The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada


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Veteran screen star Tommy Lee Jones makes his directorial debut with the fractured tale of murder and injustice on the U.S.-Mexico border scripted by Amores Perros and 21 Grams screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. Mike Norton (Barry Pepper) is a fresh-faced Border Patrol officer in Cibolo County, TX, whose dedication to his new job leaves his lonely wife, Lou Ann (January Jones), with little to do but spend her days at the local diner, where she strikes up a friendship with waitress Rachel (Melissa Leo). Despite her own status as a married woman, Rachel is unfulfilled in her marriage and is intimately involved with both rugged rancher Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones) and local sheriff Belmont (Dwight Yoakam). Soon after Pete hires Mexican illegal Melquiades Estrada (Julio César Cedillo) as a ranch hand, the growing bond between the pair is suddenly shattered when, in a moment of panic on a routine patrol, Mike hastily guns down the innocent Melquaides. When an enraged Pete learns that Mike has unceremoniously buried the illegal immigrant in an unmarked desert grave and local authorities opt to overlook the case, he kidnaps the crooked lawman and sets out to ensure that justice is served with or without the involvement of the local police force.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/28/2019
UPC: 0043396557604
Original Release: 2005
Rating: R
Source: Sony Mod
Region Code: ABC
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 22,657

Special Features

Commentary with Tommy Lee Jones, Dwight Yoakam and January Jones; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tommy Lee Jones Pete Perkins
Barry Pepper Mike Norton
Julio Cedillo Melquiades Estrada
Dwight Yoakam Sheriff Frank Belmont
January Jones Lou Ann Norton
Melissa Leo Rachel
Levon Helm Old Man With Radio
Melvin Rodriguez Captain Gomez
Cecilia Suarez Rosa
Ignacio Guadalupe Lucio
Vanessa Bauche Mariana
Irineo Alvarez Manuel
Guillermo Arriaga Juan
Josh Berry Border Patrolman
Rodger Boyce Salesman
Edwin 'Bubba' Broussard Bubba
René Campero Don Casimiro
Lupe Campos Sands Guy 2
Ariel Castro Jorge
Uriel Chavez Cowboy 2
Sonny Carl Davis Kruger
Montserrat De León El Toston Woman 2
Jesse De Luna Miller
Richard Dillard Jim
Jorge Ádrian Espíndola Cowboy 1
Jordan Henderson Mary, Soap Opera Girl
Sean Hennigan Chuck
Karen Jones Dog Lady
Richard Jones Bob
Victoria Jones Immigrant Girl
Raul Molinar Radio Announcer 1
Adrian Navarette Agustin
Lonnie Nelson Gravedigger
Juan Pareja Sands Guy 1
Terry Parks Neil
Gustavo Sánchez Parra Tomas
Hugo Perez Man
Paulina Reyes Piano Player
Sergio Rodriguez Radio Announcer 2
Charles Sanders Doctor
Brent Smiga Deputy Antonio
Spike Spencer John, Soap Opera
Angelina C. Torres Adriana
Barry Tubb A.L.
Guillermo Von Son Chino
Maya Zapata El Toston Woman 1
Pete Anthony Conductor

Technical Credits
Tommy Lee Jones Director,Producer
Guillermo Arriaga Screenwriter
Marco Beltrami Score Composer
Luc Besson Producer
Jo Edna Boldin Casting
Merideth Boswell Production Designer
Michael Fitzgerald Producer
Annette Fradera Musical Direction/Supervision
Philip Hardage Asst. Director
Joel Harlow Makeup Special Effects
Rob Hinderstein Makeup Special Effects
Kathy Kiatta Costumes/Costume Designer
Jeff Knipp Art Director
Jerome Lateur Musical Direction/Supervision
Duane Manwiller Camera Operator
Jeanne McCarthy Casting
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Héctor Ortega Cinematographer
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam Producer
Roberto Silvi Editor
Richard Snell Makeup
Manuel Teil Casting
Rene Villarreal Asst. Director
Mark Weingarten Sound Mixer

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie tells a realistic story of prejudice and justice. Tommy Lee Jones does a great acting job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This quirky tale includes some great casting - Barry Pepper does a creditable job as the Border Patrol newbie who kills Mel. Tommy Lee Jones is fantastic, as is Melisaa Leo and, well, just everybody, including the locals playing parts of, well, locals. The special effects guys did a pretty fair job with graphic realism on the body of Melquiades and the journey and scenery are old west beautiful. Levon Helm is outstanding as a blind rancher. Dwight Yoakam tries to be serious but doesn't quite pull it off, although with his role, he must have been a tad self-conscious.This whole movie was a surprise and the ending, while predictable, left me wondering. Could lend itself to a sequel. I was especially impressed with the depiction of the Mexican people (but I don't need to get political here). If only I could have read the name on the bottle of mescal or tequila Pete drank in the cantina, I'd be set. A five tequila shot movie. On my permanent list of great, off-beat flicks.
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