DVD 121 mins IMDB 7.7 (4,514 votes)
The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2005)
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Adventure, Crime, Drama, Western
USA  /  English

Tommy Lee Jones Pete Perkins
Dwight Yoakam Belmont
January Jones Lou Ann Norton
Julio Cesar Cedillo
Vanessa Bauche
Melissa Leo Rachel
Levon Helm
Barry Pepper Mike Norton
Mel Rodriguez Captain Gomez
Dwight Yoakum
Julio Cedillo Melquiades Estrada
Cecilia Suárez Rosa
Ignacio Guadalupe Lucio

Director Tommy Lee Jones
Producer Luc Besson; Tommy Lee Jones; Michael Fitzgerald
Writer Guillermo Arriaga
Cinematography Chris Menges
Musician Marco Beltrami
User Credit 1 Roberto Silvi
User Credit 2 Kathy Kiatta

For Justice. For Loyalty. For Friendship. Oscar® winner Tommy Lee Jones (Best Supporting Actor, The Fugitive, 1993) directs and stars in this poetic and striking modern-day Western. Pete Perkins (Jones) is a veteran cowboy who embodies the values of the old west, living in a small Texas town bordering the U.S. and Mexico. He hires Melquiades Estrada as a ranch hand and quickly befriends the man. But when Estrada is gunned down under mysterious circumstances, Perkins takes justice into his own hands and kidnaps trigger-happy border patrolman Mike Norton (Barry Pepper - Saving Private Ryan), forcing Norton to unearth Estrada's body and accompany Perkins on horseback on the long and treacherous journey through the frontier mountains and back roads of Mexico to bring his friend's body home.

Edition Details
Barcode 043396148253
Region Region
Release Date 6/6/2006
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Commentary with Tommy Lee Jones, Dwight Yoakam and January Jones
Personal Details
Purchase Date 8/11/2006
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Language, violence and sexuality.
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Trivia: Much of the movie was shot on Tommy Lee Jones's own ranch. (more)

Goofs: Factual errors: When Pete kidnaps Mike Norton, he then covers the tied up Lu Ann with a blanket and turns on the TV. The weather report that comes on indicates heavy rains moving through Cincinnati and that they can expect rain through Friday, with flash flooding possible. The movie takes place in Texas, along the Texas/Mexico border. Weather formations move across the country from west to east. Cincinati is north and east of Texas, which would make the storm moving southwest, which is impossible (on a national level). (more)

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

Awards: 4 wins & 7 nominations (more)