The Ecstasy of Gold

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"The Ecstasy of Gold"
Song by Ennio Morricone
from the album The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
GenreFilm score, western
Songwriter(s)Ennio Morricone

"The Ecstasy of Gold" (Italian: L'estasi dell'oro) is a musical composition by Ennio Morricone, part of his score for the Sergio Leone film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. It is played while Tuco (Eli Wallach) is frantically searching a cemetery for the grave that holds $200,000 in gold coins. Sung by Edda Dell'Orso, it stands as one of the most well known of Morricone's themes.

Appearances in other media[edit]

By other musicians[edit]



  • The song is used as incidental music in The Simpsons episode Super Franchise Me, the third episode of the show's 26th season.
  • The episode "XCIII" in Samurai Jack's 5th season pays homage to the cemetery scene when Jack hides from the Daughters of Aku in a stone coffin within a ruined temple (complete with a reimagining of The Ecstasy of Gold).[8]
  • A remixed version of the song plays in the background of a Modelo beer commercial featuring Anthony Munoz.

Video games[edit]

  • An arranged version, composed by Michiko Naruke, titled "Lone Bird in the Shire" is featured as the overworld theme in the 1996 PlayStation RPG Wild ARMs.
  • Bandini's remix is used in the introduction sequence of the 2010 Activision racing game, Blur.[citation needed]
  • Used in Ubisoft Entertainment's "Free-to-play Weekend" trailer for the game Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.


  • A commercial for Nike entitled "Fate" used the song within an overall "immovable object vs. infinite force" theme.[9]
  • A commercial for Modelo Especial beer using the Bandini remix has been circulating since at least 2015.[10][dead link][11]
  • A commercial for L.L. Bean entitled "The Pitch", showing friends playing wiffle ball in the rain, used the song in 2018.[12]

Radio and podcasts[edit]


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  9. ^ "Nike "Fate" Leave Nothing commercial w/ LT & Polamalu". Oct 10, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via YouTube.
  10. ^ "Modelo Especial commercial" – via YouTube.
  11. ^ "Javier Lezama - Modelo - Modelo Especial TV Commercial, Fighting for Honor". May 12, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "L.L.Bean: The Pitch". September 5, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ "About History on Fire".