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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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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

After Pete exits the hospital where Mel's body was taken, the sign says Cibolo County General Hospital. There is a Cibolo County (Grants), New Mexico, but none in Texas. Cibolo County, NM is about 450 NNW of the movie setting. See more »

Quotes

Pete Perkins: You need to investigate them border patrols that use a 223.
Belmont: You want me to investigate the Kennedy assassination while I'm at it?
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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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References The Lady from Shanghai (1947) See more »

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This Could Be The One
(2000)
Written by Michael Morales
Performed by Flaco Jiménez (as Flaco Jimenez)
Produced by Michael Morales (as Michael) and Ron Morales at Studio M,
San Antonio, Texas
© Boom Tat Music Publishing / ASCAP
(P) 2000 Back Porch / Virgin Records Ltd.
From the album "Sleepy Town"
Courtesy of EMI Music France
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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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