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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Location: La Sartenilla - Sabata Finale

Near Tabernas, Spain, there is a location known as La Sartenilla.  This was the desolate area famously used in the opening of The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.  For the film Sabata, this area served as the location of the films finale, when Sabata finally gets his money from Banjo.

Banjo arrives

Sabata and company surprise him

Sabata approaches Banjo

Sabata eyes the money

Sabata retrieves the money and offers Banjo his cut

Sabata rides off

Below is a shot as used in the opening of The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly.  While this scene did not feature LVC, he would visit this location that same year in The Big Gundown (post coming soon!).

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly


  1. The mountains don't change. Thank you Aaron. You planning to visit Sad Hill? It's been restored as far as I know.

    1. I went to Sad Hill last year to see the reconstruction. Breathtaking!

  2. Thank you for the fantastic filming location photos from many movies ! Regarding the end of Sabata, the very last minute is shot near the Salinillas area.
    So Van Cleef first rode off near La Sartenilla, but was shot riding some 4 kilometers or so east-southeast at Las Salinillas as maybe this google maps 3D view https://www.google.es/maps/@37.0173547,-2.4553402,72a,35y,153.59h,78.9t/data=!3m1!1e3 and this still from the movie ending could together indicate. https://www.infoom.se/photo_album.php?ivg=0&type=1&t=&file=https://www.infoom.se/mysite/filer/9801/sabata_sista_scenen_80691.jpg&width=622&height=318

    1. That is correct, the very last shot (end credits) was filmed at Las Salinillas, where Sabata rides towards Alfaro. Look closely and you will notice it isn't LVC on the horse at all!

    2. Aha, I had not reflected over that, but my DVD/TV combination image from the movie does not have a high enough resolution to question that, but maybe the rider to me looks more like the spanish riders I have seen in the Malaga area fiestas - not as tall and thin as Lee Van Cleef :-) )