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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 »
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(142 articles)
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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:
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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27 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
The Weird Weird West, 5 November 2006
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

So far I had only seen Jodorowsky's "Santa Sangre", but that one happens to be my all-time favorite film! One thing's for sure with this director whenever you check out one of his films for the first time: you should expect the unexpected and prepare yourself for not believing what your own eyes are observing most of the time. Just in case you really have to label "El Topo" with a genre, it would presumably be Western, but that still doesn't give you any idea of the film's content whatsoever. Within the first ten minutes alone, things occur that are already too weird to mention (like grown men shooting at women's shoes and bandits dancing and caressing monks!!) and these sequences aren't relevant to the actual plot yet! Well, I'd love to summarize the main story lines, but the truth is that I didn't understand one iota of it all. The pivot character El Topo, portrayed by the director himself, rides through the desert with a 7-year-old naked kid in tow. He exchanges the kid for a beautiful woman after defeating a gang of thugs and goes on a quest to visit four "masters" of the desert. Subsequently, he joins a community of mountain people and fervently helps them coming out of their dark habitat and into the open world. Yes, it's a very vague description, but that's because I didn't know what was going on anyway. Most likely, you won't either and that's not an insult to your personal intellect! It's just a messed up movie that you mainly just need to watch for its visual brilliance, symbolism and extremely stylish choreography. Every single character that walks through the screen is a demented & complex individual, and the protagonist is the absolute biggest weirdo of them all. He actually claims to be God himself – and really believes it, too – and does the most unpredictable things imaginable. Admittedly, this film isn't suitable for entertainment purposes. It's an intense and demanding experience that you should approach with an open state of mind and loads of patience. Purely elite cinema that can't be compared to anything else ever made.

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