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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
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Tommy Lee Jones Tommy Lee Jones
Pete Perkins
Barry Pepper Barry Pepper
Mike Norton
Julio Cedillo Julio Cedillo
Melquiades Estrada
Dwight Yoakam Dwight Yoakam
January Jones January Jones
Lou Ann Norton
Melissa Leo Melissa Leo
Levon Helm Levon Helm
Old Man with Radio
Mel Rodriguez Mel Rodriguez
Captain Gomez

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Guillermo Arriaga Guillermo Arriaga
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10 years ago at Nov 29 18:10
Overall, Tommy Lee Jones delivers a great message but the ending falls short of expectations. Great location and setting.

A good movie

6 years, 4 months ago at Aug 15 8:36
Since I kept hearing good things about this flick, I was really eager to watch it. Furthermore, I was really curious to see a movie directed by the great Tommy Lee Jones. Eventually, I thought it was pretty good but, somehow, I wasn't really blown away by the whole thing. Obviously, the whole cast gave some impressive perfomances, the movie was very well directed and the story was good enough but ... read more
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Description: In Texas nearby the border of Mexico, the newcomer arrogant border patrolman Mike Norton mistakenly kills the Mexican cowboy Melquiades Estrada and buries him in the desert. When Melquiades's body is accidentally found one week later, his best friend, the ranch foreman Pete Perkins, claims the body to fulfill his promise and bury Melquiades in his hometown Jimenez and presses the local sheriff Belmont to find the killer. However, Melquiades is not delivered to Pete because he is not his relative, and his body is reburied in the local cemetery. When Rachel discloses the identity of the killer, Pete kidnaps Mike and forces him to ... (more)
Release date: 24 February 2006
Tags: Western (10), Drama (8), Mexico (7), Texas (5), 2005 (5), 2000s (4), Death (4), Usa (3), Murder (3), Crime (3), Box Office Flop (3), Border Patrol (3), Adventure (3), Justice (3), Corpse (3), Old Man (2), Junkyard (2), Cactus (2), Burial (2), Torture (2)
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