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

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24 February 2006 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$759,792 (France), 2 December 2005

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,859, 18 December 2005

Gross USA:

$5,023,275, 4 June 2006
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The producers tried to sway Tommy Lee Jones from using Mexican pastel colors for the title cards, but he told them he wouldn't budge on his decision. See more »

Goofs

From the time Melquiades' gun is fired and then he's killed; the scenario takes much longer when shown the first time, from Norton's point-of-view. See more »

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Mike Norton: You gonna be all right?
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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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Referenced in Three Burials: Making the Music (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Me Cai De La Nube
(1971)
Written by Cornelio Reyna
Performed by Cornelio Reyna
© 1974 Warner Chappell Music Mexico
(P) 1971 Sony BMG Music Entertainment Mexico
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment France
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France
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Flawless

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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