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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada Jones' feature directorial debut, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, about aimless lives in a dusty Texas border town, starts...The Three Burials of Melquiades EstradaDramaPT121MR Jones' feature directorial debut, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, about aimless lives in a dusty Texas border town, starts...2006-06-02January JonesSony Pictures Classics
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The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Genre: Drama; Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, January Jones; Director: Tommy Lee Jones; Author: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu; Release Date Limited: 12/14/2005; Status: In Season; Runtime (in minutes): 121; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Jones’ feature directorial debut, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, about aimless lives in a dusty Texas border town, starts out quietly nuanced, with apparent Last Picture Show ambitions. Then it gets lost on a meandering ride to Mexico, as his grizzled rancher takes a murdered pal’s body back home. Lonesome Dove it ain’t.

EXTRAS ”Sounds like a dulcimer,” says costar Dwight Yoakam as the opening-credits music plays. That’s just the start of a hilariously inarticulate commentary, alternating rambling conversation with prolonged silence. It’s the only extra, but it’s a hoot.

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