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THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA

 
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At Theaters: 2/24/2006 On Video: 6/6/2006
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 1 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 459995
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
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Pete Perkins is a ranch foreman who employs and eventually befriends a Mexican vaquero named Melquiades Estrada. Their close camaraderie ends when Mike Norton, a psychotic Border Patrolman, mistakenly shoots and kills Melquiades while in the field. After hastily burying his victim, Norton and his superiors cover up this crime with the complicity of Sheriff Belmont, a sexually challenged lawman.
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Drama
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Tommy Lee Jones MAN OF THE HOUSE, THE MISSING, THE HUNTED
Barry Pepper 25TH HOUR, KNOCKAROUND GUYS, BATTLEFIELD EARTH
Julio Cesar Cedillo ALL THE PRETTY HORSES, ON THE BORDERLINE
Dwight Yoakam PANIC ROOM, SLING BLADE
January Jones AMERICAN WEDDING
Melissa Leo TV's ALL MY CHILDREN
Levon Helm Feature Film Debut
Vanessa Bauche THE MASK OF ZORRO
Dir/Prod: Tommy Lee Jones Feature Film Directorial Debut
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Director's Statement
Screenwriter's Statement
About The Production
Filming Three Burials Q&A with Tommy Lee Jones
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Excellent

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Roger Ebert Full Review
Excellent It begins with a bedrock of loyalty and honor between men, and mixes it with a little madness. In an era when hundreds of lives are casually destroyed in action movies, here is an entire film in which one life is honored, and one death is avenged.

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Based on an Exit Polling of 24 Moviegoers

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30+Adults (M)
9
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30+Adults (F)
15
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80%
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Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 24 moviegoers:Sorry, we weren't able to collect very many opinions for this limited release movie. Critic's loved this movie, but moviegoer opinions are mediocre at best. Being a western I would have expected higher opinions from the males. Only about a third truly enjoyed this movie. The remaining opinions indicated an average/OK movie, which is a little on the low side. The female opinions are actually quite a bit better. Over half truly enjoyed it. Of the remaining half most enjoyed it somewhat, but there were several who hated it. My recommendation? If your taste in movies tends to run close to that of critics then this movie is probably a safe bet. Everyone else should proceed with caution.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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 (TOMMY LEE JONES) 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.

Guillermo Arriaga's dramatic and poetic script weaves past and present as it gradually reveals a great friendship, the lonely subterfuge of an illegal migrant's life, the cost of a promise made and kept, and culminates in the redemption of a callous if accidental killer.

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