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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
David Kapralik ...


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 <>

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21 August 1974 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La montaña sagrada  »

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$750,000 (estimated)

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$844 (USA) (4 May 2007)


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

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Lut, He whose planet is Pluto: [vomits] His feet stink.
The Alchemist: He has beautiful feet.
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Astonishingly beautiful, bloody and strange
6 February 2000 | by (Washington DC, USA) – See all my reviews

Astonishingly beautiful, bloody and strange surrealist film. Roughly, about a spiritual quest for enlightenment, truth and immortality; but that doesn't begin to describe Jodorowsky's Fellini-like flood of imagery and symbolism. Jodorowsky himself plays "The Master", an occult adept who assembles a group of people representing the planets of our solar system (a Christ figure for Earth) to ascend the Holy Mountain and gain the secret of eternal life. The qualities of the individual planetary cultures are both based on, and distorted from, their classic meanings in astrology and alchemy - you really need to have some basic reading in occultism to follow this movie - and the stunning ending shot takes the theme of illusion vs. truth to a completely different plane.

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