The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

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When brash Texas border officer Mike Norton (Barry Pepper) wrongfully kills and buries the friend and ranch hand of Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones), the latter is reminded of a promise he made to bury his friend, Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cesar Cedillo), in his Mexican home town. He kidnaps Norton and exhumes Estrada's corpse, and the odd caravan sets out on horseback for Mexico. As Estrada's body begins to rot, Norton begins to unravel, but Perkins remains determined to honor his vow.

  1. Tommy Lee Jones


  2. Guillermo Arriaga


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  1. Tommy Lee Jones

    Tommy Lee Jones

    Pete Perkins

  2. Barry Pepper

    Barry Pepper

    Mike Norton

  3. Dwight Yoakam

    Dwight Yoakam


  4. January Jones

    January Jones

    Lou Ann Norton

  5. Melissa Leo

    Melissa Leo


  6. Julio Cedillo

    Julio Cedillo

    Melquiades Estrada

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 1m

Budget $15,000,000.00

Revenue $12,036,149.00

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Release Information

  • February 24, 2006
    R, Theatrical



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