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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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Theoline Belknap
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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) (22 February 2015)
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The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank, and Meryl Streep; and two Oscar nominees: John Lithgow and Hailee Steinfeld. 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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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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Very good western
16 March 2015 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I really liked the western "The Homesman", but I strongly suspect that it won't be to everyone's taste. And I will admit that even this die hard fan of westerns didn't find it a perfect movie. The opening thirty minutes of the movie, for one thing, are somewhat confusing with some details, though eventually everything comes together and the audience knows what's been going on. And after that first thirty minutes, the movie continues to test the patience of viewers by being quite slow moving and long (the movie is over two hours long.) But I stuck with the movie despite all those things, and I feel I was rewarded in the end. The atmosphere of the movie feels extremely authentic, showing many of the hardships life in the wild west gave many people. Though the story is slow-moving, there are a number of interesting vignettes along the way. And you probably won't predict what eventually happens - the major plot turn around the two-thirds mark really took me by surprise. The last scene is a little unclear as to where one of the characters is headed, but it is memorable all the same. As I said, the movie is not for all tastes, but western fans who are in a patient mood will likely embrace it despite its flaws.


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