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.
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.
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.
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.
Photos of Sad Hill Cemetery remains: HERE
Other Sad Hill Cemetery info: HERE
Map view: HERE
Overhead Google View: HERE