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Three Burials (2005)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (original title)
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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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Tommy Lee Jones
5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tommy Lee Jones ... Pete Perkins
Barry Pepper ... Mike Norton
Julio Cesar Cedillo ... Melquiades Estrada (as Julio César Cedillo)
Dwight Yoakam ... Belmont
January Jones ... Lou Ann Norton
Melissa Leo ... Rachel
Levon Helm ... Old Man with Radio
Mel Rodriguez ... Captain Gomez
Cecilia Suárez ... Rosa
Ignacio Guadalupe ... Lucio
Vanessa Bauche ... Mariana
Irineo Alvarez Irineo Alvarez ... Manuel (as Irineo Álvarez)
Guillermo Arriaga ... Juan
Josh Berry ... Border Patrolman
Rodger Boyce ... 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

France | Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 February 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The 3 Burials of Melquiades Estrada See more »

Filming Locations:

Shafter, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,859, 18 December 2005

Gross USA:

$5,027,684

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,045,362
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| | (TV)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

Just after Pete describes the Melquiades house at the end of the movie, there seems to be some sort of crew member visible starting in the lower left-hand corner of the screen. 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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Crazy Credits

The title of the film and the various title cards are in both English and Spanish. See more »

Connections

References Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia (1974) 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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Sad and sometimes quirky journey about friendship, loss and regret
1 November 2005 | by IAN-CinemaniacSee all my reviews

I just had the pleasure of seeing this wholly original modern-day American western. Just when you think you have this film's plot pigeon holed it takes you in a different direction. THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA is in part a revenge story, but it's also much more than that. There are no one dimensional characters. As much as you want to hate Barry Pepper's numbed border patrol officer, you can't help but feel sorry for him. And Tommy Lee Jones' Pete will break your heart. He and Pepper have never been better and Jones' direction is natural and subtle. My only problem with the film was sometimes it got a little too quirky for its own good. But for the most part I believed every moment and really cared for these lost characters. It's one of those films that really leaves you thinking about a lot of stuff, from mortality and loss to the very real problems of racism and inhumanity. It's never preachy or self aware and isn't out to impress, it's just telling a story. I highly recommend this movie. It's by far one of the best films I've seen recently.


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