The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Dir: Tommy Lee Jones

USAUnited States of America (USA)France


121 mins



Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Dwight Yoakam

The body of Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cedillo – All The Pretty Horses, The Life of David Gale) is found in a shallow grave in the desert where it was hastily buried after his murder. Making no attempt to solve the crime, the local authorities rapidly transfer the corpse to an anonymous grave in the cemetery.

Motivated by grief and a sense of injustice, Pete Perkins (Tommy Lee Jones – The Fugitive, Men in Black), a ranch foreman and Melquiades’ best friend, takes it upon himself to track down the murderer.

Pete forces the killer to transport Melquiades to his hometown in Mexico, and so offers his friend a memorable journey to his third burial.

In his directorial debut, Jones uses the sparse and beautiful backdrop of West Texas to illustrate a powerful story of friendship and forgiveness.

Booking Information



Release Date

31 March 2006

Available Formats


Blu-ray / DVD Bookings


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