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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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24 February 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The 3 Burials of Melquiades Estrada  »

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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

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

Goofs

When Norton is reading the Hustler alone and on hearing gun shots he runs back to the truck to get his gun, his trousers are unbuckled and keep on falling. He gets into the truck, grabs the guns without buckling his trousers, gets out and starts running to fire at Melquiades, but now his trousers are buckled and don't fall down. See more »

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[last lines]
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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Featured in Three Burials: Making the Music (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

I Wonder Who'll Turn Out The Lights (In Your World Tonight)
(2004)
Written by Mack Vickery (as Vickery) / Wayne Kemp (as Kemp)
Performed by Bobby Flores
© Sony / ATV Tree Publishing
(from the Bobby Flores album "Festival Favorites" on Yellow Rose Records)
Drums: Jim Loessberg, Bass: Jake Hooker, Piano: Randy Reinhard, Steel Guitar: Dicky Overbey,
Guitars, Vocals: Bobby Flores
Recorded at B.G.M. Studio in San Antonio, TX.
Recorded for Yellow Rose Records, LLC.
Exec. Producer: Al Michalczak,
Produced by Bobby Flores, Mixed by Bill Green & Bobby Flores
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Flawless indeed... amazing film
9 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

Tommy Lee Jones' film about a rancher (Jones) who keeps his promise to his friend and co-worker Melquiades Estrada who wanted to be buried in his homeland in Mexico. The film is slow at times, but gets it point across well, and I believe those instances in the film where not much is going on actually help it in order to put things in perspective for us viewers. The cinematography is artistically beautiful, while the score, screenplay from Guillermo Arriaga (who also appears in the film) and the performancer are first-rate. Amazing how films like this go virtually overlooked in the press and eyes of mainstream American cinema-goers. This film deserves to get all the nomination and award hype that less worthy stuff like Brokeback mountain or even Walk the line have received. This is a true masterpiece from Tommy Lee Jones, who proves hes just as credible in directing as in acting. 10/10


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