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Santa sangre (1989)

NC-17 | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 27 June 1990 (USA)
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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Axel Jodorowsky ...
Fenix
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Concha
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Orgo
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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)
Sergio Bustamante ...
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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$787,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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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Referenced in The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004) See more »

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Alejandra
Composed by Enrique Mora
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You will remember this movie!
24 February 2000 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

I saw the U.S. premiere of this movie at the DC FilmFest. I was intrigued by the thought of a man who makes movies once every 15 years.

Well, I'll tell you. The people sitting next to me left 10 - 15 minutes into the movie. If you can get through the first 30 minutes, it is worthwhile.

Of course, I am into very surrealistic movies and ones that address the question of what is real and what is not.

After seeing it, the visuals have stayed with me over the years. A powerful movie for the adventurous.


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