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Three Burials (2005)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (original title)
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Ranch foreman 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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Taglines:

For justice. For loyalty. For friendship. See more »


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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Did You Know?

Trivia

The producers tried to sway Tommy Lee Jones from using Mexican pastel colors for the title cards, but he told them he wouldn't budge on his decision. 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

Border Patrolman: How many got away?
Mike Norton: Three.
Border Patrolman: Well, someone's got to pick strawberries.
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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

Featured in 2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Workin' Man Blues
(1969)
Written by Merle Haggard
Performed by Merle Haggard
© Sony / ATV Music Publishing LLC d/b/a Tree Production
(P) 1985 Sony / ATV Music Publishing LLC d/b/a Tree Production
Courtesy of Sony / ATV Music Publishing LLC d/b/a Tree Production
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The road to redemption
9 February 2006 | by cadillacdesertSee all my reviews

As if we were being thrown smack in the middle of a Cormac McCarthy novel, >>Three Burials<< powerfully serves up the borderlands milieu through its bipolar texture and tone: both graphic and dreamy, tragic and comical. That fusion is accented by memorable characters and age-old themes: immigration and the Rio Grande; Spanish and English and Spanglish; violence and personal relationships; coyotes and border patrol; a tired waitress with a Chekhovian longing and an inept sheriff with nervous problems; a young, blonde wife terribly out of place, and an aging, rugged cowboy firmly in place (>>Ride the High Country<<, anyone?). Finally, the film centers on a classically picaresque story of personality development through trials and tribulations: Pete (Tommy Lee Jones), on a flashback-laden quest for his own way of justice, dragging along the rapidly disintegrating corpse of his friend, brings about the personal journey of a trigger-happy, macho-racist border patrol officer (played by Barry Pepper) from guilt to redemption... Wonderfully borderlands, comparable to >>Lone Star<<. Watch it.


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