Varèse Sarabande to release The Homesman
Varèse Sarabande Records will release The Homesman – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
digitally on November 17 and on CD December 9, 2014.
The soundtrack features the original score composed by Marco Beltrami.
“This is the 3rd movie we’ve done together,” said director Tommy Lee Jones of composer Beltrami.
“He’s different, that’s what he brings. He’s original.”
This originality stretches to their work on THE HOMESMAN. While most composers record
their music inside a studio in pristine conditions, Beltrami went outdoors – recording the music
on the mountains of Malibu, CA. “It was very air, thread bare existence. Musically I was
discussing with Buck [Sanders] how we might achieve some of this,” said Beltrami.
“We picked a day that the wind was fairly minimal in the morning and we just went right at it.”
THE HOMESMAN marks the third collaboration between Beltrami and Jones, who have also
worked together on SUNSET LIMITED and THE THREE BURIALS OF MELQUIADES ESTRADA.
When three women living on the edge of the American frontier are driven mad by harsh pioneer
life, the task of saving them falls to the pious, independent-minded Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank).
Transporting the women by covered wagon to Iowa, she soon realizes just how daunting
the journey will be, and employs a low-life drifter, George Briggs (Tommy Lee Jones),
to join her. The unlikely pair and the three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto, Sonja Richter)
head east, where a waiting minister and his wife (Meryl Streep) have offered to take the women in.
But the group first must traverse the harsh Nebraska Territories marked by stark beauty,
psychological peril and constant threat.