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The Sex Therapist (1973)

Alvin Purple (original title)
Waterbed salesman Alvin consults 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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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.

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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:

AUD200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project. See more »

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Featured in Twisted Sex Vol. 19 (1998) See more »

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A 70s Aussie sexploitation film with very little sexy about it.
6 November 2010 | by TheSteelHelmetReturnsSee all my reviews

Opening with an act of sexual assault Alvin Purple chronicles the adventures of Greame Blundell's sexual addiction and the difficultly of finding an Australian actress with an attractive face. The film flashes back to Purple's high school years where the same problems exist along with every leading male in an Australian film or television show looking exactly the same for forty years. For a counter cultural sexploitation film it has no qualms with using Benny Hill material. We skip to Alvin's 21st birthday where we're introduced to the various middle aged homosexual relatives in Alvin Purple's life along with a montage of bogan disco and the viewer begins feeling frustrated and wondering when an attractive actress will appear in this film. Well after watching some very awkward, uncomfortable nudity and sex scenes akin to walking in on your parents naked there appears to be some solace about twenty three minutes in with a very satisfying homage to equestrian sports somewhat marred by indulgent psychedelic (lazy) coverage and editing. Anyway, we go through a number of pointless episodic sequences of Alvin as a waterbed salesman we're introduced to Purple's psychiatrist who works with the sex addict's obsession and lack of pleasure. This leads to more episodic sequences and Benny Hill sketches eventually leading to Purple being a sex therapist again letting the viewer wait until an attractive female appears on screen. In this case it's 50 minutes into the film. Of course, this brothel of one is uncovered, Purple goes to court and the film ends with a 70s car chase. It's all very uncreative, unsuspenful and uninteresting and most likely because of its budgetary limits and crappy screenplay so eagerly looking for respect or mainstream appeal when it should just accept its sexploitation leanings.


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