During a robbery gone wrong, Harry Rawlings is killed along with the rest of his crew. Mob boss Jamal Manning, a victim of Harry’s to the tune of $2 million, harasses his widow Veronica. He needs the money for a political campaign against Jack Mulligan. Veronica discovers a notebook of Harry’s with plans for a heist worth up to $5 million, which she decides to carry out with three other women as a way to pay off their debt to Manning left by their husbands.Read more
The film is loosely based on a 1983 British TV series of the same name. The film marks Steve McQueen’s first feature film as a director since 12 Years a Slave (for which he won an Academy Award) and also the first that did not feature Michael Fassbender in the cast. But the cast was no less than remarkable compared to his previous works. Colin Farrell and Robert DuVall, who play a father and son political dynasty, improvised most of their lines, according to McQueen.
Widows is a 2018 heist thriller film written and directed by Steve McQueen. It was written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn. Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, and Amon Milchan produced the film which stars an ensemble cast of Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson.
It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2018 before being released by 20th Century Fox in the United Kingdom on November 6, 2018 and ten days later in the United States. It grossed $75.8 million against a budget of $42 million and enjoyed critical acclaim, holding a 91% approval rating on the film aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Metacritic has assigned it a score of 84 out of 100.