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El Topo ()


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A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.

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El Topo
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Hijo / Topo's son
José Legarreta ...
Moribundo
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Bandido 1
José Luis Fernández ...
Bandido 2
Ali Junco ...
Bandido 3 (as Alí Junco)
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Bandido 4 (as Gerardo Cepeda)
René Barrera ...
Bandido 5
René Alís ...
Bandido 6
Federico Gonzáles ...
Bandido 7
Vicente Lara ...
Bandido 8
Pablo Leder ...
Monje 1
Giuliano Girini Sasseroli ...
Monje 2
Cristian Merkel ...
Monje 3
Aldo Grumelli ...
Monje 4
Mara Lorenzio ...
Marah / La mujer - The Woman
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Coronel
Ignacio Martínez España ...
Manco
Eliseo Gardea Saucedo ...
Cojo
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Maestro 1 (as Hector Martinez 'El Borrado')
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Desconocida
Bertha Lomelí ...
Gitana (as Berta Lomeli)
Juan José Gurrola ...
Maestro 2
Víctor Fosado ...
Maestro 3
Agustín Isunza ...
Maestro 4
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Mujercita
Carlos Lavenant ...
Verdugo 1
Eliseo Pereda ...
Verdugo 2
Pablo Marichal ...
Esclavo
Beatriz Beltrán Lobo ...
Señora 1
Carmen Lamadrid ...
Señora 2
Pepita González ...
Señora 3
Cecilia Leger ...
Señora 4 (as Cecilia Leguer)
Elvira Agosti ...
Señora 5
Antonio Álvarez ...
Prisonero 1 (as Antonio Alvarez)
Rueben Gonzáles ...
Prisonero 2 (as Rubén González)
Víctor Manuel Osorio ...
Prisonero 3
José Pérez Bustos ...
Prisonero 4
Eduardo Danel ...
Prisonero 5
Álvaro García ...
Prisonero 6 (as Alvaro García)
José Antonio Alcaraz ...
Sheriff
Felipe Díaz Garza ...
Ayudante (as Felipe Diazgarza)
Patricio Pereda ...
Niño
Marcos E. Contreras ...
Boxeador 1
Arturo Silva ...
Boxeador 2
Robert John ...
Hijo del Topo
Julián de Meriche ...
Cura (as Julien de Meriche)
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Mujer iglesia (as Valerie Trumblay)
José Luis González de León ...
Hombre iglesia (as J.L. González de León)
Francisco González Salazar ...
Tendero
Pedro García ...
Hombre zanahoria

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Alejandro Jodorowsky ... (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Written by

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Alejandro Jodorowsky ... (written by) (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

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Juan López Moctezuma ... associate producer
Moshe Rosemberg ... associate producer (as Moishe Rosemberg)
Saúl Rosemberg ... associate producer
Roberto Viskin ... associate producer
Mick Gochanour ... producer (uncredited)

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Alejandro Jodorowsky ... (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Cinematography by

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Rafael Corkidi ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Federico Landeros

Editorial Department

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Scot Olive ... colorist (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Alejandro Jodorowsky ... (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Art Direction by

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José Durán

Set Decoration by

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José Luis Garduño

Costume Design by

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Alejandro Jodorowsky ... (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Production Management

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Roberto Viskin ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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José Luis González de León ... assistant director

Sound Department

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Gonzalo Gavira ... sound effects engineer
Lilia Lupercio ... sound editor

Camera and Electrical Department

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Miguel Garzón ... camera operator
Pedro Moreno ... chief electrician
Antonio Ruiz ... camera operator

Music Department

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Nacho Méndez ... music arranger (as Nacho Mendez) / orchestrator (as Nacho Mendez)

Script and Continuity Department

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Rafael Villaseñor Kuri ... script supervisor

Other crew

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Allen Klein ... presenter
Luz María Rojas ... production assistant
Vicente Rojo ... title designer
Jorge Rubio Salazar ... production assistant (as Jorge Rubio)
Humberto Gurza ... animal wrangler (uncredited)
Miguel Gurza ... animal wrangler (uncredited)
'Chema' Hernandez ... livestock coordinator (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

El Topo decides to confront warrior Masters on a trans-formative desert journey he begins with his 6 year old son, who must bury his childhood totems to become a man. El Topo (the mole) claims to be God, while dressed as a gunfighter in black, riding a horse through a spiritual, mystical landscape strewn with old Western movie, and ancient Eastern religious symbols. Bandits slaughtered a village on his path, so El Topo avenges the massacred, then forcibly takes their leader's woman Mara as his. El Topo's surreal way is bloody, sexual and self-reflective, musing of his own demons, as he tries to vanquish those he encounters. Written by David Stevens

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Also Known As
  • The Mole (World-wide, English title)
  • El topo (France)
  • Kret (Poland)
  • Köstebek (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • El topo (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Budget $1,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Other noteworthy figures said to be fans of the film, besides John Lennon and Yoko Ono, include directors David Lynch and Samuel Fuller, actors Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, and performers Bob Dylan, Marilyn Manson, and Peter Gabriel. It has been claimed that this movie was the beginning of Gabriel's inspiration for the classic Genesis concept album, 'The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway'. See more »
Goofs The opening scene is of a man on horseback riding through the desert, although the horse is on deep sand the sound is of a horse on hard ground. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Jonathan Ross Presents for One Week Only: Alejandro Jodorowsky (1991). See more »
Crazy Credits The closing credits in the English-dubbed version of El Topo state that ABKCO Films copyrighted the film in 1967; however, ABKCO didn't purchase (any rights to) it until June of 1971! See more »
Quotes El Topo: Too much perfection is a mistake.
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