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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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... George Briggs
... Mary Bee Cuddy
... Arabella Sours
... Theoline Belknap
... Gro Svendsen
... Mrs. Polhemus
... Buster Shaver
... Thor Svendsen
... Vester Belknap
... Bob Giffen
... Netti Svendsen
... Reverend Alfred Dowd
... Freighter
... Garn Sours
... Aloysius Duffy
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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$139,311, 21 November 2014, Limited Release

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$2,428,883, 22 February 2015
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Danish director Nikolaj Arcel recommended fellow Dane Sonja Richter for the part of Gro Svendsen. Arcel said Jones approached him a few minutes after A Royal Affair (2012) was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

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When Cuddy draws the black bean, which means she will transport the women, someone remarks that it is May 4, and she should be back by the 4th of July, which means, of course, that it is late spring. Yet in the first few days they run into snowfall, and Briggs constantly complains about the cold nights. The women show no apparent discomfort when they are bathed naked in a stream. See more »

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

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Hist Hvor Vejen Slår En Bugt
Music by J.C. Gebauer
Lyrics by Hans Christian Andersen
Performed by Sonja Richter and Caroline Lagerfelt
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I didn't want it to be over
22 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

Given that three women in the Nebraska Territory all went raving mad at the same time (maybe it was the Danish rye bread), this tale grabs us immediately with its starkness, bitterness and coldness, not to mention lack of compassion. Tommy Lee Jones as a drunken old reject is right on the mark. Hillary Swank is no longer a sexy young gal, rather a bitter lonely hard-working single woman trying to eke out a living in the unforgiving wilderness. Every scene, every moment is captivating. You may not even like what you're seeing, but you can't stop watching. Somehow, even though I thought three mad women at one time seemed contrived, I had to accept that it was just that way. Shortly after getting organized, the film turns into a road picture, but what a road, or lack thereof. Jones, Swank and the three locas have to traverse empty countryside, facing drought, Indians, hunger, privation of every kind, for at least five weeks to get to a place where a kindly preacher's wife (Meryl Streep, as usually so immersed in this small part that you just know she's really a long-suffering preacher's wife) has promised to care for them. Developer James Spader too has only a few brief moments to do his thing, but it's unforgettable. When my granddaughter was small, we used to watch films together. Sometimes when we watched a film she really really liked, (think Zoot Suit), she'd burst out crying at the end. I'd ask, "Why are you crying, Baby Girl?" and she'd say, "Because I didn't want it to be over." I felt this way about The Homesman. I didn't want it to be over. I had lots more questions and things I'd like to see resolved. What happened to the hotel and town development? What happened to the man (William Fichtner, always a pleasure) and his two little girls? What happened to the crazy women and whatever happened to Briggs (Jones)? A sad cold story, but one you just can't walk away from.


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