Sad Hill Cemetery

On 08.1.10, in History, by Sad Hill

Sad Hill Cemetery is the name of the burial grounds where the Mexican standoff takes place during the finale of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, filmed in 1966. Sergio Leone, the film’s director, hired 250 Spanish soldiers to build Sad Hill Cemetery in Carazo, Spain, near Salas de los Infantes. Construction of the graveyard took two full days.

Sad Hill Cemetery

Geographical coordinates of Sad Hill Cemetery’s location: 41º 59′ 25.86″ N, 3º 24′ 30.64″ W (41.990517, -3.408511)

A circular stone proscenium and parapet in the middle of the cemetery was the stage for a showdown of truth between the films main characters; Blondie (Clint Eastwood), Tuco (Eli Wallach) and Angel Eyes (Lee Van Cleef). The stonework has long since been removed, but the surrounding burial mounds are still somewhat pronounced.

Sad Hill Cemetery

We pick up the story where Tuco is being tortured by Angel Eyes and his associate. Tuco reveals Sad Hill Cemetery as the location of a fortune in buried gold and that only Blondie knows the name on the grave. Angel Eyes offers Blondie an equal partnership and Blondie agrees.

Later, Tuco and Blondie meet by chance in a town that’s under evacuation due to a nearby war. Together, they turn against Angel Eyes but he escapes.

On their way to Sad Hill Cemetery, Tuco and Blondie are blocked by a war between Union and Confederate soldiers fighting for control of a strategic bridge. At the scene of the war, Tuco reveals Sad Hill Cemetery as the location of the gold and Blondie reveals the name of the grave, “Arch Stanton.” Blondie stops to tend to a dying young soldier and Tuco sees it as an opportunity to retrieve the gold for himself.

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Upon Tuco’s arrival at Sad Hill Cemetery, he begins a dizzying search in an endless sea of tombstones and grave markers — perfectly accompanied by “The Ecstasy of Gold,” music by Ennio Morricone the composer of the film’s soundtrack. Tuco manages to locate Arch Stanton’s grave but during his fruitless excavation Blondie and Angel Eyes arrive. Blondie, declaring he never revealed the true name of the grave, tells Tuco and Angel Eyes that “two hundred thousand dollars is a lot of money. We’re going to have to earn it.”

So Blondie “writes” the name of the grave on a rock and places it in the center of Sad Hill Cemetery and the moment of truth has arrived.

Mexican Standoff

Photos of Sad Hill Cemetery remains: HERE

Other Sad Hill Cemetery info: HERE

Wikipedia: HERE

Map view: HERE

Overhead Google View: HERE

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  9. DLT says:

    Sad hill was not about a Mexican stand off but a Civil War battle between the Union and Confederate forces over the bridge. The movie is replete with actual references, uniforms and battle sequences.

  10. sohail says:

    I love this movie,I’ve watched this movie many times,wanna watch it again

  11. Egbele tom says:

    It is a film i ve watched is a master piece.welldone.

    • Egbele tom says:

      The film the good, bad and ugly,is a reflection of all life is about in our comtemporary world.

  12. oigres17 says:

    48 years afther, two graves appear in the real Sad Hill Cemetery

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