El topo

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A mysterious black-clad gunfighter wanders a mystical Western landscape encountering multiple bizarre characters.


  • Alejandro Jodorowsky
  • Brontis Jodorowsky
  • José Legarreta
  • Alfonso Arau
  • José Luis Fernández
  • Ali Junco
  • Gerardo Zepeda
  • René Barrera
  • René Alís
  • Federico Gonzáles

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El Topo is never boring, but neither does it hit the trippy heights of something like The Saragossa Manuscript, or the best of Luis Buñuel and Federico Fellini. And with its emphasis on one virile stud's journey to manhood—with women grasping at his cloak—El Topo isn't just drippily New Age-y, it also offers the kind of stealthy paternalism common to the counterculture.

Metacritic review by Noel Murray
Noel Murray
The A.V. Club

One of the classic midnight movies of the Pink Flamingos -- Rocky Horror era, star-director Jodorowsky's metaphysical western about a violent wanderer plays like an especially gun-crazy Sergio Leone saga filtered through several layers of radical European/Latin American cinema and Christian and Buddhist mysticism. Zero cool in its day, it remains a striking film oddity. [16 Feb 2007, p.C4]

Metacritic review by Michael Wilmington
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune