Tommy Lee's 'Homesman' shows how hairy life was on the prairie (ouch)

November 10, 2014 3:33 PM

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There's a hint of the Dust Bowl in Oscar-winner Hilary Swank's face - a worn, rawboned quality straight out of a Walker Evans photograph.

That makes her the perfect Mary Bee Cuddy, the sturdy not-quite-old-maid of Tommy Lee Jones' film, "The Homesman," based on the Glendon Swarthout novel. Mary is genteel but practical, tough, and wholly aware she is no great beauty. "Plum damn plain," one potential suitor calls her. "Plain as an old ...

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