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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

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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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... Pete Perkins
... Mike Norton
... Melquiades Estrada (as Julio César Cedillo)
... Belmont
... Lou Ann Norton
... Rachel
... Old Man with Radio
... Captain Gomez
... Rosa
Ignacio Guadalupe ... Lucio
... Mariana
Irineo Alvarez ... Manuel (as Irineo Álvarez)
... Juan
... Border Patrolman
... Salesman
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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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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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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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Trivia

The screenplay was written in Spanish by Guillermo Arriaga but was translated in to English by Tommy Lee Jones. See more »

Goofs

When Norton is heading out on a solo patrol before encountering Melquiades, he drives briskly through the countryside without wearing his seatbelt. When he stops the car to get out, he unclips his seatbelt. 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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Referenced in Three Burials: Making the Music (2006) See more »

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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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- Strong piece of work from Tommy Lee Jones..
29 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Directed by Tommy Lee Jones (2005)

I have always liked Tommy Lee Jones as an actor. He has made some really great performances in the movies JFK, Heaven & Earth, and The Fugitive. And otherwise he has always been good, although he got some typecast in some stereotype roles. In 1995 he debuted as a director on TV, with the movie The Good Old Boys, which I sadly haven't seen. Now, he has joined some of his famous and acknowledged colleges like Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington, and made the step from actor, to actor & director in his own very first motion picture - The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

In this movie, Tommy plays the lead as Pete Perkins, who under some mysterious circumstances, finds out that his best friend has got killed. As a consequence of this, he reacts strong and dramatically, wanting to fulfil his old promise to his, now gone, friend.

The script is written by Guillermo Arriaga, and he mixes the characters and the beautiful landscape into an original story, dealing with many subjects. As said before, the movie is beautifully filmed and good edited. Aside from the director, the shooting star – Barry Pepper – delivers another very good and solid performance! He is a very good actor, which I hope to see a lot from in the future…

All in all a solid, and good piece of movie craft from Tommy Lee Jones, which I know respect more than ever!

8/10


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