The Homesman

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Released 2014

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Director:
Tommy Lee Jones
Released:
2014
Rating:
R
Set in 1854 in the harsh Nebraska frontier, a low-life drifter George Briggs (Oscar-Winner Tommy Lee Jones) is rescued by a pious, independent-minded woman named Mary Bee Cuddy (Oscar-Winner Hilary Swank). To pay back his debt, George reluctantly agrees to help Mary transport three women driven mad by the harsh frontier life across the treacherous land - where a kindly minister's wife (Meryl Streep) has offered them hospice. The unlikely pair soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be and the group must traverse the vast Nebraska Territories, which are marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant danger.

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  • 80

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    This beautifully crafted film intrigues as a story never told before and ratchets up dramatic interest through a succession of unexpected turns.

  • 80

    The Guardian Peter Bradshaw

    Tommy Lee Jones shows some true storytelling grit in this superbly watchable frontier western; he has a muscular and confident command of narrative, driving the plot onward with a ...

  • 50

    Film.com Jordan Hoffman

    The Homesman certainly wins a few points for trying a different type of Western. There are no greedy land barons and no gunslingers drawin' at high noon. But being unique isn't eno...

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