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The Homesman

R| 2 hr. 2 min.

Plot Summary

When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer life, the task of
saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank). Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones), to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter) head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in. But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant threat.

Cast: Tommy Lee Jones , Hilary Swank , David Dencik , William Fichtner , Grace Gummer , John Lithgow , Tim Blake Nelson , Miranda Otto

Director: Tommy Lee Jones

Genres: Western

Distributor: Roadside Attractions

The Homesman (2014)

Release Date: November 14th, 2014|2 hr. 2 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 3 )
  • The Homesman lacks the scope and depth of Jones' dynamite 2005 directorial debut, "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada." But Jones and Swank, walking the tightrope between comic and tragic, ignite combustibly. show more

  • The film occupies that peculiar space that many of us would prefer to believe doesn’t exist, a movie that’s worthy but often inert, by turns enriching and enervating: a good boring movie. show more

  • Never mind the awfulness of the three madwomen being relentlessly mad, or the silliness of their journey’s logistics; not for a moment do you believe that this grievously afflicted trio actually inhabits what amounts to a small, rickety and unadorned paddy wagon. What’s definitively awful is the spectacle of unrestrained vanity. show more

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  • December 12, 2014 Jjesse285
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    Knowing that Tommy is part of the movie make a lot better in my views.

  • December 08, 2014 cutiepie
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    liked the movie a lot. quite on target as far as realism-but- one glaring error. when the dead indian was dumped for the buffalo rob, the body was wrapped in a VERY modern Pendleton blanket. Pendleton wasn't even in business in 1858

  • November 26, 2014 jpewther
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    Hillary Swank may not be the swankiest actress around, but the character she plays in this story doesn't make sense, partly because Hillary is too swanky for this part. But basically, the character just doesn't make sense. She is so rugged and brave and then...

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