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Writer:
Alejandro Jodorowsky (written by)
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Release Date:
15 April 1971 (Mexico) See more »
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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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Cast

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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
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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:
Years later, Alejandro Jodorowsky, ashamed of the part he forced his own son to play, invited him to his house. He went with his son to the backyard and asked him to dig. Inside the hole, there was an old teddy bear and an old picture of her mother, and Alexandro said: "Now you are 8 years old, and you have the right to be a kid".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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40 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
A religious allegorical western of redemption with surrealist imagery., 12 July 2005
Author: NateManD from Bloomsburg PA

"El Topo", is probably Jodorowsky's most talked about film next to "Santa Sangre". Like all his films it is bizarre and full of symbolism. El Topo is a cowboy dressed in black. He is out for vengeance, kind of like the Biblical God of the old testament. Him and his son ride through a town of massacred civilians. He wants justice and to win the heart of a girl, Mara. He gives up his only son, in an act that could be looked at like God, or even Abraham. He has to kill seven master gunfighters. After all the violence and carnage, he is injured and taken under the care of cripples, dwarfs and other various misfits. He is reborn, almost like a Bhuddist monk. He becomes like the new testament God, Jesus Christ. El Topo is now like a savior to the oppressed. He vows to dig a tunnel out of the cave so the cripples can live among the villagers. The town is taken over by religious fanatics. Poor villagers are branded with the religious icon by force. An upper class of elitists now dominate the town. "El Topo" is beautiful, and chocked full of violent and disturbing imagery. The film became a popular cult sensation in the early 70's. It was embraced by the likes of John Lennon, Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson, Peter Gabriel and Pink Floyd. More recently celebrities like Marilyn Manson and the Coen Brothers have talked about being strongly influenced by Jodorowsky's work. "El Topo" is important, because it was the first midnight movie. If people could forget about "the Rocky Horror Picture Show" just for a second, they'd realize that this is one of the most important cult films. A bizarre and surreal western that can never be imitated. The only 3 surreal westerns I can think of to pre-date "El Topo" that have many similarities are Brazilian director Glauber Rocha's "Black God, White Devil" (1964) and his follow up "Antonio Das Mortes" (1969) and the Italian Spaghetti western "Django, Kill if you Live, Shoot" (1967).

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