The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 2006

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Director:
Tommy Lee Jones
Released:
2006
Rating:
R
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a film directed by Tommy Lee Jones and written by Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams). The film was highly lauded at the Cannes Film Festival of 2005 where it was nominated for the Palm d'Or. At the same event, Tommy Lee Jones received an award for Best Actor, and Guillermo Arriaga won an award for Best Screenplay. The film is centered around the unfortunate murder and unceremonious burial of a Mexican immigrant named Melquiades Estrada. Mike Norton (Barry Pepper), a border patrolman working in Texas, mistakingly shoots Melquiades one night. Ashamed and scared of the consequences of killing an innocent man, Mike buries Melquiades in the isolated desert of West Texas. Melquiades' ex employer, a rancher named Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones), soon learns about his friend's tragic death and hasty burial. Engraged, he hunts down officer Norton, determined to correct the moral injustice which befell his late friend. In West Texas, anything goes, even amongst law enforcement officials. Be sure to catch this award-winning film which also stars Dwight Yoakam, Julio Cedillo, January Jones.moreless

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  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Incisive yet supple, wrenching yet deeply pleasurable, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada easily ranks among the year's best pictures.

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Outstandingly realized on all levels.

  • 80

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    In a film filled with plaintively expressive faces, characters say as much when they don't talk as when they speak Mr. Arriaga's dialogue, which sometimes sounds like hardscrabble ...

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    Crime, Military & War