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Tommy Lee Jones tells how 'Homesman' got him back in the saddle

Although he's best known as an actor, Tommy Lee Jones has taken some slick rides in the director's saddle. His 2005 neo-western, "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada," richly dramatized the killing of a Mexican immigrant illegally in Texas, Jones' home state. His latest, "The Homesman," is a return to old-time frontier story�telling, using a very modern dramatic lens. It is as harsh as a Cormac McCarthy book, as light as a Coen brothers comedy. Adapted from an award-winning novel, it follows an indomitable 1850s farm owner, Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank, a two-time Academy Award-winner for "Million Dollar Baby" and "Boys...

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