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Release Date:
21 August 1974 (West Germany) See more »
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Plot:
This film gives the omniscient view of what social engineering caused by greed has done to the modern world, but shows us how to live and not give in to a material world. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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(99 articles)
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Not just a Film, an Experience!!! See more (115 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alejandro Jodorowsky ... The Alchemist (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Horacio Salinas ... The Thief
Zamira Saunders ... The Written Woman (as Ramona Saunders)
Juan Ferrara ... Fon
Adriana Page ... Isla
Burt Kleiner ... Klen
Valerie Jodorowsky ... Sel
Nicky Nichols ... Berg
Richard Rutowski ... Axon (as Richard Rutowsky)
Luis Lomelí ... Lut

Ana De Sade ... The Prostitute
Chucho-Chucho ... The Chimpanzee
Letícia Robles ... Bald Woman 1 (as Leticia Robles)
Connie De La Mora ... Bald Woman 2
David Kapralik ... Tourist

Jacqueline Voltaire ... Tourist Wife
Pablo Leder ... Circus Barker
Bobby Cameron ... Fon's Working Girl
Re Debris ... Klen's Lover
Guadalupe Perullero ... Berg's Wife
José Antonio Alcaraz ... Pantheon's Bar Owner (as Jose Antonio Alcaraz)
Héctor Ortega ... Drug Master (as Hector Ortega)
Robert Taicher ... Poet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Cohn ... Klen's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Manuel Dondé ... Wanderer (uncredited)
Ramiro Chávez Gochicoa ... Boy (uncredited)
Basilio González ... Crippled man (uncredited)
Marcela López Rey ... Prostitute (uncredited)
Jane Mitchell ... Stripteaser (uncredited)
Marcela Ponzarelli ... Woman at the church (uncredited)
David Silva ... Fon's father (uncredited)

Directed by
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
 
Writing credits
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Produced by
Robert Taicher .... executive producer
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... producer (uncredited)
Allen Klein .... executive producer (uncredited)
Roberto Viskin .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Don Cherry 
Ronald Frangipane 
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
 
Cinematography by
Rafael Corkidi 
 
Film Editing by
Federico Landeros 
 
Production Design by
Alejandro Jodorowsky 
 
Costume Design by
Alejandro Jodorowsky  (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Nicky Nichols 
 
Makeup Department
María Eugenia Luna .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Roger Rodewald .... post-production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rafael Villaseñor Kuri .... assistant director
 
Art Department
David Antón .... set constructor (as David Anton)
José Durán .... set constructor (as Jose Duran)
Manuel Felguerez .... painter
Manuel Felguerez .... sculptor
Alain Glass .... painter
Alain Glass .... sculptor
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... painter (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... sculptor (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... set conception (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Alejandro Jodorowsky .... set designer (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Antonio Neira .... wax sculptor (as Antonio Neyra)
Luis Urias .... painter
Luis Urias .... sculptor
 
Sound Department
C. Robert Fine .... sound mixer
Gonzalo Gavira .... sound effects
Howard Lester .... sound editor
Al Steckler .... sound supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Marcelino Pacheco .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Cohn .... camera operator
Miguel Garzón .... camera operator (as Miguel Garzon)
 
Editorial Department
Scot Olive .... digital intermediate colorist (restoration)
 
Music Department
Brooks Auther .... music recording engineer
Al Steckler .... music supervisor
Henry West .... music advisor
 
Other crew
Humberto Gurza .... animal trainer
Miguel Gurza .... animal trainer
Allen Klein .... presenter
Joanne Pottlitzer .... translator
Pat Sole .... voice supervisor
'Chema' Hernandez .... head wrangler (uncredited)
Oscar Ichazo .... spiritual advisor (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"The Sacred Mountain" - International (English title) (reissue title)
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Runtime:
114 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA (2007 re-rating) | France:-16 | Hong Kong:III | Italy:VM14 (2001) | Netherlands:18 | New Zealand:R18 | Peru:18 | South Korea:18 | UK:X (original rating, cut version) | UK:18 (re-rating, uncut) | USA:R | West Germany:18
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Trivia:
The Alchemist's shoes were NOT inspired by those of Frankenstein's monster, having both heels and high platforms as well, but were in fact, merely fashionable platform boots of the 70's era.See more »
Quotes:
The Alchemist:We began in a fairytale and we came to life, but is this life reality? No. It is a film. Zoom back camera. 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.See more »
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Why didn't they show all of the zodiac signs?
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147 out of 178 people found the following review useful.
Not just a Film, an Experience!!!, 24 April 2005
Author: NateManD from Bloomsburg PA

How can the average person describe the Holy Mountain? They can't, It's one of those films that is so bizarre that one has to witness it at least 5 times to fully appreciate it. Alejandro Jodorowsky takes every form of religion and mysticism and puts it into symbolic imagery, that turns into a two hour mind trip. The film is not thrown together, each scene is so chock full of strange imagery, yet each image has a particular meaning. The plot concerns, the thief, who seems to be representational of Christ in modern times. The thief awakens in the desert, almost crucified by children, he is then rescued by an amputee dwarf. After him and the dwarf share a joint, they travel through different scene after scene of surreal images. In one scenario a police state has taken over downtown Mexico. Innocent people are massacred, and birds fly out of their bullet wounds. The conquest of Mexico is reenacted by frogs and iguanas. The Christ character gets drunk with Roman soldiers, and they make a mold of him to produce statues for profit. And this is all in the first twenty minutes. The occult science of alchemy is another factor of the film. The thief finally meets the alchemist, played by Jodorowsky himself, and the alchemist turns his excrement into gold. The black magic of alchemy involves the nine planets of the solar system. We are then introduced to 7 of the most powerful people in the world named after the planets of the solar system. Each person is corrupt and greedy involved in politics, war or mass marketing. Each person who has their own planet, and a weakness is willing to give up their money and be reborn as a Buddhist monk. In a way these people are alchemists also since they have the ability to turn worthless items such as weapons and cosmetics into riches. Since money is just paper, in a way the magic of alchemy in everyday life convinces us that the dollar bill is of value. Many aspects of life are just an illusion, just as in cinema. In the Holy Mountain Jodorowsky proves to be the master of illusion like a magician. Also his character, the Alchemist has the job of spiritual leader to lead all of the 9 people to the Holy Mountain including the Christ character and the women with the Kaballah tattoos. Also the film is indulgent at times in it's Frued like sexuality and nudity. It is both strange and intriguing, both hilarious and horrifying, and one of the weirdest films your most likely to see. Their is so much that happens in this film, that it's almost impossible to describe. People who are looking for deep meaning in films like Donnie Darko need to keep searching, the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky would be a good start. The Holy Mountain is not only a masterpiece, it's a spiritual journey, and it just might very well change the way you look at the world. Not everyone will like it, so sit back and watch with an open mind. The Holy Mountain is one of the most underrated and important films ever made. 10/10

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