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The Holy Mountain (1973)

R  |   |  Drama, Fantasy  |  11 July 1975 (Mexico)
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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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The Alchemist (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Horacio Salinas ...
Zamira Saunders ...
The Written Woman (as Ramona Saunders)
Juan Ferrara ...
Fon
Adriana Page ...
Burt Kleiner ...
Valerie Jodorowsky ...
Sel
Nicky Nichols ...
Richard Rutowski ...
Axon (as Richard Rutowsky)
Luis Lomelí ...
Lut
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The Prostitute
Chucho-Chucho ...
The Chimpanzee
Letícia Robles ...
Bald Woman 1 (as Leticia Robles)
Connie De La Mora ...
Bald Woman 2
David Kapralik ...
Tourist
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Storyline

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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11 July 1975 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

La montaña sagrada  »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$844 (USA) (4 May 2007)

Gross:

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

The crucified animal carcasses were borrowed from a local restaurant, which were then served to customers upon being returned. See more »

Quotes

The Alchemist: [final lines] We began in a fairytale and we came to life, but is this life reality? No. It is a film. Zoom back camera.
[camera zooms out, revealing equipment and crew]
The Alchemist: We are images, dreams, photographs. We must not stay here. Prisoners! We shall break the illusion. This is magic! Goodbye to the Holy Mountain. Real life awaits us.
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An absolutely brilliant film both in concept and execution.
30 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

The Holy Mountain is an epic exploration of religious experience and global socio-political trends. A scathing indictment of the abuse of power by both first and third-world nations, while simultaneously a wonderfully clever fantasy that exposes art and religion as hilarious tools of mass-mind-control. It is a truly sweeping masterpiece full of amazing imagery and even more impressive thought. And it also has one of the best endings you are likely to see -ever. Too bad it is almost impossible to find.


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