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El Topo


Alejandro Jodorowsky

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About the Movie

Originally released in 1970, Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo quickly caught the imagination of movie audiences, becoming a landmark in independent film-making. The early screenings at New York's Elgin Theater sparked the Midnight Movie phenomena, catalyzed by an endorsement from John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Classic Americana and avant-garde European sensibilities collide with Zen Buddhism and the Bible as master gunfighter and mystic El Topo (played by writer/director Alejandro Jodorowsky) tries to defeat four sharp-shooting rivals on a bizarre path to allegorical self-awareness and resurrection. As it seeks an alternative to the Hollywood mainstream, El Topo is also the most controversial quasi-Western head trip ever made!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 41
  • Fresh: 32
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: El Topo is a good deal more interesting and a good deal less hung up on its own pretensions than all my most intelligent friends had led me to believe. – Roger Greenspun, New York Times, Sep 19, 2008

Fresh: The film is by turns comic and profound, hysterical and pompous, fully complex enough to deserve more than a simple yea or nay. – Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine, Nov 15, 2013

Rotten: A dreary, protracted exercise in sadomasochism. – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: You may find it a tiresome, macho relic -- or a ragtag circus wandering through a fantasy realm part Treasure of the Sierra Madre, part Tolkien's Middle-earth. – J. Hoberman, Village Voice, Dec 30, 2006

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Customer Reviews

El Topo!

Be prepared to live the most wonderful experience of your life. El Topo goes beyond mere spectacle; it is an experience for all your life.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Foreign
  • Released: 1970

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