood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Graeme Blundell ... Alvin
Abigail ... Girl in See-Through
Lynette Curran ... First Sugar Girl
Christine Amor Christine Amor ... Peggy
Dina Mann Dina Mann ... Shirley
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ... Mr. Horwood
Jill Forster ... Mrs. Horwood
Frederick Parslow Frederick Parslow ... Alvin's Father
Valerie Blake Valerie Blake ... Alvin's Mother
Alan Finney Alan Finney ... Spike Dooley
Gary Down Gary Down ... Roger Hattam
Elli Maclure ... Tina
Peter Aanensen Peter Aanensen ... Ed Cameron
Jenny Hagen Jenny Hagen ... Agnes Jackson
Kris McQuade ... Samantha
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Storyline

Alvin is a quiet, urban Australian male who finds himself the unlikely object of female lust. The film tracks him from his schooldays through early jobs - water-bed salesman, sex therapist where he seeks psychiatric help to solve his problems. His psychiatrist is, of course, a woman. He ultimately falls in love with the one girl who doesn't throw herself at him. She becomes a nun, and he ends up a gardener in the convent's garden, but even then he inflames the nuns with a desire to fornicate with him. Written by lament

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Australia's first big (R) comedy See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1974 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

AUD 200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture. See more »

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Referenced in Boronia Boys (2009) See more »

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A classic tale of sex and alienation
27 March 1999 | by nealpatSee all my reviews

A tremendous film that is an excellent example of the Ocker films that characterized Australian cinema in the early 70s. Alvin Purple is not a good looking man, in fact you could say that he is pretty ugly. Nor is he funny or a man of great character in any sense. But somehow, for reasons unknown, he is irresistible to women. He attracts women wherever he goes: on the bus, in the park, even just walking down the street.

The film contains a significant amount of sex and could be classified as a soft porn movie, but the sex is not for erotic purposes, but for comedic purpose as the audience cannot stop laughing as this awkward man who seems to know nothing about women has sex more times in a week than most people do in a lifetime.

But there is more to the movie than just comedic sex, the film is also a character piece as it shows the alienation that Alvin feels as he struggles to make his way through life. The multitude of sex that Alvin engages in contrasts his life of total isolation, as he tries to find someone that he can truly connect with.

This film is truly an original and a must for students of film. Australian Cinema has an amazing history and the Ocker Films and Alvin Purple are an instrumental part of it.


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