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Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The (2005)

Original Title : The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
Director : Tommy Lee Jones
Writer : Guillermo Arriaga
Genre : Drama
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Luc Besson , Michael Fitzgerald , Tommy Lee Jones , Pierre-Ange Le Pogam , Eric A. Williams
Music : Marco Beltrami
Photography : Chris Menges
Distributor : EuropaCorp. Distribution
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language, violence and sexuality.
IMDB ID : 0419294
Official site : http://www.sonyclassics.com/threeburials/
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Starring

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
Vanessa Bauche Mariana
Irineo Alvarez Manuel
Guillermo Arriaga Juan
Josh Berry Border Patrolman
Rodger Boyce Salesman
René Campero Don Casimiro
Uriel Chávez Cowboy No. 2
Sonny Carl Davis Kruger
Montserrat de León El Toston Woman No. 2
Jesse De Luna Miller
Richard Dillard Jim
Jorge Adrián Espíndola Cowboy No. 1
Jourdan Henderson Mary, Soap Opera Girl
Sean Hennigan Chuck
Karen Jones Dog Lady
Richard Jones Bob
Victoria Jones Immigrant Girl
Lonnie Nelson Gravedigger
Juan Gabriel Pareja Sands Guy No. 1
Terry Parks Neil
Gustavo Sánchez Parra Tomas
Hugo Pérez Man
Charles Sanders Doctor
Brent Smiga Deputy Antonio
Spike Spencer John, Soap Opera
Angelina Torres Adriana
Barry Tubb A.L.
Guillermo Von Son Chino
Maya Zapata El Toston Woman No. 1
Gabriel Olds Ed
Tiki Davis Border Patrol Thomas (uncredited
 

Plot

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.
 

Comments

Dead man riding, 21 December 2005 Author: jotix100 from New York "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada" is a surprise. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones, marking his first time behind the camera, with a screen play by Guillermo Arriaga, this is a film that tells a story about an murder in a troubled border area between the US and Mexico. The film is loosely based on a true story that happened occurred in that part of the country some years ago.Pete Perkins is a decent man. When his ranch hand is killed under mysterious circumstances, Pete jumps into action. Pete wants to take his friend, Melquiades Estrada, across the border to Mexico to make sure he receives the proper burial he deserves. A coyote has lead to the first burial site and the following investigation involves the local sheriff, Belmont, but Pete will have none of that.Pete's investigation leads him to the corrupt border guard Mike Norton. Perkins captures the man and with the body strapped to a horse and his captive in another, Pete begins the long journey to Mexico. He passes the hot land between the two countries in a voyage that will bring Melquiades to his home.The separate narratives at the beginning of the film are somehow confusing and the viewer is advised to pay close attention to it since it has multiple stories going on at a time when we don't know much of what is happening. We get to meet the cruel Norton and his bored wife Lou Ann. It also serve as the way to tell us how Pete and Norton meet.Tommy Lee Jones, with his rugged looks, brings a tremendous presence to his own film. Mr. Jones is a decent man who can't stand the injustice his hired hand suffered as he delves into solving the mystery of Melquiades' death. Barry Pepper is quite good as the nasty Mike Norton, a man who gets much more than what he bargained for. Dwight Yoakam, January Jones and Melissa Leo are seen in minor roles. Julio Cedillo plays the dead man, Melquiades Estrada.Tommy Lee Jones is blessed to be working on his first venture with the great cinematographer Chris Menges. Mr. Menges' take on the scenery is one of the best things in the film. The musical score by Marco Beltrami is also another asset. The editing of Roberto Silvi sets the tone for the early part of the movie."The Three Deaths of Melquiades Estrada" shows us a mature Tommy Lee Jones who has learned his lesson well in front of the camera. Now, working behind, as well as directing himself and his amazing cast, he shows a humongous talent that ought to be seen in future ventures.
 
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