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Release Date:
15 April 1971 (Mexico) See more »
The Definitive Cult Spaghetti Western
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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Alejandro Jodorowsky ... El Topo
Brontis Jodorowsky ... Son of El Topo, as a boy
José Legarreta ... Dying Man

Alfonso Arau ... Bandit #1
José Luis Fernández ... Bandit #2
Alf Junco ... Bandit #3 (as Alí Junco)
Gerardo Zepeda ... Bandit #4 (as Gerardo Cepeda)
René Barrera ... Bandit #5
René Alís ... Bandit #6
Federico Gonzáles ... Bandit #7
Vicente Lara ... Bandit #8
Pablo Leder ... Monk #1
Giuliano Girini Sasseroli ... Monk #2
Cristian Merkel ... Monk #3
Aldo Grumelli ... Monk #4
Mara Lorenzio ... Mara
David Silva ... The Colonel
Ignacio Martínez España ... Armless man
Eliseo Gardea Saucedo ... Legless man
Héctor Martínez ... Master #1 (as Hector Martinez 'El Borrado')
Paula Romo ... Woman in black
Bertha Lomelí ... Gypsy, Mother of Master #2 (as Berta Lomeli)
Juan José Gurrola ... Master #2
Víctor Fosado ... Master #3
Agustín Isunza ... Master #4
Jacqueline Luis ... Small woman
Carlos Lavenant ... Executioner #1
Eliseo Pereda ... Executioner #2
Pablo Marichal ... Slave
Beatriz Beltrán Lobo ... Woman #1
Carmen Lamadrid ... Woman #2
Pepita González ... Woman #3
Cecilia Leger ... Woman #4 (as Cecilia Leguer)
Elvira Agosti ... Woman #5
Antonio Álvarez ... Prisoner #1

Rueben Gonzáles ... Prisoner #2 (as Rubén González)
Víctor Manuel Osorio ... Prisoner #3
José Pérez Bustos ... Prisoner #4
Eduardo Danel ... Prisoner #5
Álvaro García ... Prisoner #6 (as Alvaro García)
José Antonio Alcaraz ... Sheriff
Felipe Díaz Garza ... Deputy (as Felipe Diazgarza)
Patricio Pereda ... The child
Marcos E. Contreras ... Boxer #1
Arturo Silva ... Boxer #2
Robert John ... Son of El Topo, as a man
Julián de Meriche ... Priest (as Julien de Meriche)
Valerie Tremblay ... Woman in church (as Valerie Trumblay)
José Luis González de León ... Man in church (as J.L. González de León)
Francisco González Salazar ... Shopkeeper
Pedro García ... Man with carrot
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Directed by
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Writing credits
Alejandro Jodorowsky (written by) (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Produced by
Mick Gochanour .... producer
Juan López Moctezuma .... producer
Moshe Rosemberg .... producer (as Moishe Rosemberg)
Saúl Rosemberg .... producer
Roberto Viskin .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alejandro Jodorowsky 
Cinematography by
Rafael Corkidi 
Film Editing by
Federico Landeros 
Production Design by
Alejandro Jodorowsky 
Art Direction by
José Durán 
Set Decoration by
José Luis Garduño 
Costume Design by
Alejandro 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
Editorial Department
Scot Olive .... colorist
Music Department
Nacho Méndez .... music arranger
Nacho Méndez .... orchestrator
Other crew
Humberto Gurza .... animal wrangler
Miguel Gurza .... animal wrangler
'Chema' Hernandez .... livestock coordinator
Luz María Rojas .... production assistant
Vicente Rojo .... title designer
Jorge Rubio Salazar .... production assistant (as Jorge Rubio)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"El topo" - Mexico (original title)
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125 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Klangfilm)
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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Did You Know?

The title of the movie and the main character's name are a metaphor of the underground cinema in the sixties. The mole digs holes so as to emerge from the underground to the surface. This was happening with some low-budget movies that quickly gained mainstream popularity.See more »
[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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53 out of 70 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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