The Homesman Is a Woman

November 7, 2014 9:36 PM

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There are Pawnees and claim jumpers, rifles and Colt Repeaters, young prostitutes waiting for customers in a saloon and mules pulling plows in The Homesman, a western directed by Tommy Lee Jones, in which he co-stars with Hilary Swank. But the person behind the plow is Mary Bee Cuddy (Swank) an old maid in the parlance of the time working her farm alone.

She's also the one cooking the supper she serves to an eligible bachelor neighbor right before she proposes marriage. She's still of childbearing age, has money in the bank and their union is a logical combination for their adjoining farms. "You're too plain and too bossy," he tells her, right befor...

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