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.

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  1. Alejandro Jodorowsky

    Author, Director

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  1. Alejandro Jodorowsky

    Alejandro Jodorowsky

    El Topo

  2. Brontis Jodorowsky

    Brontis Jodorowsky

    Son of El Topo

  3. JL

    José Legarreta

    Dying Man

  4. Alfonso Aráu

    Alfonso Aráu


  5. JL

    José Luis Fernández


  6. David Silva

    David Silva

    The Colonel

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Status Released

Original Language Spanish

Runtime 2h 5m

Budget $400,000.00

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  • December 18, 1970
    NR, Theatrical



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