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Sad Hill Unearthed (2017)

Desenterrando Sad Hill (original title)
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A documentary following film fans working to restore the set of the climatic graveyard scene from the iconic spaghetti western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ennio Morricone
James Hetfield
Joe Dante
Clint Eastwood
Sergio Leone ... Himself (archive footage)
Álex de la Iglesia
Sergio Salvati
Joseba del Valle Joseba del Valle
David Alba Romero David Alba Romero
Sergio García Hernández Sergio García Hernández
Diego Montero Diego Montero
Eugenio Alabiso Eugenio Alabiso
Stephen Leigh Stephen Leigh
Daniel Jeffery ... Himself (archive footage)
Carlo Leva Carlo Leva


In 1966 the Spanish Army built a huge cemetery with 5000 graves in Burgos for the final sequence in the film "The Good the Bad and the Ugly". After the shooting, the whole place was left behind and for 49 years, nature covered every tomb. In October 2015 a group of film fans decided to start digging and under 3 inches of ground they found the original paved circle. For months, people from all around Europe traveled to Sad Hill to unearth and rebuild the place. Sad Hill Unearthed is the amazing story behind one of the most iconic locations in film history. It explores the dreams and motivations behind the fans but also the transformation of art, music and film in a substitute for religion.

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The film was over. The story had only started.




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English | Spanish | Italian | French

Release Date:

1 December 2018 (Spain) See more »

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Box Office


€150,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The location of Sad Hill Cemetery is about 20 miles south-east of Burgos, Spain at 41.990684 North, 3.408154 West. See more »


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The good, the bad and the ... diggers
17 May 2019 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

I have to admit, that since I just casually listen to Metallica and never attended a concert of theirs (my bad of course), I never realized how much they obviously love that Sergio Leone movie. But they are not alone with that love as this documentary shows. There are quite a lot of people out there and they summoned (or gathered) to find one of the films most iconic "set" (which of course was filmed on location in ... Spain).

Very engaging and at times also a behind the scenes to the movie itself, this documentary will give anyone who remotely loves the movie something to cheer on. Now not everyone could be there when they did something monumental. Something that took a lot of time and dedication. But they were rewarded - with this documentary and some choice words after completing the "task". As another reviewer stated - very touching indeed

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