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Film / The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is a 2005 neo-Western crime drama film directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones in his directorial debut.

Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cedillo), a Mexican working as a ranch hand in Texas, is killed through a misunderstanding, and his body hidden in a shallow grave. After his body is discovered, it is given a proper burial, but Melquiades' best friend Pete (Jones), who knows that he wanted to be buried in Mexico, decides to steal the body and take it back to Melquiades' home town — with the extremely unwilling assistance of the man (Barry Pepper) who killed him.



  • Bilingual Bonus: A lot of Spanish in this film.
  • Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie: Pete, knowing that Melquiades wanted to be buried at home in Mexico, decides to dig up his body and take it back to Mexico for re-burial.
  • Cowboy: Pete and his friends are the modern equivalent of the Working Cowboy.
  • Eagleland: Various flavors here, from rednecks to generous cowboys.


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