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El Topo
Jodorowsky, Alejandro, screenwriter, director.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : ABKCO Films ; Troy, MI : Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, [2007]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (124 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
After coming upon the scene of a horrifying massacre, roaming gunslinger El Topo demands justice. He learns that the atrocity was committed by someone named The Colonel, and after tracking down the villain and his equally vile men, the mystery man murders them all. A young woman is so grateful to be released from the Colonel's bondage that she agrees to ride with El Topo. But she does not love him and will only pledge her devotion if he kills the four greatest guns in the desert. One by one, El Topo finds the fiends and destroys them. But he is eventually double-crossed, finding himself left for dead among an underground collective of deformed freaks. Vowing to change his ways, he commits to building a tunnel between the cave and the local town. Little does he know that the people in the surrounding village purposefully shunned these lost souls and will do anything--including murder--to keep them away.
General Note:
"High definition transfer and digital restoration in co-operation with and approved by Mr. Jodorowsky"--Container.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1970.

Burial -- Bandits -- Colonel -- Mara -- 1st master -- 2nd master -- 3rd master -- 4th master -- Betrayal -- Rebirth -- Town -- Beggars -- Miracle -- Tunnel.
Reading Level:
MPIAA rating: Not rated ; "Warning: Contains strong sexual content and graphic violence"--Container.

Format :


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DVD 45132 Adult DVD Foreign Language
DVD 45132 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video

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This violent and allegorical Mexican western attracted a cult following in its day. It is the story of El Topo, a gunslinger who sets out for revenge against the outlaws who slew his wife. He ends up getting his revenge and saving the life of a woman who is being terrorized by bandits. She leads El Topo (which means "the Mole" in English) on a search for the region's top four gunfighters. But before they set off, Topo leaves his young son in a monastery. He and the woman hook up with another female and begin their search. During one battle, El Topo is wounded and the women leave him to die. His comatose body is found by a strange group of cave dwelling people who take him to their subterranean home. He does not wake up for many years. When he does, he is enlisted to help the clan dig an escape tunnel. Later they come to a tiny town where the residents belong to a weird religious cult and El Topo's son has become a monk. The townsfolk are terrorized by a sadistic sheriff. When the clan members come into the town, the stage is set for a blood-soaked tragedy. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi