El Topo

Lists: Action, Adventure, Drama, Westerns, Avant-Garde Films

Brief Synopsis: "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."

Overall Ranking: 0 (Rank from 1970: # 0)

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David Baruffi97(full review)
Stu Loves Film80(full review)Comedy: 4
Sex Appeal: 4
Scary: 4
Rewatch: 6

People Involved

  • Alejandro Jodorowsky (El Topo)
  • Brontis Jodorowsky (Son of El Topo)
  • José Legarreta (Dying Man)
  • Alfonso Arau (Bandit)
  • José Luis Fernández (Bandit)
  • David Silva (The Colonel)
  • Ignacio Martínez España (Armless Man)
  • Mara Lorenzio (Mara)
  • Alejandro Jodorowsky (Director)