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Tusk (1980)

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An English girl and an Indian elephant, born on the same day, share a common destiny.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Diffring ...
John Morrison
Serge Merlin ...
Richard Cairn
Michel Peyrelon ...
Sukumar Anhana ...
The Maharajah
B. Chandrasherkhra ...
Oriole Henry ...
Elise at Age 5
Andy Jenny ...
The Reverend
Krake ...
The Maharand
C.S. Lalitha ...
The Indian Girl
Lalitha ...
The Musician
Nadar ...
The Sage
B.N.K. Nagaraj ...
Retha ...
The Nurse


An English girl and an Indian elephant, born on the same day, share a common destiny.

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26 November 1980 (France)  »

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not so bad
21 April 2000 | by (Versailles, France) – See all my reviews

"Tusk" is definitely Jodorowsky's worst. But does that mean it's a 'waste of time'? Under my opinion, no ; although it's true it's his less elaborated movie.

The story happens in India, when the English were still there. The two main characters are an elephant called Tusk and a young lady. Tusk once saved her life when she was younger, and that's why she wants to protect him forever. When she returns from her studies in England, the maharadjah decides to hunt Tusk for his ivory, while some alcoholics poachers are carrying the same goal. A long fight to save Tusk begins...

The many elephants and, as usual in Jodorowsky's movies, the incredible number of crowd artists are astonishing, especially for the hunting. Apparently, he enjoyed working with elephants, because there are also some in "Santa Sangre" (his following movie). Truly, there are some real finds, as the 'barbe a papa' imported from Las Vegas - but on the hole, it's unfortunately not as weird and fascinating as "El Topo", The Holy Mountain" and "Santa Sangre" ( three masterpieces for differents reasons ). The philosophical dimension is here reduced to friendship with an historical background ( the colonisation by the English in India ). You don't have to be a Jodorowsky's fan to enjoy this movie, but you might be disappointed if you are, because it's true "Tusk" is different - and somehow inferior.

The movie is hard to find and it's in french, but it's still a movie by A. Jodorowsky! The runtime of my tape is '115.


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