Tusk (1980)

Original Title : Tusk
Director : Alejandro Jodorowsky
Writer : Reginald Campbell
Nicholas Niciphor
Alejandro Jodorowsky
Jeffrey O'Kelly
Genre : Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Jean-Jacques Fourgeaud, Éric Rochat, Sylvio Tabet
Music : Jean-Claude Petit
Guy Skornik
Martin St. Pierre
Photography : Jean-Jacques Flori
Distributor : Société des Etablissements L. Gaumont
IMDB ID : 0078356
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Tusk (1980) - Alejandro Jodorowsky


Cyrielle Claire Elise
Anton Diffring John Morrison
Serge Merlin Greyson
Christopher Mitchum Richard Cairn
Michel Peyrelon Shakley
Sukumar Anhana The Maharajah
B. Chandrasherkhra Deepak
Oriole Henry Elise at Age 5
Andy Jenny The Reverend
Krake The Maharand
C.S. Lalitha The Indian Girl
Lalitha The Musician
Nadar The Sage
B.N.K. Nagaraj Samadhi
Retha The Nurse
Sempath Shetty Jagdish
Swami The Insane Guru
T. Venketappa Ram Baba
Menoara the Elephant Tusk


An English girl and an Indian elephant, born on the same day, share a common destiny.


This and The Rainbow Thief are the two films that are always mentioned as Jodorowsky duds. While I agree that neither of them have anything close to what you can see in his masterpieces (I like Holy Mountain the best, and it's definitely the weirdest one, although Santa Sangre might objectively be considered his "best" film)I feel that both are still worth watching, because they are still Jodorowsky films even if everything is a bit diluted from what it could have been. What can be said in favor of this elephant "panic fable"? Tusk still contains some of the bizarre energy that marks J's work, and has some very odd music throughout. The strangest scene is a trippy day-for-night chase and elephant vs. elephant battle, complete with crazy 70's synthesizer rock a la Styx(!) Only for a Jodorowsky completist, perhaps, but we are quite the bunch.