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Santa Sangre ()


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A former circus artist escapes from a mental hospital to rejoin his armless mother - the leader of a strange religious cult - and is forced to enact brutal murders in her name as he becomes... See more »

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Fenix
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Concha
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Orgo
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The Tattooed Woman
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Alma
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Young Fenix
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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)
Teo Tapia ...
Business man
Edgar E. Jiménez Nava ...
Monsignor's Chauffeur (as Edgar E. Jimenez Nava)
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Monsignor's Secretary
Héctor Ortega ...
Doctor (as Hector Ortega Gomez)
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Orderly 1
Valérie Crouzet ...
Orderly 2 (as Valerie Crouzet)
Óscar Serafín Álvarez ...
Soldier 1 (as Oscar Serafin Alvarez)
Billy Motton ...
Soldier 2
Hilario 'Popitekus' Vargas ...
Wrestler 1
Guadalupe 'TNT' Aguilar ...
Wrestler 2
Arturo 'Rinoceronte' Contreras ...
Wrestler 3
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Beggar
Roger Fayard Arroyo ...
Beggar

Directed by

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Alejandro Jodorowsky

Written by

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Alejandro Jodorowsky ... (story)
 
Roberto Leoni ... (story)
 
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... (screenplay) &
Roberto Leoni ... (screenplay) &
Claudio Argento ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Claudio Argento ... producer
Anuar Badin ... line producer
Lars Bloch ... associate producer
René Cardona Jr. ... executive producer (as Renè Cardona Jr.)
Angelo Iacono ... executive producer

Music by

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Simon Boswell

Cinematography by

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Daniele Nannuzzi ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Mauro Bonanni

Editorial Department

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Massimo Quaglia ... assistant editor
Stefano Quaglia ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Pablo Leder

Production Design by

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Alejandro Luna

Set Decoration by

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Enrique Estévez ... (as Enrique Estevez Labastida)

Costume Design by

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Tolita Figueroa

Makeup Department

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Sergio Arau ... tattoo designer
Sylvia Fernández ... hair stylist (as Silvia Fernandez)
Francisco Jaramillo ... wig supervisor
Alberto López ... makeup artist (as Alberto Lopez Rodriguez)
Lamberto Marini ... makeup supervisor
Raúl Sarmiento ... assistant makeup artist (as Raul Sarmiento Pina)

Production Management

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Pablo Buelna ... unit manager
Lillo Capoano ... post-production manager
Luz María Rojas ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Jesús Martín Bello ... first assistant director
René Villarreal ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Alfonso Godínez ... property master (as Alfonso Godinez Trejo)
José Chairez Juárez ... assistant set decorator
Manuel Ordaz López ... assistant set decorator
Fernando Ramírez Romero ... assistant set designer
Raúl Ramírez Romero ... assistant set decorator

Sound Department

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Nick Alexander ... adr editor
Luca Anzellotti ... sound effects editor
Luciano Anzellotti ... additional sound effects
Massimo Anzellotti ... additional sound effects
Roberto Camacho ... sound mixer
Víctor Camacho ... boom operator (as Victor Camacho Falcon)
Romano Checcacci ... re-recording mixer
Heriberto Cárdenas ... cable person (as Heriberto Cardenas Sr.)
Federico Savina ... stereo sound consultant: Dolby

Special Effects by

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Victor Castro Cano ... special effects (as Victor M. Cano Castro)
Rubén Pacheco García ... special effects
Alfonso Pacheco ... special effects (as Alfonso Pacheco García)
Marcelino Pacheco ... special effects supervisor (as Marcelino Pacheco Guzmán)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Juvenal Herrera Domínguez ... gaffer
Enrique Fernández ... still photographer (as Enrique Fernandez Rubalcana)
Marcello Gabriele ... lighting designer
Juan Luna Gómez ... key grip (as Juan R. Luna Gomez)
Santiago Navarrete ... camera operator
Isidro Rosas ... assistant camera (as Isidoro Rosas)
Pablo Ríos ... assistant camera
Salvador Serrano Pérez ... dolly grip
Ernesto Serrano ... dolly grip (as Ernesto Serrano Garcia)

Casting Department

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Germán Nava ... casting assistant
Deborah Shapiro ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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María Luisa Esquibel Bernal ... seamstress
Horacio Martinez ... wardrobe supervisor (as Horacio Martínez)
Abel Melo ... wardrobe master (as Ignacio Abel Melo)
Catalina Nancey ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Tlacateotl Mata ... location manager (as Tlacateo Mata)

Music Department

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Ernesto Cortázar ... music consultant
Vincent Messina ... music producer

Transportation Department

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Salvador Gutiérrez ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Claudio Argento ... presenter
Lars Bloch ... production consultant
Victoria Chávez ... production secretary
Vinicio Cisneros ... production secretary
Greg Day ... unit publicist
Ronald De Neef ... production consultant
Miguel Ángel Garrido ... production secretary
Gabriela Gurrola ... script supervisor
Humberto Gurza ... animal wrangler
Miguel Gurza ... animal wrangler
Antonio Hernández ... equipment supervisor
Cesar Jimenez ... production coordinator (as Cesar Armando Jiminez)
Óscar Lancer ... press agent
Gustavo Maynes ... delegate: actors
Carla Menicucci ... production accountant (as Carla Menicocci)
Isaac Moreno ... delegate: actors
María Teresa Romero ... production secretary (as Ma. Teresa Romero)
Robert Taicher ... dialogue supervisor
Roberta Tinti ... production executive
Silvia Vitri ... production secretary
Ramón Vásquez ... production accountant
Jacques Wilson ... dialogue coach

Thanks

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Marcel Marceau ... inspiration: "The Creation of the World" sequence

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

A young man -- starving, nearly catatonic and barely responsive -- is confined in a sanitarium. He is taken on a field trip along with other residents to the city's red-light district. There, he encounters by chance a woman from his past, triggering a series of flashbacks. We see that he was traumatized as a child, when he and his family were circus performers, and when he witnessed a murder/suicide: his father -- an American expatriate living in Mexico under suspicious circumstances -- cuts off the arms of his beloved mother, a possessive wife and religious fanatic who led a heretical church called "Santa Sangre (Holy Blood)," the members of which worshipped a martyred girl whose arms were severed by her father following her rape, and then commit suicide. Back in the present, buttressed by shock of his remembrance, he escapes the sanitarium and, in a series of hallucinations and dream-fulfillments, believes he has rejoined his armless mother. He "becomes her arms" and the "two" undertake a grisly campaign of murder and revenge. Written by Hallow Looyuh

Plot Keywords
Taglines Forget Everything You Have Ever Seen See more »
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Also Known As
  • Holy Blood (World-wide, English title)
  • Santa sangre (France)
  • Святая кровь (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Свята кръв (Bulgaria, Bulgarian title)
  • Sveta krv (Serbia)
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Runtime
  • 123 min
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Budget $787,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Short Time/Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!/Wild Orchid/Without You I'm Nothing/Santa Sangre (1990). See more »
Soundtracks Caballo negro See more »
Crazy Credits [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 »
Quotes Concha: [to Fenix] You can't atone for your sins with nightmares.
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