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21 August 1974 (West Germany) See more »
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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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Are you experienced? Jodorowsky's ambitious Rorschach motion picture tests human's connection to spirituality, and cinema See more (111 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)
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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)
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Much of the sound in the film was improvised by Mexican sound effects specialist Gonzalo Gavira, yet nonetheless gained the admiration of American director William Friedkin, who in turn hired him to do sound work for The Exorcist (1973).See more »
Quotes:
Drug Master:The Cross was a mushroom - and the mushroom was also the Tree of Good and Evil.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)See more »

FAQ

Why didn't they show all of the zodiac signs?
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50 out of 72 people found the following review useful.
Are you experienced? Jodorowsky's ambitious Rorschach motion picture tests human's connection to spirituality, and cinema, 22 April 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

How does one start describing writer/director/star/master-of-ceremonies Alejandro Jodorowsky's The Holy Mountain? Sensational, outrageous, in-your-face, (the much overused phrase) one-of-a-kind, hilarious, self-indulgent, dangerous, and enlightening could be some words, and there could be more. But these are just symbolic of what one goes into seeing the movie. And what is it to see a movie, to experience it, Jodorowsky, I think anyway, is essentially asking? What about faith, or belief that there can be a way to surpass mortality and live forever? Is there truly any basis to become more than just flesh and bones and organs and love and hate and desire and greed? Perhaps, in the end, it might just be art itself. The Holy Mountain is one (bleeping) crazy art-house picture experience, where the filmmaker asks it's audience to either go on the journey and be open to whatever he's liable to let out of the floodgates of his consciousness, or if to be closed off then to might as well leave. So as it goes, really, with organized religion, which his own character Jodorowsky plays- the Alchemist- could be identifiable as.

As I left the theater I kept on thinking about what it is to put total trust and confidence in a "master", someone who seems to have all the knowledge and experience to take people to higher planes. At the core, is what the Alchemist can do for the nine "planet" representatives any different than what a priest or a rabbi or a monk can promise? There is a level of intellectual stimulation, aside from the obvious emotional connection to the immense level of surrealism, that keeps one from thinking that this becomes all weird for its own sake. Unlike El Topo, however, Jodorowsky this time is much more in control of his own delirious dreamscapes and, in a sense, the genuine consciousness he creates in his Holy Mountain. He gives us, at the start, something a little much akin to El Topo with piling on Christian symbolism and imagery like its got to get into our heads right away. This part, actually, might be somewhat weaker in comparison with the rest of the film, if only because one wonders where the hell this is all going; a Jesus-figure, who comes into a village loaded with circus 'freaks' and gawkers at such 'freaks', and is put into plaster-casting to make more Jesus figures, which he demolishes except for one which he carries with him for a little while.

There's more than just this, but for the first twenty minutes, which is practically silent and without dialog, we get immensely rich but sort of free-form symbolism, some that is great (the scene with the frogs in the representation of the Spanish conquistadors is absolutely uproarious), and some that isn't, like a strange scene in a church. But soon Jodorowsky moves it along to 'Jesus' entering the realm of the Alchemist, and going under his tutelage (and learning how, mayhap, gold can be the end result of literal excrement), learns about who the other members to go on the journey to the holy mountain will be. It's here that Jodorowsky digs deep into the nature of the period he was filming in and how fascinating and perverse human beings can be. These other members are all shown in vignettes to be "manufacturers", for the most part, of weapons, clothing, architecture, political espionage, and as a police force of a sort. More than ever Jodorowsky throws out the outrageousness to eat up, and really it actually never shows (and maybe it's just me as a jaded 21st century guy) to be as shocking as one might expect. Yes, it's extremely violent (watch out for your genitals, by the way, when around these folks), extraordinarily sexually charged (sex machines anyone?), and meant to be in poor taste and so over the top you don't know what is up or down. At first, I thought it couldn't get much better, as far as sheer surrealist entertainment value goes.

Yet as the last section develops, as the Alchemist takes his pupils to the mountain to meet their promised fates, there's more depth than I would have expected, even from all that preceded it as already containing cast quantities of rich socio-political-sexual commentary and prodding knife stabs at correctness. Religion itself, as Bunuel did in the past, is questioned very strongly and seriously, however still in the context of Jodorowsky having his own subjective approach. Of course, the director- who happens to be at the top of his game here stylistically, second only to Santa Sangre as perhaps his most accomplished effort- did become a shaman himself to make this movie, so there is a level of legitimate connection to what religion says to provide us. At the same time, Jodorowsky is, all the same, questioning what it means to submit yourself to indoctrination, to "nothingness" as the Alchemist says to his pupils in their trances. It's not just Christianity that needs to be taken with a grain of salt, although that is very significant in the final section (the 'monster' over the boat, for example, has a lot that can be read into it, ala sin), but that it has to be in the person to understand what immortality REALLY means. The final revelation at the table on the mountain nails it on the head, and suddenly (or not so suddenly) things become clearer; the final lines by the Alchemist (or rather, Jodorowsky himself), make it a very poignant end to what has been a delirious, hilarious trip into consciousness expansion...

In a word, or a few, what it means to 'experience' a film itself, and once it ends, you step back into some kind of reality. The Holy Mountain is a true love it or hate it movie. I loved it, even as I still wonder what the hell it is I just saw/felt/heard/experienced, and of course if it should be believed.

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