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Writer:
Alejandro Jodorowsky (written by)
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Release Date:
15 April 1971 (Mexico) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Definitive Cult Spaghetti Western
Plot:
El Topo decides to confront warrior Masters on a trans-formative desert journey he begins with his 6 year old son... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
NewsDesk:
(144 articles)
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User Reviews:
Easily one of the strangest movies ever made! See more (112 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alejandro Jodorowsky ... El Topo
Brontis Jodorowsky ... Hijo
José Legarreta ... Moribundo

Alfonso Arau ... Bandido 1
José Luis Fernández ... Bandido 2
Alf Junco ... Bandido 3 (as Alí Junco)
Gerardo Zepeda ... Bandido 4 (as Gerardo Cepeda)
René Barrera ... Bandido 5
René Alís ... Bandido 6
Federico Gonzáles ... Bandido 7
Vicente Lara ... Bandido 8
Pablo Leder ... Monje 1
Giuliano Girini Sasseroli ... Monje 2
Cristian Merkel ... Monje 3
Aldo Grumelli ... Monje 4
Mara Lorenzio ... La mujer
David Silva ... Coronel
Ignacio Martínez España ... Manco
Eliseo Gardea Saucedo ... Cojo
Héctor Martínez ... Maestro 1 (as Hector Martinez 'El Borrado')
Paula Romo ... Desconocida
Bertha Lomelí ... Gitana (as Berta Lomeli)
Juan José Gurrola ... Maestro 2
Víctor Fosado ... Maestro 3
Agustín Isunza ... Maestro 4
Jacqueline Luis ... Mujercita
Carlos Lavenant ... Verdugo 1
Eliseo Pereda ... Verdugo 2
Pablo Marichal ... Esclavo
Beatriz Beltrán Lobo ... Señora 1
Carmen Lamadrid ... Señora 2
Pepita González ... Señora 3
Cecilia Leger ... Señora 4 (as Cecilia Leguer)
Elvira Agosti ... Señora 5
Antonio Álvarez ... Prisonero 1 (as Antonio Alvarez)

Rueben Gonzáles ... Prisonero 2 (as Rubén González)
Víctor Manuel Osorio ... Prisonero 3
José Pérez Bustos ... Prisonero 4
Eduardo Danel ... Prisonero 5
Álvaro García ... Prisonero 6 (as Alvaro García)
José Antonio Alcaraz ... Sheriff
Felipe Díaz Garza ... Ayudante (as Felipe Diazgarza)
Patricio Pereda ... Niño
Marcos E. Contreras ... Boxeador 1
Arturo Silva ... Boxeador 2
Robert John ... Hijo del Topo
Julián de Meriche ... Cura (as Julien de Meriche)
Valerie Tremblay ... Mujer iglesia (as Valerie Trumblay)
José Luis González de León ... Hombre iglesia (as J.L. González de León)
Francisco González Salazar ... Tendero
Pedro García ... Hombre zanahoria

Directed by
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
 
Writing credits
Alejandro Jodorowsky (written by) (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Produced by
Juan López Moctezuma .... associate producer
Moshe Rosemberg .... associate producer (as Moishe Rosemberg)
Saúl Rosemberg .... associate producer
Roberto Viskin .... associate producer
Roberto Viskin .... executive producer
Mick Gochanour .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
 
Cinematography by
Rafael Corkidi (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Federico Landeros 
 
Production Design by
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
 
Art Direction by
José Durán 
 
Set Decoration by
José Luis Garduño 
 
Costume Design by
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
José Luis González de León .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Gonzalo Gavira .... sound effects engineer
Lilia Lupercio .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Miguel Garzón .... camera operator
Pedro Moreno .... chief electrician
Antonio Ruiz .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Scot Olive .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Nacho Méndez .... music arranger (as Nacho Mendez)
Nacho Méndez .... orchestrator (as Nacho Mendez)
 
Other crew
Luz María Rojas .... production assistant
Vicente Rojo .... title designer
Jorge Rubio Salazar .... production assistant (as Jorge Rubio)
Rafael Villaseñor Kuri .... script supervisor
Humberto Gurza .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Miguel Gurza .... animal wrangler (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez .... livestock coordinator (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El topo" - Mexico (original title)
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Runtime:
125 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Klangfilm)
Certification:
Australia:MA (2007 re-rating) | Australia:R (DVD rating) | Finland:K-18 | France:16 | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM18 | Japan:R15+ (2010) | Netherlands:18 | South Korea:18 | UK:18 | UK:X (original rating) (cut) | USA:Not Rated | West Germany:18
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Trivia:
Other noteworthy figures said to be fans of the film, besides John Lennon and Yoko Ono, include directors David Lynch and Samuel Fuller, actors Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, and performers Bob Dylan, Marilyn Manson, and Peter Gabriel. It has been claimed that this movie was the beginning of Gabriel's inspiration for the classic Genesis concept album, 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway'.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
El Topo:[to his son] You are seven years old. You are a man. Bury your first toy and your mother's picture.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)See more »

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55 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Easily one of the strangest movies ever made!, 24 January 2002
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

I have seen three movies by Alejandro Jodorowsky - 'El Topo', 'The Holy Mountain' and 'Santa Sangre' - each are amazing, but 'El Topo' to me is the most successful. I was almost going to say "most accessible" but that would be misleading! It's still a difficult movie, steeped in religious and occult symbolism and allegory. I doubt whether anyone but Jodorowsky himself truly "gets it", but it is still the most watchable and entertaining of the three, and the best introduction to his work.

Jodorowsky not only writes and directs he plays the title role (translates as "The Mole"), a mysterious black-clad gunfighter who claims to be God. I won't bore with a detailed retelling of the plot, but it initially involves El Topo's quest to find and fight the four masters of the desert, and ends up with him becoming part of strange community of outcasts who live underground. But there's much more to than that, just watch it for yourself.

'El Topo' was a cult favourite thirty years ago, and still stands as one of the most extraordinary movies ever made. Nobody but Jodorowsky has even come close to repeating it. Currently difficult to find, but persevere, it's worth looking for. A truly unique piece of cinema that no-one who watches will ever forget!

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