Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, The

A FILM BY Tommy Lee Jones

Incisive yet supple, wrenching yet deeply pleasurable, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada easily ranks among the year's best pictures.
-Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Tommy Lee Jones' bracing bigscreen directorial debut, which copped acting and writing awards from the Cannes Film Festival jury, connects with both the head and the heart.
-Todd McCarthy, Variety
Tommy Lee Jones makes a sure-handed feature directing debut and gives one of the best performances of his career.
-Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper


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.

Theatrical Release Date

Friday, February 24, 2006
Original Languages: English
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 121 min.
Year: 2005


Tommy Lee Jones
Barry Pepper
Dwight Yoakam
January Jones
Julio Cedillo
Tommy Lee Jones