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The Holy Mountain (1973)

R  |   |  Drama, Fantasy  |  21 August 1974 (West Germany)
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In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.


(as Alexandro Jodorowsky)


(as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Alchemist (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Horacio Salinas ...
Zamira Saunders ...
The Written Woman (as Ramona Saunders)
Juan Ferrara ...
Adriana Page ...
Burt Kleiner ...
Valerie Jodorowsky ...
Nicky Nichols ...
Richard Rutowski ...
Axon (as Richard Rutowsky)
Luis Lomelí ...
The Prostitute
Chucho-Chucho ...
The Chimpanzee
Letícia Robles ...
Bald Woman 1 (as Leticia Robles)
Connie De La Mora ...
Bald Woman 2
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A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful people, each representing a planet in the Solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal. Written by Marty Cassady <martyc@vt.edu>

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Drama | Fantasy


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Release Date:

21 August 1974 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La montaña sagrada  »

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$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$844 (USA) (4 May 2007)


$61,001 (USA) (4 July 2008)

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During the boating sequence, Jodorowsky had intended to shoot a scene where the group leaps into the ocean to "get in the infinite waters." The cast proceeded to leap in, then promptly began to drown. The crew was so busy trying to rescue them that nothing of the scene ended up being shot. See more »


Lut, He whose planet is Pluto: [vomits] His feet stink.
The Alchemist: He has beautiful feet.
Lut, He whose planet is Pluto: I can't stand the smell!
The Alchemist: [attacks Lut, breaking his legs] When he puts your bones back together, you will like his smell!
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Lush, Hallucinatory, Visionary.

Alejandro Jodorowsky's sprawling, psychedelic opus almost defies interpretation in any conventional sense. Steeped in symbolism and spirituality it is a piece of art that attempts to redefine the psyche and the human condition through a celebration of the surreal, the grotesque and the beautiful. Its inner meaning is deliberately vague, allowing personal interpretation to take the place of empty preaching and contrived moral messaging. Simply breathtaking.

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