123 mins
7.8 / 10 (1940)


Mary Bee lives a solitary existence in a mid-western town. She is designated to take back East three women who have lost their minds. On the way to Iowa, where the women will at last find refuge, Mary Bee saves the life of outlaw, Briggs. He agrees to help her through the Frontier territory.

MUBI's take

Not since 1992’s Unforgiven has a western at once revived and furthered the waning genre. Tommy Lee Jones’ sublime The Homesman and its revelatory consideration of the white woman’s experience on the frontier, does just that. Starring Hilary Swank, Meryl Streep, James Spader, and Jones himself.