“There are two kind of people in this world my friend, those with spades and those with loaded pistols, you dig “!
These are some of the most memorable lines from this Sergio Leones masterpiece. The epic final shoot out at Sad Hill cemetery involving Blondie, Tuco and Angel eyes, is a larger than life, cinematographic experience.
Most of the movies opening scenes were filmed around Tabernas, located near Almeria, the gateway to Europe’s only desert, in Southern Spain.
Geology students soon realized that the limestone cliffs featuring in the late stages of the film, were actually 650 kms north, in the area of Burgos.
In the summer of 1966, Spanish Army engineers started work, to build various film sets for a Western, whose working title was, “Two magnificent rogues ” After two months of effort they had created A Union prisoners war camp, a massive bridge battle site and finally a vast military cemetery named Sad Hill. Little did they know, that their labour would result in one of the most iconic set locations ever created!
An amazing rotunda from which only one victor would escape alive! Clint Eastwood recalls that it took two weeks to shoot a 20 min sequence including aerial footage, that was never used.
In 2015 local enthusiasts, called “The friends of Sad Hill”, started a campaign to restore the site and began clearing the stone rotunda of mulch and soil. After 18 month of intensive labour it was completed and you can now visit this exceptional former set location.
Just remember, there are two kind of people in this world, the one’s who have seen and experienced Sad Hill, and the others that haven’t, yet!