The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada

THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA

Tommy Lee Jones is magnificent as Pete Perkins, a Texan cowboy who takes the law into his own hands when his best friend Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cesar Cedillo) is killed by an inexperienced border patrol agent named Mike Norton (Barry Pepper). Pete kidnaps Mike, digs up the body of Melquiades, and they all head on horseback toward Mexico to give Melquiades a proper burial. The rustic, mountainous terrain adds a mythic backdrop to this throwback to Sam Peckinpah's unique brand of American cinema, and Tommy Lee Jones (as both actor and director) does the smart screenplay by Guillermo Arriago (Amores Perros) justice.

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