Tommy Lee Jones is carving out an interesting career in westerns. In the last ten years or so he has starred in Ron Howard’s The Missing, directed and starred in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and appeared in No Country For Old Men (a hardcore neo-western). He now brings The Homesman, which sees him direct and co-star alongside Hilary Swank and Meryl Streep.
Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) is an independent and resourceful frontier woman, conditioned to living a life of solitude and hard work in America’s West in the 1850s.
Lonely and isolated, when the preacher (John Lithgow) breaks the news that three local women have been declared insane and are to be transported across the barren country to a safe haven, Mary Bee volunteers for the dangerous and arduous task of leading them to Iowa.
When she stumbles across reprobate claim-jumper George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones) hanging from a noose, Mary Bee saves his life but only in exchange for his assistance in escorting the three troubled women. The unlikely pairing set off on the long, difficult journey where their courage and resilience are tested as they’re both pushed to their limits.
The Homesman is released on 21 November 2014.