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The Homesman (2014)

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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.

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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.

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The untold story of The West.

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Drama | Western

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Rated R for violence, sexual content, some disturbing behavior and nudity | See all certifications »

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18 May 2014 (France)  »

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Deuda de honor  »

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$16,000,000 (estimated)

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$139,311 (USA) (21 November 2014)

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$2,428,883 (USA) (20 February 2015)
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Grace Gummer, who appears here in her first major film role, co-stars with her mother, Meryl Streep, who has a supporting role. See more »

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As Briggs loads his wagon on the ferry over the Missouri River -- presumably the Lone Tree Ferry between Omaha, NB and Council Bluffs, IA -- you can see the modern-day river restraining berms along the bank. See more »

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[first lines]
Mary Bee Cuddy: [prodding plow horses] Come on, girls.
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Featured in Film '72: Episode dated 19 November 2014 (2014) See more »

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Flow Gently, Sweet Afton
Music & Lyrics by Robert Burns
Arranged by Austin Leonard Jones
Performed by Lela Rose Allen and Sachie Capitani
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The way things were
23 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

The Homesman, written and directed and starring Tommy Lee Jones tells the story of Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) a spinster who takes on the responsibility of bringing three insane women to Iowa where they can be taken care of.

She saves or spares the life of George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones) and enlists him on her arduous five week journey.

When you see Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones, you know the acting is going to be stellar. The parts of the insane women, Arabella Sours (Grace Gummer), Theoline Belknapp (Miranda Otto), Gro Svendsen (Sonja Richter) because of the great directing remained the focus while being secondary characters. The movie had a Shakespearean feel to it and that is a great compliment. These ladies portrayed insanity, believably and that takes serious dedication and acting ability.

"The Homesman" was a tragedy and because of it, some people might not be able to pallet the story; there were some shocking attention grabbing scenes that the average viewer might not be prepared for. Those scenes, to me, were great examples of a different time, a time when life was hard and people died.

The Homesman is a story that sits with you and makes you thankful for many things, even if it just the shoes on your feet.


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