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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

R  |   |  Adventure, Crime, Drama  |  3 February 2006 (USA)
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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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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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Rated R for language, violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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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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Barry Pepper's character Mike Norton reads the April 2004 issue of Hustler repeatedly when he's out on patrol. See more »

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Pepper's hair doesn't change in length for the entire stretch of his kidnapping. See more »

Quotes

Border Patrolman: How many got away?
Mike Norton: Three.
Border Patrolman: Well, someone's got to pick strawberries.
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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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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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