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Released in select locations, ‘The Homesman’ to screen in Bozeman

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BOZEMAN – The Bozeman Film Society is screening “The Homesman” in the Emerson’s Crawford Theater on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. First released in select U.S. locations in November, the film stars Academy Award winner Tommy Lee Jones, who also co-wrote and directed the critically acclaimed, gritty Western.

Alongside Jones, the film features an all-star cast including two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank; John Lithgow; Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings); James Spader; Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit, Ender’s Game), and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. Adapted from Glendon Swarthout’s award-winning novel, the movie is already receiving Oscar buzz.

Set in 1854 on the harsh Nebraska frontier, low-life drifter George Briggs (Jones) is rescued by a pious, independent-minded woman, Mary Bee Cuddy (Swank). To pay back his debt, George reluctantly agrees to help Mary transport three women driven mad by harsh frontier life across treacherous land to where a kindly minister’s wife (Streep) has offered them hospice.

The unlikely pair soon realizes just how daunting the journey will be as the group traverses the vast Nebraska Territory marked by stark beauty, psychological peril and constant danger. Western film historian Dr. Andrew Patrick Nelson will introduce “The Homesman.”

Forbes magazine calls the film “genuinely odd, often morbidly funny, and an always entertaining bit of western weirdness.” Rated R, it runs 122 minutes.

Tickets to “The Homesman” are available in advance at Cactus Records and one hour before the film in the Emerson’s lobby. The Zebra Lounge will host a no-host social from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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