The Homesman

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Homesman 1The Homesman is a movie based on the novel by Glendon Swarthout. It is about Mary Bee Cuddy an independent minded frontier woman who is given the task of rescuing three women who are mentally challenged living on the edge of the American frontier. The three women were driven mad by their harsh pioneer surroundings.

Mary Bee is to transport the three women from Nebraska to Iowa on a covered wagon and on the way they met George Briggs who is an army deserter. The three women and with Mary and George head east where a minister and his wife Altana have offered to take the women in. Homesman 2Transporting the women is a daunting journey so she decided to employ George. George has a wonderful demeanor as an army deserter, and a hopeless low-life vagabond.

The movie has stunning and panoramic views of the 19th century Midwest and Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones delivered very strong performances; Meryl Streep has cameo role, short but memorable part. Hilary Swank is perfect for the role; she is plain, is no great beauty and genteel but sturdy and practical.

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The movie is about 19th century Midwest life from the viewpoint of women; not about the romanticized macho western cowboys. It showed a more realistic life regarding the western expansion during the 19th century; neither the settlers nor the Indians are not idealized in the movie. The movie drove the message that life during this period is not a bed of roses however this theme dragged on throughout the movie; it is a two hour depressing movie.

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It stars Hilary Swank as Mary Bee Cuddy, Tommy Lee Jones as George Briggs, Meryl Streep as Altana Carter with Grace Gummer as Arabella Sours, Miranda Otto as Theoline Belknap and Sonja Richter as Gro Svendsen. Directed by Tommy Lee Jones.

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10 Responses to The Homesman

  1. oliviaw21 says:

    Where is Hillary Swank now, have not seen a movie she made a long time now.

  2. Hillary Swank should make more movies she is just a talented actress.

  3. Lisa.walters says:

    I like this movie of Hilary Swank and I don’t understand why it is not being seen by many perhaps because it’s an art movie?

  4. Larry Gibson says:

    This is such a heavy drama for a western movie, great performance by Hilary Swank.

  5. Kelly M says:

    Hilary Swank is a great actress and love the movie too, has great cinematography.

  6. Allison W. says:

    Another brilliant filmed told on the perspective of women. Great cinematography.

  7. conflictedinvegas says:

    Hilary Swank is one of the best actress in her time her acting in this movie is one testament that she is a great actress.

  8. zuper movie fan says:

    Good plot and character development and not to mention the beautiful cinematography, a movie made for awards.

  9. M Bridges says:

    This movie is made to win awards and not as a commercial movie, a prestige movie. It has good acting done by Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep who has a cameo role in the movie.

  10. Pierre says:

    Hilary Swank really deserves her two Oscar wins, she is great in this movie.

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