The Homesman (2014)

The Homesman (2014)
  • Time: 122 min
  • Genre: Drama | Western
  • Director: Tommy Lee Jones
  • Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer


The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A “homesman” must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county’s men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy—ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful. Brave as she is, Mary Bee knows she cannot succeed alone. The only companion she can find is the low-life claim jumper George Briggs. Thus begins a trek east, against the tide of colonization, against hardship, Indian attacks, ice storms, and loneliness—a timeless classic told in a series of tough, fast-paced adventures.


  • Life in the American West was a study in extremes as embodied by the women that front the unusual Western The Homesman.

    Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank, superb in her best role since Million Dollar Baby) is uncommon for her time: a woman of independent means taking care of her homestead. She is, at 31, fast becoming a spinster though not for lack of trying: she proposes marriage to a suitor at the film’s outset, only to be rejected for being plain and bossy. Despite her single status, she has clearly adapted to the hardships of frontier life as opposed to the trio of married women we encounter next: Theoline Belknap (Miranda Otto), Arabella Sours (Grace Gummer), and Gro Svendsen (Sonja Richter).

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  • karen petersen (@kushka53)

    One important little detail that should have been in the script was when the Indians were given the horse and Tommy Lee Jones’ character negatively remarked that they were going to eat it, the script should have mentioned that they were starving because their food source–the buffalo–had been exterminated by the white man…It’s an important historic detail and leaving it out was extremely misleading, yet one more wrong, eh? TLJ should have caught that.

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