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Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The

Theatrical Release Date:  30 Mar 2006
Home Ent. Release Date:  06 Aug 2006
Running Time:  121 mins


THREE BURIALS is an epic yet human tale of revenge and redemption, friendship and loyalty, set against the majestic border country of the United States. Directed by Academy-Award winning actor Tommy Lee Jones in his first feature film as a director, the film picked up awards for Best Actor for Tommy Lee Jones and Best Screenplay for Guillermo Arriaga at the recent Cannes Film Festival. Arriaga’s previous credits include the award winning AMORES PERROS and 21 GRAMS. The film’s stunning landscape is captured by two-time Academy Award winning cinematographer Chris Menges. THREE BURIALS stars Tommy Lee Jones (Men in Black, The Fugitive, JKF) Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile), Julio César Cedillo (All The Pretty Horses, The Life of David Gale), January Jones (Anger Management, Full Frontal) and Dwight Yoakam (Sling Blade, Panic Room). Set and filmed in parts of West Texas in some of the most remote and beautiful parts of the United States, Jones succeeds in capturing the border country in all its manifold forms – unrelenting desert sands, thunderstorm sunsets, towering cliff faces and stretches of moonscape limestone The body of Melquiades Estrada (Julio César Cedillo) is found in a shallow grave in the desert where it was hastily buried after his murder. Making no attempt to solve the crime, the local authorities rapidly transfer the corpse to a pauper's grave in the cemetery. Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones), a ranch foreman and Melquiades' best friend, takes it upon himself to track down the murderer. A beacon of humanity in this remote part of Texas, Pete forces the killer to transport Melquiades to his own personal Eldorado in Mexico, and so offers his friend a memorable journey to his third burial.

Directed By:

  • Tommy Lee Jones


  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • Barry Pepper
  • January Jones
  • Dwight Yoakam
  • Melissa Leo

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