The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

  • 2005
  • Drama, Western
  • USA
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.


Pete Perkins
Mike Norton
Melquiades Estrada
Lou Ann Norton
Old Man With Radio
Captain Gomez


Tommy Lee Jones Director, Producer
Guillermo Arriaga Writer
Michael Fitzgerald Producer
Luc Besson Producer
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam Producer
Chris Menges Cinematographer
Merideth Boswell Production Designer