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La montaña sagrada
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Parents Guide for
The Holy Mountain (1973) More at IMDbPro »La montaña sagrada (original title)

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Full male nudity on several occasions. In one graphic scene, a man is spread-eagle on a platform with a dildo covering his penis (in the erect position) and with his scrotum clearly exposed. A soldier, in a close-up scene, places large scissors around the man's scrotum. The view then switches to the man's face as he screams in agony. The crotches of two women are seen.

Implied sex between three woman.

Mild rape sequence- a woman is nude from the waist down for a split second. The woman seems to enjoy being raped.

Graphic animal sexuality.

In an illusion, a woman seems to have her face covered in a heavy cream simulating semen..

In a training simulator, many children (mostly boys but at least one girl) are seen running around naked wearing silver hats. Full frontal nudity of the boys..

A man is chased by a group of about twenty or thirty naked boys. Their Buttocks are clearly visible but leaves cover their penises. However, when they are running sometimes the leaves bounce up and short glimpses of their penises are visible. Actually, a HD TV will reveal that the "leaves" are not leaves but are painted on the genitals of the boys; the visibility of the genitals are more than mere "glimpses."

In a deleted scene, a young boy of ten (clothed) is seen lying on his bed watching TV. He is stroking the buttocks of a young girl of his age who is lying face down next to him. She has no clothes on and her bare butt is seen (It is implied they just had sex.). This scene was cut from the full movie.

A man tells a woman to rub her clitoris on a mountain. She then rubs her clothed body, in a simulated sex act, on the mountain.

An ice sculpture in the shape of a penis is seen. Women are seen rubbing and stroking it.


Corpses of both animals and people are repetitively used as symbolic imagery throughout.

Many cadavers are shown.

A man poops some feces and then they are turned to gold. Kind of disgusting.

An old man gives a small girl his eye by taking it out of his eye socket. Graphic.

A man cuts his own fingers off.

Goat decapitation off-screen, but the beheaded corpse is shown afterwards.

Bloody executions by guns.

A riot scene leading to a graphic massacre, blood is clearly shown to be different colors at times, and food is used to represent organs being torn or cut out.

A boy is castrated-shown very briefly. This leads to a scene showing an entire room of testicles jarred. There is also the castration scene mentioned in the above sex and nudity paragraphs and a scene where a woman totally removes a man's genitals with one swing of a sword. The genitals are never seen in this scene, just the bloody aftermath.

Several people are shot throughout the movie this however is about more surreal than graphic since some of the people seem to bleed animals or vegetables.

The violence is more bizarre, rather than outright violent.


Strong religion mocking

More sexual dialogue, than profane.

Couple of: "Sh*t's" and "Damn's". If I remember correctly, "F**k" is said once...


Drugs are mentioned and used.

Many sequences where characters indulge themselves in foreign drugs.

There is a drinking scene, where the main character goes drunk.

The main character shares a joint with a midget.

Some smoking.

A very intoxicated and insane man stuffs a child's mouth full of drugs (different colored pills). He also talks about them in a positive way, implying that drugs are a good thing.


Some of the demonic imagery can be frightening, although the musical score tones down the horror-like atmosphere. Some people may find the film frightening because of its graphic violence and the fact that the it is all quite surreal and unsettling in some ways.

Some feces is shown, they turn to gold. It's very surreal.

Several creepy and downright insane scenes are shown at the end of the movie. Quite intense.

Total: 43/50.

Suggested MPAA Rating: NC-17 for explicit sexual content & some bizarre violence


Rated R for sequences of strong & bizarre sexual content & violence throughout, drug use & brief language

Argentina:18 / Australia:R18+ (original rating) / Australia:MA15+ (re-rating) (2007) / Brazil:18 / France:16 / Hong Kong:III / Italy:VM14 (2001) / Netherlands:18 / New Zealand:R18 / Peru:18 / Singapore:R21 / South Korea:18 / UK:X (original rating, cut version) / UK:18 (re-rating) (uncut) / USA:R / West Germany:18

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