The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada




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Tommy Lee Jones stars in this quixotic tale set in the borderlands of west Texas and northern Mexico. In the film, a man is shot and hurriedly buried in the desert, only to be reburied in the cemetery of the tiny town of Van Horn. Pete Perkins (Jones) is a local ranch foreman who once made a promise to the dead man. In living up to his pledge, he kidnaps a border patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. The two then embark, along with a mule to which the body is tied, on a dangerous journey, both physical and spiritual, across the border to give Melquiades Estrada a proper burial in his Mexican hometown. The film also features country singer Dwight Yoakam.


Tommy Lee Jones grew up in the West Texas and was interested in making a film about his home country, his home people. Several years ago, he asked Guillermo Arriaga to write a screenplay set in the area that would star Jones, who would also direct the film. Said Jones, "I wanted essentially to make a study in social contrast between the land that's south of the Rio Grande River and the land that's north of it. I wanted to understand how things are the same, and how they're different, how they're in and out of human control, what ironies might exist there, what injustices, what glory, beauty, and redemption you can find in this area that has its own character, its own quality…."


News Articles about The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada


Seattle PI 6/6/06 This Week's Hot Video: 'The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada'

Toledo Blade 3/17/06 Movie review: The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada ****

Santa Cruz Sentinel 2/24/06 Tommy Lee Jones digs up Peckinpah in 'Three Burials'

Knox News 2/24/06 Modern-day Western cuts to heart of what's right

Orlando Sentinel 2/24/06 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (5 stars out of 5)

Globe and Mail 2/24/06 Into a strange and beguiling place

Knox News 2/24/06 Tommy Lee Jones dons many hats

Toronto Star 2/24/06 3 Burials keeps promise

Detroit News 2/24/06 'Three Burials' is both tough and satisfying

Metro 2/24/06 Three Burials proves compelling

Jam! 2/24/06 Hats off to Tommy Lee Jones western

Dallas Morning News 2/17/06 Tommy Lee Jones, the epic 2/10/06 A fine directorial debut for Tommy Lee Jones

Detroit News 2/4/06 Western odyssey

Seattle Times 2/3/06 "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada": A quiet, haunting Western

Chicago Sun Times 2/3/06 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Review by Roger Ebert

Mercury News 2/3/06 Elegy and revelation on horseback: Tommy Lee Jones' touching performance spurs 'Three Burials'

Seattle PI 2/3/06 Jones' assured directorial debut makes 'Three Burials' a Western to remember

Chicago Tribune 2/3/06 Tommy Lee Jones stars in, directs tale of death near Texas/Mexico border

OC Weekly 2/2/06 Bring Me the Head of Melquiades Estrada

Boston Globe 2/2/06 In his latest film, Jones is just where he likes to be: in control

Rocky Mountain News 1/31/06 The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

NY Post 1/29/06 On the Border

Chicago Sun-Times 1/29/06 Tommy Lee Jones in the director's chair


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