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The Holy Mountain (1973)

La montaña sagrada (original title)
In a corrupt, greed-fueled world, a powerful alchemist leads a Christ-like character and seven materialistic figures to the Holy Mountain, where they hope to achieve enlightenment.

Director:

Alejandro Jodorowsky (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)

Writer:

Alejandro Jodorowsky (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alejandro Jodorowsky ... The Alchemist (as Alexandro Jodorowsky)
Horacio Salinas ... The Thief
Zamira Saunders Zamira Saunders ... The Written Woman (as Ramona Saunders)
Juan Ferrara ... Fon
Adriana Page Adriana Page ... Isla
Burt Kleiner ... Klen
Valerie Jodorowsky ... Sel
Nicky Nichols ... Berg
Richard Rutowski ... Axon (as Richard Rutowsky)
Luis Lomelí Luis Lomelí ... Lut
Ana De Sade ... The Prostitute
Chucho-Chucho Chucho-Chucho ... The Chimpanzee
Letícia Robles ... Bald Woman 1 (as Leticia Robles)
Connie De La Mora ... Bald Woman 2
David Kapralik David Kapralik ... Tourist
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Storyline

A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful people, each representing a planet in the Solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal.

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

11 July 1975 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Holy Mountain See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,143, 21 January 2007

Gross USA:

$61,001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,858
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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During Axon's hallucination, the battling dogs were indeed real fighting dogs. See more »

Quotes

Lut, He whose planet is Pluto: [vomits] His feet stink.
The Alchemist: He has beautiful feet.
Lut, He whose planet is Pluto: I can't stand the smell!
The Alchemist: [attacks Lut, breaking his legs] When he puts your bones back together, you will like his smell!
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User Reviews

 
Not just a Film, an Experience!!!
24 April 2005 | by NateManDSee all my reviews

How can the average person describe the Holy Mountain? They can't, It's one of those films that is so bizarre that one has to witness it at least 5 times to fully appreciate it. Alejandro Jodorowsky takes every form of religion and mysticism and puts it into symbolic imagery, that turns into a two hour mind trip. The film is not thrown together, each scene is so chock full of strange imagery, yet each image has a particular meaning. The plot concerns, the thief, who seems to be representational of Christ in modern times. The thief awakens in the desert, almost crucified by children, he is then rescued by an amputee dwarf. After him and the dwarf share a joint, they travel through different scene after scene of surreal images. In one scenario a police state has taken over downtown Mexico. Innocent people are massacred, and birds fly out of their bullet wounds. The conquest of Mexico is reenacted by frogs and iguanas. The Christ character gets drunk with Roman soldiers, and they make a mold of him to produce statues for profit. And this is all in the first twenty minutes. The occult science of alchemy is another factor of the film. The thief finally meets the alchemist, played by Jodorowsky himself, and the alchemist turns his excrement into gold. The black magic of alchemy involves the nine planets of the solar system. We are then introduced to 7 of the most powerful people in the world named after the planets of the solar system. Each person is corrupt and greedy involved in politics, war or mass marketing. Each person who has their own planet, and a weakness is willing to give up their money and be reborn as a Buddhist monk. In a way these people are alchemists also since they have the ability to turn worthless items such as weapons and cosmetics into riches. Since money is just paper, in a way the magic of alchemy in everyday life convinces us that the dollar bill is of value. Many aspects of life are just an illusion, just as in cinema. In the Holy Mountain Jodorowsky proves to be the master of illusion like a magician. Also his character, the Alchemist has the job of spiritual leader to lead all of the 9 people to the Holy Mountain including the Christ character and the women with the Kaballah tattoos. Also the film is indulgent at times in it's Frued like sexuality and nudity. It is both strange and intriguing, both hilarious and horrifying, and one of the weirdest films your most likely to see. Their is so much that happens in this film, that it's almost impossible to describe. People who are looking for deep meaning in films like Donnie Darko need to keep searching, the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky would be a good start. The Holy Mountain is not only a masterpiece, it's a spiritual journey, and it just might very well change the way you look at the world. Not everyone will like it, so sit back and watch with an open mind. The Holy Mountain is one of the most underrated and important films ever made. 10/10


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