Alejandro Jodorowsky as The Alchemist; Horבcio Salinas as The Thief; Zamira Saunders as The Written Woman; Juan Ferrara as Fon; Adriana Page as Isla; Burt Kleiner as Klen; Valerie Jodorowsky as Sel; Nicky Nichols as Berg; Richard Rutowski as Axon; Luis Lomeli as Lut; Ana De Sade as The Prostitute; Leticia Robles as Bald Woman 1; Connie De La Mora as Bald Woman 2; David Kapralik as Tourist; Jacqueline Voltaire as Tourist Wife; Hor?cio Salinas as The Thief
A common thief is tied up on a huge cross and stoned by a group of young boys. As he wanders through the town; merchants think he looks like Christ and they make little figurines in his likeness and call him simply Thief. These charlatans making a comparison between him and Christ offend Thief and he shatters their statuettes. Then he seeks a guru who can lead him on the path of true self-awareness. He meets an experimental scientist who is able to convince him of his qualification by turning the Thief's excrement into gold. Convinced he has found his spiritual teacher; he joins up with the scientist and his group of followers who each represent a particular evil in this world. The troupe all head for the "The Holy Mountain" where nine sages are said to live. The scientist tells his followers that these sages have the answers to life and self-awareness and will enlighten them all so they can at last understand the true meaning of their lives.