A Mexican master leads a Christ figure and other disciples to a mountain of immortal wise men. The scandal of the 1973 Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky's flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism in The Holy Mountain is a spiritual quest for enlightenment pitting illusion against truth. The Alchemist (Jodorowsky) assembles together a group of people from all walks of life to represent the planets in the solar system. The occult adept's intention is to put his recruits through strange mystical rites and divest them of their worldly baggage before embarking on a trip to Lotus Island. There they ascend the Holy Mountain to displace the immortal gods who secretly rule the universe.

  1. Alejandro Jodorowsky

    Director, Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Alejandro Jodorowsky

    Alejandro Jodorowsky

    The Alchemist

  2. Horacio Salinas

    The Thief

  3. Zamira Saunders

    The Written Woman

  4. Juan Ferrara

    Juan Ferrara

    Fon, He whose planet is Venus

  5. Adriana Page

    Isla, She whose planet is Mars

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The Holy Mountain
The Holy Mountain



Original Title La montaña sagrada

Status Released

Release Information

  • May 1, 1973


  • November 29, 1973


Original Language Spanish; Castilian

Runtime 1h 54m

Budget -

Revenue -



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