The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada


2h 2005

Brief Synopsis

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 dan

Film Details

Also Known As
Los Tres entierros de Melquiades Estrada, Three Burials, Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Tres entierros de Melquiades Estrada, Trois enterrements
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

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.

Crew

Anna Abbey

Costume Supervisor

Troy Anderson

Swing

Natalie Angel

Production Coordinator

T. L. Skeet Anglin

Props

James Apted

Assistant Camera

Guillermo Arriaga

Screenplay

Deborah Dobson Bach

Assistant

Jeri Baker

Hair

Dominique Baran

Accountant

Eric Bassoff

Production Supervisor

Robert Baumgartner

Gaffer

Steve Beeson

Production Accountant

Marco Beltrami

Music Composer

Luc Besson

Producer

John Blake

Makeup

Jo Edna Boldin

Casting Director

Clay Boss

Stunts

Merideth Boswell

Production Designer

Mark Bristol

Storyboard Artist

Richard Bucher

Stunts

Billy Burton

Stunts

Arian Cabot

Set Production Assistant

Don Carr

Props

Douglas Carter

Set Production Assistant

Chris Castaldi

Assistant Director

Dirk Clark

Props

Jack Colmenero

On-Set Dresser

Lawrence L Commons

Boom Operator

Matthew Cowan

Best Boy Grip

Tim Dingle

Scenic Artist

Derek M Drewes

Props

Michel Dupuis

Accounting Assistant

Cleta Ellington

Assistant Director

Doug Field

Props

Tommy Fine

Foreman

Mary Finn

Assistant Art Director

Michael Fitzgerald

Producer

Cliff Fleming

Helicopter Pilot

Cliff Fleming

Coordinator

Karen Foster

Scenic Artist

Ramon Frank

Stunts

David Galbraith

Assistant Camera

Chris Garnaas

Special Effects

Sara Giustini

Production Assistant

Chris Grossnickle

Special Effects

J W Hall

Loader

Chris Hamala

Grip

Mark Hanks

On-Set Dresser

Clifford Happy

Stunt Coordinator

Sean Happy

Stunts

Philip Hardage

Assistant Director

Joel Harlow

Special Makeup Effects

David Shawn Harper

Sound

Jourdan Henderson

Art Department Coordinator

Robert Hicks

Key Rigging Grip

Rob Hinderstein

Special Makeup Effects

Christopher Jackson

Coordinator

Edison Jackson

Best Boy Electric

Mark Jarrett

Assistant Location Manager

Susan Jasso

Set Production Assistant

John Johns

Video Playback

Dawn Laurel Jones

Photography

Tom Lee Jones

Producer

Tom Kalbfleisch

Swing

Kathleen Kiatta

Costume Designer

Greg Kilmer

Special Effects Technician

Jeff Knipp

Art Director

Ellen Lampl

Graphics Coordinator

Al Laverde

Key Grip

Pierre-ange Le Pogam

Producer

Jon Lindsay

Assistant Camera

Jeff Magers

Grip

Duane 'dc' Manwiller

Camera Operator

Christopher Martin

Greensman

Pat Martine

Scenic Artist

Clay Martinez

Modelmaker

Jeanne Mccarthy

Casting

Beverly Mccord

Special Effects Technician

Chris Menges

Dp/Cinematographer

Chris Menges

Director Of Photography

Chris Milani

Swing

Mike Moad

Dolly Grip

Danny Navarrette

Swing

Tyler Noel

Sound

Sean O'neill

Production Assistant

Wesley Oliver

Assistant

John Parker

On-Set Dresser

Shane Patrick

On-Set Dresser

John K Patterson

Location Manager

Grayson Paynter

Location Assistant

Eric Pickett

Video Assist/Playback

Leeann Radeka

Key Costumer

Brian Rae

Special Effects

Karen Ramirez

Production Secretary

Robert Ramos

Modelmaker

Tara Reimers

Production Assistant

Phillip Renke

Grip

Robert B. Reynolds

Swing

Taylor Rierden

Production Assistant

Bruce A Robinson

Assistant Camera

Thomas Rosales Jr.

Stunts

Wally Rowell

Swing

Dana Sanchez

Scenic Artist

Jimmy Schwertner

Location Assistant

Charles Seale

Props

Joe Self

Props

Pete Sharp

Set Production Assistant

Phil Shirey

Set Decorator

Roberto Silvi

Editor

John C Smith

Scenic Artist

Leila Smith

Assistant

Michael Smothers

Art Department

Richard Snell

Makeup

Justin Stafford

Hair

Vincent Stevenel

Accountant

Gay Studebaker

Scenic Artist

Kara Sutherlin

Scenic Artist

Byron Scott Thomas

Property Master

John E. Townes

Scenic Artist

Katie Tull

Assistant Director

Pam Fuller Vasquez

Script Supervisor

Ezra Venetos

Grip

Aaron Vyvial

Best Boy Grip

Karen Wacker

Assistant Production Coordinator

Aaron Walrod

Accountant

Tom Ward

Construction Coordinator

Zak Ward

Sound

Mark Weingarten

Sound Mixer

Steve White

Assistant Location Manager

Yvonne Wilburn

Costumer

Michael Wilks

Special Effects Technician

Eric A Williams

Line Producer

Eric A Williams

Unit Production Manager

Robin Williams

Accounting Assistant

Gary Wimmer

Scenic Artist

Allen Wong

Accounting Assistant

Robert Wonson

On-Set Dresser

Jeffery Woodrel

Special Effects Coordinator

Dina Woodworth

Accounting Assistant

Koen Wooten

Assistant Property Master

Sean R Wright

Dolly Grip

Sean R Wright

Crane Grip

John C Young

Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Los Tres entierros de Melquiades Estrada, Three Burials, Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Tres entierros de Melquiades Estrada, Trois enterrements
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2005
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics
Location
Texas, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of Best Actor (Tommy Lee Jones) and Best Screenplay (Guillermo Arriaga) at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

Limited Release in United States December 14, 2005

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States May 2005

Released in United States November 2005

Released in United States on Video June 6, 2006

Released in United States September 2005

Released in United States Winter December 14, 2005

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (Competition) May 11-22, 2005.

Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Time and Tide) January 25-February 5, 2006.

Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Gala Presentation) September 8-17, 2005.

Feature directorial debut for Tommy Lee Jones.

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at Rotterdam International Film Festival (Time and Tide) January 25-February 5, 2006.)

Released in United States May 2005 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (Competition) May 11-22, 2005.)

Released in United States on Video June 6, 2006

Released in United States September 2005 (Shown at Toronto International Film Festival (Gala Presentation) September 8-17, 2005.)

Released in United States November 2005 (Shown at AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival (Gala) November 3-13, 2005.)

Limited Release in United States December 14, 2005 (Oscar qualifying run; New York City and Los Angeles)

Released in United States Winter December 14, 2005