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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

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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Rachel
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Rosa
Ignacio Guadalupe ...
Lucio
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Manuel (as Irineo Álvarez)
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Juan
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Storyline

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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For justice. For loyalty. For friendship. See more »


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

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Release Date:

24 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$759,792 (France) (2 December 2005)

Gross:

$5,023,275 (USA) (2 June 2006)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Mike Norton shows no sign of beard growth during the entire stretch of his captivity. He should have had at least several days of beard growth by the time he and Pete made it to "Jimenez". See more »

Quotes

Pete Perkins: You try to run away again, and I'll kill you. I guess you know that by now.
Mike Norton: Yes, sir.
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Crazy Credits

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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Fair to Midland
(2003)
Written by Dwight Yoakam
Performed by Dwight Yoakam
© So Forth Music, Administered worldwide by Bug Music Inc.,
Courtesy of French Fried Music
Dwight Yoakam appears courtesy of Koch Records
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Flawless
30 December 2005 | by (Martigny, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This movie not only has some of the best acting I've seen in a while; but also it features a full cast of interesting characters - from the protagonists to random encounters, each one seems... to exist somewhere beyond the screen. Top notch photography, emotionally wrenching, dealing with complex issues of today's society and depicting everything unashamedly, this movie is simply awesome. Every little detail seems to have been worked at, pondered over and hammered out until it was just perfect. Every single character is memorable. Every single shot is beautiful. I could simply find no flaws with it.

While some may find the subject of the movie distasteful, I found the manner in which it is approached to be just perfect. There are of course clichés - these are inevitable. But the attention to detail brings this movie to such heights of perfection that you cannot help but twist your face into a satisfying grin while the movie is on, and for much time afterwards.


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