The Ecstasy of Gold

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"The Ecstasy of Gold" (Italian: L'estasi dell'oro) is a musical composition by Ennio Morricone, part of his score for the 1966 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.

"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

Appearances in other mediaEdit

By other musiciansEdit



  • 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 song heavily derived from The Ecstasy of Gold is used as opening theme for Miracle Workers.

Video gamesEdit

  • 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.[9]
  • Used in Ubisoft Entertainment's "Free-to-play Weekend" trailer for the game Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege.[10]


  • A commercial for Nike entitled "Fate" used the song within an overall "immovable object vs. unstoppable force" theme.[11]
  • A commercial for Modelo Especial beer using the Bandini remix has been circulating since at least 2015.[12][13]
  • A commercial for L.L. Bean entitled "The Pitch", showing friends playing wiffle ball in the rain, used the song in 2018.[14]
  • A commercial for KFC in the UK showing a Mexican standoff between a chicken and a turkey used the song. [15]
  • A commercial for Dolce & Gabbana released in 2019 promoting their K fragrance features the Bandini Remix version of the song. [16]

Radio and podcastsEdit


  • The first half of "The Ecstasy of Gold" is played before every home game of Los Angeles FC, right before the players take to the pitch.
  • Parts of "The Ecstasy of Gold" is played with historical highlights of sc Heerenveen, right before the players take to the pitch.


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  2. ^ "Yo-Yo Ma Plays Ennio Morricone". Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  3. ^ "Remixes 2: Ennio Morricone: Music". Retrieved 2012-02-14.
  4. ^ Ennio Morricone - Remixes Vol. 2 (2-CD). "Ennio Morricone - Remixes Vol. 2 (2-CD)Compost Records". Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-14.
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  6. ^ "Movie connections for Jackass Number Two (2006)". Retrieved 2007-11-13.
  7. ^ "Clip from 'Sponge Out of Water'".
  8. ^ Fashwath _07 (2017-03-18), Samurai Jack Season 5 Episode 2 - XCIII, retrieved 2017-03-19
  9. ^, BLUR The Game Intro Video HD, retrieved 2020-10-23
  10. ^ PlayStation Europe, Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege | Free Weekend Trailer | PS4, retrieved 2019-01-06
  11. ^ "Nike "Fate" Leave Nothing commercial w/ LT & Polamalu". Oct 10, 2008. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "Modelo Especial commercial". Archived from the original on 2017-04-07 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ "Javier Lezama - Modelo - Modelo Especial TV Commercial, Fighting for Honor". May 12, 2017. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "L.L.Bean: The Pitch". September 5, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018 – via YouTube.
  15. ^ "KFC UK Christmas Advert 2018". November 12, 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2018 – via YouTube.
  16. ^ "Dolce and Gabbana K commercial". August 31, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  17. ^ "About History on Fire".