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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 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
Released 1966
Genre Film score, western
Length 3:22
Songwriter(s) Ennio Morricone
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly track listing
The Death of a Soldier
"The Ecstasy of Gold"
The Trio (main title)


Other usesEdit

By Other MusiciansEdit

In Other FilmsEdit

On TelevisionEdit

  • 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]

In Video GamesEdit

In CommercialsEdit

  • A commercial for Modelo Especial beer using the Bandini remix of "The Ecstasy of Gold" has been circulating since at least 2015. [9]
  • A commercial for Nike entitled "Fate" uses the song within the overall "immovable object vs infinite force theme."[citation needed]

On Radio and in PodcastsEdit

  • The theme music for Daniele Bolelli's "History on Fire" Podcast. [10]
  • Used as the opening theme song for The Opie & Anthony Show on WNEW radio (1998-2002) and XM Satellite Radio (2004-2014)


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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. ^ "Modelo Especial commercial". 
  10. ^ "About History on Fire".