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Friday, July 6, 2007

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

A man is shot and quickly buried in the high desert of west Texas. The body is found and reburied in Van Horn's town cemetery. Pete Perkins, a local ranch foreman, kidnaps a Border Patrolman and forces him to disinter the body. With his captive in tow and the body tied to a mule, Pete undertakes a dangerous and quixotic journey into Mexico. Written by Anonymous

In Texas nearby the border of Mexico, the newcomer arrogant border patrolman Mike Norton mistakenly kills the Mexican cowboy Melquiades Estrada and buries him in the desert. When Melquiades's body is accidentally found one week later, his best friend, the ranch foreman Pete Perkins, claims the body to fulfill his promise and bury Melquiades in his hometown Jimenez and presses the local sheriff Belmont to find the killer. However, Melquiades is not delivered to Pete because he is not his relative, and his body is reburied in the local cemetery. When Rachel discloses the identity of the killer, Pete kidnaps Mike and forces him to dig the grave and bring the body to Melquiades's family in Mexico. While in their journey to Mexico, the sad reality of the hopeless Mexicans that live in the proximity of the border with USA is disclosed. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Cast of The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Tommy Lee Jones ... Pete Perkins

Barry Pepper ... Mike Norton

Julio Cedillo ... Melquiades Estrada (as Julio César Cedillo)

Dwight Yoakam ... Belmont

January Jones ... Lou Ann Norton

Melissa Leo ... Rachel

Levon Helm ... Old Man with Radio

Mel Rodriguez ... Captain Gomez
Cecilia Suárez ... Rosa
Ignacio Guadalupe ... Lucio
Vanessa Bauche ... Mariana
Irineo Alvarez ... Manuel
Guillermo Arriaga ... Juan

Josh Berry ... Border Patrolman

Rodger Boyce ... Salesman

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