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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:
A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Not for the weak of heart… See more (116 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
Ali 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)
"The Mole" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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Runtime:
125 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Klangfilm)
Certification:
Australia:R18+ (original rating) | Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2007) | Canada:16+ | Canada:R | 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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Did You Know?

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 his 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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)See more »

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27 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Not for the weak of heart…, 17 August 2008

"El Topo" was one of the first midnight-movie cult hits because of its visually stunning, mentally exciting indulgence in gratuitous sex and exaggerated violence…

Avenging angel El Topo—meant to be wise and mystical—rides into a town whose population has just been massacred… He guns down some of the cruel and perverse bandits responsible and brutally punishes their leader… He leaves his seven-year-old son with some monks and goes away with the gang leader's woman, Mara…

In the desert sands, El Topo and Mara make love, and she quickly falls in love with him… After their frantic love-making, she tells him that he can prove that he's the 'best' by killing the Four Masters…

For no apparent reason other than to please Mara, El Topo begins his mission, defeating and killing each of the Four Masters…

The film has been quite controversial… It lacks clarity and has painful emotions that make it quite compelling…

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