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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Details

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Veteran screen star Tommy Lee Jones makes his directorial debut with the fractured tale of murder and injustice on the U.S.-Mexico border scripted by Tommy Lee Jones and Tommy Lee Jones screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga. Mike Norton (Barry Pepper) is a fresh-faced Border Patrol officer in Cibolo County, TX, whose dedication to his new job leaves his lonely wife, Lou Ann (January Jones), with little to do but spend her days at the local diner, where she strikes up a friendship with waitress Rachel (Melissa Leo). Despite her own status as a married woman, Rachel is unfulfilled in her marriage and is intimately involved with both rugged rancher Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones) and local sheriff Belmont (Dwight Yoakam). Soon after Pete hires Mexican illegal Melquiades Estrada (Julio César Cedillo) as a ranch hand, the growing bond between the pair is suddenly shattered when, in a moment of panic on a routine patrol, Mike hastily guns down the innocent Melquaides. When an enraged Pete learns that Mike has unceremoniously buried the illegal immigrant in an unmarked desert grave and local authorities opt to overlook the case, he kidnaps the crooked lawman and sets out to ensure that justice is served with or without the involvement of the local police force. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:February 3, 2006

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Barry Pepper Best Supporting Actor 2005 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival Tommy Lee Jones Best Actor 2005 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Chris Menges Best Cinematography 2005 Nominee
Cannes Film Festival Guillermo Arriaga Best Screenplay 2005 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Guillermo Arriaga Best Screenplay 2005 Nominee

Cast

Tommy Lee Jones
as Pete Perkins
Barry Pepper
as Mike Norton
Julio Cedillo
as Melquiades Estrada
Dwight Yoakam
as Sheriff Frank Belmont
January Jones
as Lou Ann Norton
Melissa Leo
as Rachel
Levon Helm
as Old Man With Radio
Melvin Rodriguez
as Captain Gomez
Cecilia Suarez
as Rosa
Ignacio Guadalupe
as Lucio
Vanessa Bauche
as Mariana
Irineo Alvarez
as Manuel
Guillermo Arriaga
as Juan
Josh Berry
as Border Patrolman
Rodger Boyce
as Salesman
René Campero
as Don Casimiro
Lupe Campos
as Sands Guy 2
Ariel Castro
as Jorge
Uriel Chavez
as Cowboy 2
Sonny Carl Davis
as Kruger
Montserrat De León
as El Toston Woman 2
Jesse De Luna
as Miller
Richard Dillard
as Jim
Jorge Ádrian Espíndola
as Cowboy 1
Jordan Henderson
as Mary, Soap Opera Girl
Sean Hennigan
as Chuck
Richard Jones
as Bob
Victoria Jones
as Immigrant Girl
Raul Molinar
as Radio Announcer 1
Adrian Navarette
as Agustin
Lonnie Nelson
as Gravedigger
Juan Pareja
as Sands Guy 1
Terry Parks
as Neil
Gustavo Sánchez Parra
as Tomas
Hugo Perez
as Man
Paulina Reyes
as Piano Player
Charles Sanders
as Doctor
Brent Smiga
as Deputy Antonio
Spike Spencer
as John, Soap Opera
Angelina C. Torres
as Adriana
Barry Tubb
as A.L.
Guillermo Von Son
as Chino
Maya Zapata
as El Toston Woman 1
Lupe Campos
as Sands Guy 2
Guillermo Von Son
as Chino
Lonnie Nelson
as Gravedigger
René Campero
as Don Casimiro
Terry Parks
as Neil
Juan Pareja
as Sands Guy 1
Sonny Carl Davis
as Kruger
Uriel Chavez
as Cowboy 2
Rodger Boyce
as Salesman
Jorge Ádrian Espíndola
as Cowboy 1
Montserrat De León
as El Toston Woman 2
Jesse De Luna
as Miller
Irineo Alvarez
as Manuel
Brent Smiga
as Deputy Antonio
Gustavo Sánchez Parra
as Tomas
Jordan Henderson
as Mary, Soap Opera Girl
Barry Tubb
as A.L.
Sean Hennigan
as Chuck
Victoria Jones
as Immigrant Girl
Angelina C. Torres
as Adriana
Richard Jones
as Bob
Spike Spencer
as John, Soap Opera
Charles Sanders
as Doctor
Paulina Reyes
as Piano Player
Richard Dillard
as Jim
Adrian Navarette
as Agustin
Josh Berry
as Border Patrolman
Raul Molinar
as Radio Announcer 1
Guillermo Arriaga
as Juan
Ariel Castro
as Jorge
Hugo Perez
as Man

Crew

Tommy Lee Jones
Director
Tommy Lee Jones
Producer
Luc Besson
Producer
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam
Producer
Guillermo Arriaga
Screenwriter
Chris Menges
Cinematographer
Marco Beltrami
Composer (Music Score)
Annette Fradera
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerome Lateur
Musical Direction/Supervision
Roberto Silvi
Editor
Merideth Boswell
Production Designer
Jeff Knipp
Art Director
Kathy Kiatta
Costume Designer
Phil Shirey
Set Decorator
Rene Villarreal
First Assistant Director
Philip Hardage
First Assistant Director
Duane Manwiller
Camera Operator
Jo Edna Boldin
Casting
Jeanne McCarthy
Casting
Mark Weingarten
Sound Mixer
Manuel Teil
Casting
David Bach
Supervising Sound Editor
Sergio Suaste
Gaffer
Steve Beeson
Production Accountant
Ana Rebuelta
Script Supervisor
Larry Madaras
Post Production Supervisor
Larry Madaras
Additional Editing
Rob Hinderstein
Makeup Special Effects
Lily Flashner
Location Manager
Cecilia Monterrubio
Production Accountant
Pete Anthony
Conductor
Joel Harlow
Makeup Special Effects
John Johns
Video Playback
Anna Abbey
Costumes Supervisor
Cliff Happy
Stunts Coordinator
Al Laverde
Key Grip
Jimmy Zelinger
Title Design
Richard Snell
Makeup
LeAnn Radeka
Costume/Wardrobe
Dominique Hennequin
Re-Recording Mixer
Rocio Ceja
Costumes Supervisor
Antonio Diego
Production Sound Mixer
Eric Bassoff
Production Supervisor
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