Alvin Purple

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Alvin Purple (1973, AUS) is a Sex-Comedy film directed by Tim Burstall. It is followed by Alvin Purple Rides Again.

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Main Details

  • Released in 1973 | Color
  • Running Time: 95 min | USA:87 min
  • Production Co: Bi-Jay | Hexagon Productions
  • Distribution Co: Sands Film Company (1974) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Tim Burstall
  • Written by Alan Hopgood
  • Produced by Tim Burstall, Alan Finney
  • Original Music by Brian Cadd
  • Cinematography by Robin Copping
  • Film Editing by Edward McQueen-Mason

Also Known As

  • The Sex Therapist (USA)


  • ...the bloke who has everything except inhibitions ... leader of the comedy revolution!!
  • He puts more than a little color in girls cheeks!
  • Australia's first big (R) comedy
  • We did it for Alvin!
  • He puts more than a little color into girls' cheeks.


Alvin Purple was a 1973 Australian sexploitation comedy film starring Graeme Blundell, written by Alan Hopgood and directed by Tim Burstall. Despite largely negative reviews from local critics, it was a major hit with Australian audiences and it became the most commercially successful Australian film ever released up to that time, breaking the previous box office record set by Michael Powell's pioneering Anglo-Australian comedy feature They're a Weird Mob, which had been released in 1966. The score and title theme were composed by iconic Australian singer-songwriter Brian Cadd. A 1974 film sequel Alvin Purple Rides Again toned-down the sex scenes and nudity, adding more camp comedy. This was followed by a 1976 Australian Broadcasting Corporation situation comedy television series titled Alvin Purple. Blundell reprised the title role in both, as well as in the 1984 movie Melvin, Son of Alvin.

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