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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2 disc set) (2005)

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Director:

Tommy Lee Jones

Starring:

Melissa Leo, January Jones, Dwight Yoakam, Julio Cedillo, Barry Pepper, Tommy Lee Jones

Genres:

Action-Adventure, US Premier, Western, Drama

Origin:

USA

Certificate:

M

Languages:

Spanish With Subtitles, English

Subtitles:

English

Running Time:

121 min

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2 disc set)

synopsis


The body of Mexican Melquiades Estrada is found in a shallow grave in the desert, where it was hastily buried after being fatally shot by a Border Patrolman, Mike Norton (Barry Pepper). Making no attempt to solve the crime, the local Texan 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 hold Norton accountable. After forcing him to dig up the body at gunpoint, Pete heads across the remote Texan desert with his captive in tow and the body strapped to a mule. What follows is a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico, toward the third burial - and promised resting place - of Melquiades Estrada. THREE BURIALS marks the directorial debut of Tommy Lee Jones, and features a screenplay by Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams). This dramatic and poetic story weaves past and present as it gradually reveals a great friendship, and the cost of a promise made and kept within that friendship.

member reviews

 
This is one great movie

23 May 2011
member rating

Such a great movie. Tommy Lee Jones and cast do not disappoint with this part murder mystery, part journey of discovery drama set out in the boon-docks of the US on the Mexican border. It leave you musing for days afterward and it has all the hallmarks of those classic, big vista movies of the 40's and 50's. Highly recommended viewing.

100% of members found this review helpful


 
The best thing since The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Trudi Refshauge
22 November 2012
member rating

This is not a Western but it is. If you loved the visual and audial pleasure of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, you will enjoy this tighter, modern cinematic journey. Tommy Lee Jones would hate reading this!


 
 

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