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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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I'll be damned See more (110 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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Trivia:
The crucified animal carcasses were borrowed from a local restaurant, which were then served to customers upon being returned.See more »
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Drug Master:The Cross was a mushroom - and the mushroom was also the Tree of Good and Evil.See more »
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10 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
I'll be damned, 10 April 2008
Author: Robert_90 from Australia

A few months ago, I finally got to see El Topo, Jodorowsky's legendary western-on-acid. Quite simply, it blew me away. It was just so strange, so weird, so utterly crazy...I don't know, seeing El Topo on one viewing doesn't mean you'll be able to comprehend it well enough to describe it properly. I'll give it a second view some other time.

Anyway....why I mentioned El Topo was because it raised the bar for what I could expect from The Holy Mountain, which promised to be even more of a mind-bending surrealist work than El Topo. For this is how, on the basis of a single viewing, I was prepared to judge The Holy Mountain - on just how bizarre it would get.

This may sound a little shallow, but The Holy Mountain is one of those films that requires several viewings to properly comprehend pretty much everything that goes on. On one viewing, all you can do is try and keep your eyes on screen and try to take in as much of the film as possible. Even if you don't fully understand what's going on, take in the experience. That's what I did when I watched The Holy Mountain.

The Holy Mountain begins by following a man who's best described as Christlike as he engages in his own journey from dying in the desert to a tall tower, where he meets a mysterious figure known as the Alchemist. The Alchemist recruits the man for his own plan, which involves bringing together several "thieves" from around the world so that they can embark on a quest for immortality atop the eponymous mountain.

All this is a loose framework for Jodorowsky's trademark elaborate set-pieces - they're big and they're utterly loony. I don't think I'll bother spoiling any of them, but take any scene from the movie and it'll likely have a large, weird-looking set and at least one or two freaky-looking people drawing your attention. One thing that kept preying on my mind the whole time was just how unbelievable the whole idea of The Holy Mountain was. Like El Topo, it was an epic without a wider appeal, and that jarred me for some reason. It just keeps getting stranger and stranger until the end, which I will have to say was utterly unpredictable.

The Holy Mountain is truly one-of-a-kind. It'd be pretty easy to say this film isn't for everyone, but it isn't. If you're into movies that don't make sense on the first time (or even the 10th time), I'd recommend this. Or if you're just looking for one intense filmic experience, it doesn't get much more intense than the imagery of The Holy Mountain.

I'll end this review now - I've run out of synonyms for crazy.

8/10 - this is after one viewing, it'll probably go up after about 7.

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