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Three Burials (2005)

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Coming Out at 17 November 2005 in theaters

“The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada”

Adventure, Crime, Drama

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada is neo-Western film directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones and written by Guillermo Arriaga. It also stars Barry Pepper, Julio Cedillo, Dwight Yoakam, and January Jones.

The film was inspired by the real-life killing in Texas of a teenager, Esequiel Hernandez Jr, by United States Marines during a military operation near the United States–Mexico border as well as the novel As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner which contains the same plot premise and challenges encountered in the film.

Melquiades Estrada, a Mexican undocumented worker working in Texas as a cowboy, shoots at a coyote which is menacing his small flock of goats. A nearby United States Border Patrol officer, Norton, thinks he is being attacked and shoots back, killing Melquiades. Norton quickly buries Melquiades and does not report anything. Melquiades’ body is found and is reburied in a local cemetery by the sheriff’s office. Evidence that he may have been killed by the U.S. Border Patrol is ignored by the local sheriff, Belmont, who would prefer to avoid trouble with the Border Patrol.

Director: Tommy Lee Jones

Writer: Guillermo Arriaga

Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Julio Cesar Cedillo, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones, Melissa Leo, Levon Helm

Cast:

Tommy Lee JonesPete Perkins
Barry PepperMike Norton
Julio Cesar CedilloMelquiades Estrada
Dwight YoakamBelmont
January JonesLou Ann Norton
Melissa LeoRachel
Levon HelmOld Man with Radio
Mel RodriguezCaptain Gomez
Cecilia SuárezRosa
Ignacio GuadalupeLucio
Vanessa BaucheMariana
Irineo AlvarezManuel
Guillermo ArriagaJuan
Josh BerryBorder Patrolman
Rodger BoyceSalesman
Edwin ‘Bubba’ BroussardBubba
René CamperoDon Casimiro
Lupe CamposSands Guy #2
Ariel CastroJorge
Diana ChavezWoman
Uriel ChávezCowboy #2
Sonny Carl DavisKruger
Mon de LeónEl Toston Woman #2
Jesse De LunaMiller
Richard DillardJim
Jorge Adrián EspíndolaCowboy #1
Jourdan HendersonMary – Soap Opera Girl
Sean HenniganChuck
Karen JonesDog Lady
Richard Andrew JonesBob (as Richard Jones)
Victoria JonesImmigrant Girl
Raul MolinarRadio Announcer #1
Adrian NavaretteAgustin
Lonnie NelsonGravedigger
Juan Gabriel ParejaSands Guy #1
Terry Dale ParksNeil
Gustavo Sánchez ParraTomas
Hugo PérezMan
Paulina ReyesPiano Player
Sergio RodriguezRadio Announcer #2
Charles SandersDoctor
Brent SmigaDeputy Antonio
Spike SpencerJohn – Soap Opera
Angelina TorresAdriana
Barry TubbA. L.
Guillermo Von SonChino
Maya ZapataEl Toston Woman #1
Elena HurstLorena
Robert BargeBorder Patrolman
Tiki DavisBorder Patrol Thomas
Jason StarrittExtra

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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