The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2006)
IMDb Rating 7.7
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Tommy Lee Jones Pete Perkins
Barry Pepper Mike Norton
Julio Cedillo Melquiades Estrada (as Julio Cesar 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
Julio Cesar Cedillo
Vanessa Bauche
One of the most acclaimed films of 2005, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada marks the assured and worldly-wise directorial debut of veteran actor Tommy Lee Jones. While the majority of critics and Oscar®-voters heaped praise upon the "gay cowboy" breakthrough of Brokeback Mountain, Jones delivered this equally resonant, elegiac study of male friendship in a Western setting, crafting a flawless parable of borderline existence on the border of Texas and Mexico. It is there, amidst some of the most beautifully bleak landscapes in recent American film, that Jones and screenwriter Guillermo Arriga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams) set their existential quest for meaning, focusing on the honor-bound commitment of Texas ranch foreman Pete (played by Jones with a heavy heart and deep moral conviction) to return the body of illegal Mexican immigrant ranch-hand Melquiades Estrada (played in flashback scenes by Julio Cedillo) to his preferred resting place in the Mexican wilderness. Estrada had been accidentally shot by Mike (Barry Pepper), a newly-arrived U.S. border patrolman, and Pete forces Mike to participate in his cross-country ritual of duty--a voyage of revenge and redemption that will change both men forever, and bring some semblance of meaning to the senseless death of Pete's good friend. In triumphant collaboration with cinematographer Chris Menges, Jones carefully instills his superior cast (including Dwight Yoakam, January Jones, and Melissa Leo) with the slow, desperate rhythms of lives on the border (of Texas and Mexico, and life and death), prompting many critics to draw praiseworthy comparisons to Sam Peckinpah's thematically similar 1974 drama Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia and the exquisite absurdities of Luis Bunuel. Whatever your own reaction might be, Three Burials is not a film to view or respond to lightly; there's humor and more than a bit of madness to this great, inquisitive film, but Jones is looking deeply into the soul of humankind, and he dares you to draw your own conclusions about the journey Pete and Mike have taken. --Jeff Shannon
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Crime; Drama; Western
Director Tommy Lee Jones
Producer Michael Fitzgerald; Tommy Lee Jones; Luc Besson
Writer Guillermo Arriaga
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating R
Running Time 121 mins
Movie Release Date 2/3/2006
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 694
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 7/13/2006
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 043396148253
Release Date 6/6/2006
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Commentary with Tommy Lee Jones, Dwight Yoakam and January Jones
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