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Rated R · 121 minutes · 2006

Drama, Western
Tommy Lee Jones, making his directorial debut, stars as a ranch foreman named Pete Perkins, who seems to be the only one bothered when Melquiades Estrada (Julio Cesar Cedillo) turns up dead in the desert. Meanwhile, we also follow the settling in of border agent Mike Norton (Barry Pepper). Once you realize that Jones is playing around with timelines, it's easier to follow, and the inevitability of events becomes clear. Norton's a brutal enforcer of border laws, but he doesn't mean to kill. Once Perkins realizes who was responsible -- and that no one is interested in bringing the accidental killer to justice -- he opts for some Texas-style justice to fulfill his original obligation. Not only will he dig up the dead body and haul it back to Estrada's hometown; he'll also bring Norton with him, forcing the man to confront his crime. As a modern-day western, the movie is memorable, though Perkins is such a crazy SOB that you don't always like him.
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Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Writer: Guillermo Arriaga
Producer: Michael Fitzgerald, Luc Besson and Tommy Lee Jones
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Barry Pepper, Dwight Yoakam, January Jones, Julio Cedillo, Vanessa Bauche, Barry Tubb, Melissa Leo, Sonny Carl Davis and Jesse De Luna


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