Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank Try To Escape Nebraska In New Film

I know many of my South Dakota friends got a shot of adrenaline from the above headline.

“Who isn’t trying to escape Nebraska?”

Others may be excited at the thought of Tommy Lee Jones playing an older Snake Plissken (you know, from “Escape from New York”) in a dystopian future where Nebraska is an industrial wasteland.

Well, that’s not quite what you’ll find in the story of “The Homesman,” which Jones directed.

Rather, Jones’ plays a claim jumper in the Old West that teams up with a pioneer woman (Hilary Swank) to escort three mentally ill women from Nebraska to Iowa.

It looks really good — and anyone who saw Jones’ 2005 film “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” knows the man can direct.

Check out the trailer:

It was announced today that the film will play at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

John Lithgow, James Spader and Meryl Streep are also among the cast.

While set in Nebraska, it doesn’t look like any of the film was shot in my home state. The Internet Movie Database lists shooting locations in Georgia and New Mexico.

In other Cannes news, I’m also excited to see that David Cronenberg has a new effort called “Maps to the Stars” premiering at the festival (and the trailer is NSFW):



2 thoughts on “Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank Try To Escape Nebraska In New Film

  1. Hi Nathan! Glad you’re back. I was beginning to be concerned about you.

    Yes to the “Homesman.” I like both Hilary Swank and Tommy Lee Jones. They are very talented and not afraid to play unflattering characters.

    “Maps to the Stars” is a little too grim for me, though it may be an excellent film.

    There are a couple cinemas in the MN metro that routinely play art house movies, so I’ll look for Homesman there.

    (PS. In another post you gave “Blue is the Warmest Color” a mention for most authentic love scene. I’ve seen it and just let me say, Whoa! I needed a cold shower after that! One of the things I really liked about it was that the sexual act included no brutality or pain. Seems that many directors think that is how to make the scene hot. Ick.) )

    • It’s nice to be back:) Thanks for the kind words.
      For whatever reason, I had a lot of false starts there for a while, where I thought maybe I would be writing something and never got them done. I guess it’s part of the creative cycle.
      I’m glad you enjoyed “Blue is the Warmest Color.” Leave it to the French to make a good romantic drama. In America, those girls would have had to be knife-wielding assassins or some such thing. I enjoy that on occasion, too — but it sure does seem that we lack a lot of “real” people in mainstream American cinema.

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