The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Movie Review 2005

Information and Film Reviews for The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada the Movie

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Powerful meditation on the brutality of the U.S.-Mexico border region. Rancher Pete Perkins (Jones) forces Mike Norton (Pepper) to carry the body of Pete's friend Melquiades Estrada (Cedillo) from their dusty Texas border town to the dead man's home in Mexico for burial in his family cemetery. But the bigger story is how their journey acts as a metaphor for the all-too human boundaries of wealth, sex, race, and religion. Norton, a racist patrol officer (and Estrada's murderer) is transformed from a thug with a badge into a man who must seek redemption after his eyes are opened to the weight of his actions. Amazing performances are buoyed by Arriaga's knowing script.


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Available on DVD
Running time 120 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Western, Mexico, Immigration
Guillermo Arriaga
Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones, Melissa Leo, Levon Helm, Vanessa Bauche, Julio Cesar Cedillo, Mel Rodriguez, Cecilia Suarez, Ignacio Guadalupe
Chris Menges
Tommy Lee Jones
Marco Beltrami
Marc Weingarten, Roberto Silvi, Jeff Knipp, Kathleen Kiatta, Meredith Boswell
Michael Fitzgerald, Luc Besson, Pierre Ange Le Pogam, Tommy Lee Jones, Europacorp, Javelina Film Co.

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