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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

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Tommy Lee Jones

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About the Movie

Oscar winner Tommy Lee Jones (Best Supporting Actor, The Fugitive, 1993) directs and stars in this poetic and striking modern-day Western. Peter Perkins (Jones) is a veteran cowboy who embodies the values of the old west, living in a small Texas town bordering the U.S. and Mexico. He hires Melquiades Estrada as a ranch hand and quickly befriends the man. But when Estrada is gunned down under mysterious circumstances, Perkins takes justice into his own hands and kidnaps a trigger-happy border patrolman (Barry Pepper - Saving Private Ryan), forcing Perkins to unearth Estrada's body and accompany Perkins on horseback on the long and treacherous journey through the frontier mountains and back roads of Mexico to bring his friend's body home.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 140
  • Fresh: 119
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 7.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: As satire, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada isn't funny or illuminating, and as a drama it has only a few scattered moments. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Without the wise and well-crafted words of screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, it's just so much posturing. – Stephen Hunter, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: All this edginess, combined with the grandeur and sweep of a classic western, demonstrates that Jones clearly knows how to tell a story -- and how to confound us at the same time. – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Wily, sad, funny, and full of life. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Unnerving But Engaging Western

Great acting by everyone in this thought-provoking drama set out west. Interesting plot and characters, full of mystery and transformation. May be a little graphic for some, but overall worth the gore. In the end there are no easy answers, but perhaps growth by the characters and the audience. This is one of my favorite movies, in part because it features Dwight Yoakam, a fine actor who is afraid of no part. It took some guts and humor on his part for one particular scene in here, LOL. Great job everyone!!

Incredible Film

I never thought of Tommy Lee Jones being the script-writing type, but he certainly proved me wrong here! This movie is incredibly moving in a simple way. Every scene is beautiful. I would highly suggest getting this movie. At the very least rent it.

A work of great literature, theater, and film. A Masterpiece.

Tommy Lee Jones is one of the leading artists of this generation. He and Guillermo Arriaga have created a work of great film and literature. This is not for Mr. Short Attention Span. It is moving, heartbreaking story of Friendship, Justice and emptyiness. Don't miss the role of the TV sets; one of the most important characters in the film. If you can't understand the meaning of expertly placed silences, or if you are a lover of action movies; don't bother you will be bored.

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Western
  • Released: 2006

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