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The Homesman

The Homesman (2014)
The Homesman poster Rating: 6.6/10 (19,841 votes)
Director: Tommy Lee Jones
Writer: Tommy Lee Jones (screenplay), Kieran Fitzgerald (screenplay), Wesley A. Oliver (screenplay), Glendon Swarthout (novel)
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto
Runtime: 122 min
Rated: R
Genre: Drama, Western
Released: 18 May 2014
Plot: Three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life are to be transported across the country by covered wagon by the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy, who in turn employs low-life drifter George Briggs to assist her.
If you like Westerns, The Homesman is a must-see. This underrated gem from 2014 flew under the radar and got lost a bit in the awards shuffle during its fall release, but it really is an essential entry in the genre. Swank plays a pious, independent-minded woman who volunteers to transport three women who have been driven mad by pioneer life across the country. She’s accompanied in her journey by a low-life drifter, played by Jones, whom she enlists to assist. Somewhat reductively dubbed a “feminist Western”, the film does indeed have a female-centric bent, but it’s really just a subversive Western on the whole, chronicling the hardships of pioneer life with a hardened, striking point of view. The cast is phenomenal, the story is surprising, and the cinematography and score (by Rodrigo Prieto and Marco Beltrami, respectively) are on point. If you missed The Homesman once, don’t miss it again. –Adam Chitwood

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