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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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(96 articles)
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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)
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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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Sacred Mountain" - International (English title) (reissue title)
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Runtime:
114 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 "tumor" that the priests pull out of the back of the Thief's neck was an octopus the filmmakers purchased at a local market.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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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Art - Don't Blame the Messenger!!!!, 22 August 2007
Author: mstomaso from Vulcan

Alejandro Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain is worth seeing once in a while. Not because it's difficult to figure out (it really isn't, unless you insist on figuring ALL of it out at once). But because you will be seeing a different movie each time, as your own perspective, mood and life changes.

Holy Mountain is a meticulously made work of cinematic art. It is simultaneously a brilliant absurdist farce, a cynical satire which lampoons religion and capitalism, an affirmation of faith, an indictment of humanity for its cruelty, ignorance and greed and a celebration of life and the human spirit. Who and where you are will determine your interpretation, so don't blame Jodorowsky! He's just the messenger.

Ostensibly, the film is about a fantastic spiritual journey undertaken by an apparently psychologically disturbed young man who looks a bit like what many Christians believe Jesus to have looked like. This young man begins his journey with insects swarming his face. He is either dead or passed out. Some naked children find him and decide to crucify him for fun. He yells at them (incoherently) and they run away. He then meets an amputee with just a couple half-limbs who becomes his friend for the beginning of the film.

This describes the first five or so minutes of the film's plot. Although the film remains somewhat linear and simply plotted from this point to it end, it also draws deep on all manners of symbolism, mercilessly pokes fun at Christianity, its exploitation and its commercialization, and even throws in some pop-Buddhist concepts accompanied by a prophet with a talent for Jiu Jitsu. The entire crucifixion story is repeatedly portrayed, but with levels of absurdity that would probably have some Americans calling for its censorship today.

Later, our protagonist will embark upon an apparently meaningless quest to climb the Holy Mountain with ten powerful companions. Though likable enough, the hero of the film is neither a hero nor a clearly developed character. His (at least) neurotic behavior, his uncertain sense of justice and sometimes animalistic approach to events make him a difficult character to like, but you will feel compelled to follow-through simply to discover what bizarre reality he will encounter next.

Holy Mountain has some of the most impressive sets and surreal to psychedelic imagery I have seen in films of its vintage. Its soundscaping and soundtrack is also very impressive. The amount of dialog is refreshingly minimal, which also helps the director keep his audience focused on what the film does with sound and vision.

Although the film is gorgeous, sensitive viewers should be aware that there is some fairly disturbing imagery in this film. It is meant to be watched while wide-awake and receptive, but strong.

You can find all sorts of meanings in this film. You can label the film many different things. And you can understand it in whatever way works for you. But please do not make the mistake of thinking you've got it right or that your interpretation is anything but your interpretation. Holy Mountain, like many works of film art, does not work that way.

Highly recommended for intellectuals, connoisseurs of film art, and those who enjoy cult films. Definitely not recommended for those who approach film solely as a means for entertainment, and not recommended for a first date (unless the couple has a strong intellectual bent and an interest in film).

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