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Ranch hand Pete Perkins looks to fulfill the promise to his recently deceased best friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico.

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Melquiades Estrada (as Julio César Cedillo)
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Rosa
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Manuel (as Irineo Álvarez)
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A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. Written by Anonymous

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mexico | journey | friend | cemetery | promise | See more »

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Nobody is beyond redemption. See more »


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Rated R for language, violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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3 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£82,586 (UK) (31 March 2006)

Gross:

$5,023,275 (USA) (2 June 2006)
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Director/Actor Jones gave each cast member a copy of Albert Camus' "The Stranger" to read so that they would understand alienation, a big theme in both the novel and the film. See more »

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The story takes place in the Big Bend area of Texas but there is a banner in the restaurant for the Van Horn Lion's Club. Van Horn is a long way from the Big Bend. See more »

Quotes

Pete Perkins: What's Belmont doing?
Rachel: He went on vacation. He said that it wasn't his problem, that it was between you and the Border Patrol, and he wanted to go to Sea World.
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The title of the film and the various title cards are in both English and Spanish. See more »

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Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

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Workin' Man Blues
(1969)
Written by Merle Haggard
Performed by Merle Haggard
© Sony / ATV Music Publishing LLC d/b/a Tree Production
(P) 1985 Sony / ATV Music Publishing LLC d/b/a Tree Production
Courtesy of Sony / ATV Music Publishing LLC d/b/a Tree Production
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Nobody is beyond redemption...
2 December 2005 | by (Lomé) – See all my reviews

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is for me the film that saved 2005. Written by Guillermo Arriaga, also writer of "Amores Perros" and "21 grams" and the first movie of Tommy Lee Jones as a director (but also lead actor), "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" tells the story of Ranch hand Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones) who wants to fulfill the promise he made to his recently deceased Mexican friend by burying him in his hometown in Mexico. The power of this modern western and initiatic journey resides in the complexity of the characters, their depth and their controversial behavior. None of the protagonists are one dimensional; none of them are right or wrong but all of them do right and wrong things. They are not always rational, and most of the time they feel lost. In one word they all appear profoundly human. Build over a chase dynamic fueled with contrasts and paradoxes, the film opposes Wild West landscape and Modern carton built houses, 4WD tracking hunt and horse back journey, fake TV soaps and true friendship but maybe most of all Freedom and Prison. Indeed most if not all characters are trapped in their apathetic lives from which they can't or don't want to escape forcing us to ask ourselves how close is our lives to the spectacle projected in front of our eyes. Melquiades Estrada embodies this possibility of Escape and now that he has been buried 3 times he transcends this Freedom making redemption possible not only through death but also through rebirth, suggesting that nobody is beyond it.


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