Alvin Rides Again
|Alvin Rides Again|
|Directed by||David Bilcock
|Produced by||Tim Burstall|
|Written by||Alan Hopgood
|Music by||Brian Cadd|
|Edited by||Edward McQueen-Mason|
|Box office||$1,880,000 (Australia)|
Alvin Rides Again is a 1974 Australian sex-comedy film sequel to Alvin Purple. It was directed by David Bilcock and Robin Copping, who were regular collaborators with Tim Burstall. It was rated M unlike its predecessor which was rated R. Alvin Rides Again still features a lot of full frontal nudity.
Alvin Purple is unable to hold down a job because of his appeal to women. He and his friend Spike help a team of women cricketers win a match by playing in drag, and decide to spend their share of the prize money in a casino. Alvin discovers he is identical in appearance to gangster Balls McGee. When Balls is killed, Alvin is forced to take his place.
- Graeme Blundell as Alvin Purple/Balls McGee
- Alan Finney as Spike Dooley
- Gus Mercurio as Jake
- Noel Ferrier as The Hatchet
- Abigail as Mae
- Jon Finlayson as The Magician
- Kris McQuade as Mandy
- Chantal Contouri as Boobs la Touche
- Jeff Ashby as Loopy Snieder
- Frank Wilson as House Detective
- Ross Bova as The Dwarf
- Briony Behets as Girl in Taxi
- Arna-Maria Winchester as Nancy
- Frank Thring as Fingers
- Clare Balmford as Employment Clerk
- Dina Mann as Woman Cricketer +cat
- Candy Raymond as Girl in Office
- Esme Melville as Cleaning Lady
- Reg Gorman as Bookmaker
- Terry Gill as Male Barracker
- John Michael Howson as Bell Boy
- Maurie Fields as Garage Proprietor
Tim Burstall said neither he, Alan Hopgood or Graeme Blundell were particularly interested in making a sequel to Alvin Purple but the film was so successful, Hexagon Productions wanted a follow up. Blundell wanted to avoid being typecast so a story was created which gave him a chance to play a double role. Burstall, who claims he wrote most of the script with Al Finney, says that:
When it came to the crunch, Blundell failed to differentiate between paying Balls and playing Alvin pretending to be Balls. In my view, the film fails for precisely that reason, i.e. Alvin is lost.
Alvin Rides Again was the recipient of some more controversy when it was released but was only rated M. It did not perform as well as its predecessor but still grossed $600,000 by the end of 1977 and ended up taking $1,880,000 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $12,690,000 in 2009 dollars.
John D. Lamond, who worked on the film's release, thought the filmmakers made a mistake making it "less sexy, because they didn’t want to lose any potential audience... So the second one wasn’t rated R and it flopped, fell on its arse after the first month."
Alvin Rides Again was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in April 2011. The DVD is compatible with region codes 2 and 4 and includes special features such as the theatrical trailer, picture gallery and interviews with Tim Burstall, Alan Hopgood and Robin Copping.
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- David Stratton, The Last New Wave: The Australian Film Revival, Angus & Robertson, 1980 p30
- Scott Murray, 'Tim Burstall', Cinema Papers Sept-Oct 1979 p495
- Film Victoria - Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
- Interview with John Lamond, Mondo Stumpo, early 2002 accessed 14 October 2012
- "Umbrella Entertainment". Retrieved 8 May 2013.