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Santa Sangre (1989)
"Santa sangre" (original title)

NC-17  |   |  Drama, Horror  |  27 June 1990 (USA)
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A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Axel Jodorowsky ...
Fenix
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Concha
Guy Stockwell ...
Orgo
Thelma Tixou ...
The Tattooed Woman
Sabrina Dennison ...
Alma
Adan Jodorowsky ...
Young Fenix
Faviola Elenka Tapia ...
Young Alma
Teo Jodorowsky ...
Pimp
Mary Aranza ...
Fat Prostitute (as Ma. De Jesus Aranzabal)
Jesús Juárez ...
Aladin (as Jesus Juarez)
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Monsignor
Gloriella ...
Rubi (as Gloria Contreras)
S. Rodriguez ...
The Saint
Zonia Rangel Mora ...
Trini
Joaquín García Vargas ...
Box-office Attendant (as Borolas)
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A young man is confined in a mental hospital. Through a flashback we see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers: he saw his father cut off the arms of his mother, a religious fanatic and leader of the heretical church of Santa Sangre ("Holy Blood"), and then commit suicide. Back in the present, he escapes and rejoins his surviving and armless mother. Against his will, he "becomes her arms" and the two undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge. Written by Marty Cassady <martyc@vt.edu>

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Rated NC-17 for several scenes of extremely explicit violence | See all certifications »

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27 June 1990 (USA)  »

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$787,000 (estimated)
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The project was launched when Alejandro Jodorowsky was commissioned to write and direct a film based on real-life Mexican criminal named Gregorio Cárdenas. See more »

Goofs

When the elephant is dying, all the close-ups of its trunk bleeding show the trunk to be clean. All the long shots of the elephant show it's trunk covered in blood. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Fenix crouches naked atop a tree trunk in his barren asylum room]
Doctor: [enters along with orderlies pushing a food cart] Fenix. Please...
[offers him a normal meal]
Doctor: Eat like a human being.
[pause]
Doctor: [puts the tray back down and offers him a raw fish]
Fenix: [howls]
[jumps down and grabs the fish]
Fenix: Grr!
[...]
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[over the final freeze-frame] I stretch out my hands to thee: my soul thirsts for thee like a parched land ... Teach me the way I should go, for to thee I lift up my soul. - Psalms 143.6, 8 See more »

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Las bicicletas
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A walk through Santa Sangre.
17 September 2004 | by (Thessaloniki,Greece) – See all my reviews

This is truly a shocking film crammed with bizarre and grotesque violence both explicit and lurking beyond the 'five-senses perception'.A sick masterpiece by a sick genius.Santa Sangre evolves into the strange universe of its creator ,Alejandro Jodorowsky.This is not at least surprising because most of his works:films (El Topo etc.),comics (The cast of the Metabarons,Inkal etc.)etc etc,are pieces of the very same puzzle,Alejandro's universe.

Santa Sangre (Holy Blood) is a pure surrealistic work.Symbols,insanity, Life and Death mix up the wild beauty of Ancient Greek Tragedy.In conclusion: this is not a film for everyone,but if you are open minded you will be able to make a step further,beyond the image itself and face the deep brutal truth of this movie.This is how it would look like a movie shot by Salvator Dali himself.


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