• The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Release Date: 2005

DVD Release Date: June 6th, 2006

R |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

When brash Texas border officer Mike Norton (Barry Pepper) wrongfully kills and buries the friend and ranch hand of Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones), the latter is reminded of a promise he made to bury his friend, Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cesar Cedillo), in his Mexican home town. He kidnaps Norton and exhumes Estrada's corpse, and the odd caravan sets out on horseback for Mexico. As Estrada's body begins to rot, Norton begins to unravel, but Perkins remains determined to honor his vow.

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Julio Cedillo, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones, Melissa Leo, Levon Helm, Mel Rodriguez

Director: Tommy Lee Jones

Genres: Western , Drama

Production Co: EuropaCorp

Keywords: Wife, Brooding, Quest, Emotional, Friendship, 2000s, Dark

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    In an era when hundreds of lives are casually destroyed in action movies, here is an entire film in which one life is honored, and one death is avenged. show more

  • 70
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    I admired the leisure and intensity of this morality tale.

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Jones displays a firm hand at the helm -- you sense that he is well within his comfort zone in this environment -- and performances including his own are lively and convincing. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

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