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Film Info
Category:Mind the Gap
Section:US Cinema
Running Time:128 min.
Director:Steve McQueen
Producer:Iain Canning
Steve McQueen
Arnon Milchan
Screenwriter:Gillian Flynn
Steve McQueen
Cinematographer:Sean Bobbitt
Editor:Joe Walker
Cast:Viola Davis
Michelle Rodriguez
Elizabeth Debicki
Liam Neeson
Colin Farrell
Daniel Kaluuya
Print Source:Twentieth Century Fox
Note Writer:Joe Bowman


In visionary director Steve McQueen’s hotly anticipated follow-up to the Best Picture-winning 12 Years a Slave (MVFF 2013), Widows offers a compelling glance into class, gender, and racial struggles in America under the guise of a riveting, hugely entertaining heist film. When a $2 million robbery ends in disaster, four very different women are left with a debt none of them can afford. With less than a month to retrieve the cash, the women—exceptionally played by Oscar® winner Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Carrie Coon—band together to try to pull off their late husbands’ next big score. McQueen and co-screenwriter Gillian Flynn (Sharp Objects) brilliantly bring to life Lynda La Plante’s British crime novel of the same name, substituting the South Side of Chicago for the mean streets of London. Widows also features a breakout performance from Cynthia Erivo alongside star-studded support from Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, and Robert Duvall.

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Academy Award® winner Steve McQueen is a British artist and filmmaker. 12 Years a Slave (2013) won the Academy Award®, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and AAFCA Awards for Best Picture, while he received DGA, Academy, BAFTA, and Golden Globe directing nods. His second feature, Shame (2011), ranks as one of the highest grossing NC-17-rated movies. McQueen's debut, Hunger (2008), won the Cannes Film Festival’s Camera d’Or. In 2016, the Johannes Vermeer Award was presented to him at The Hague for his work as a visual artist and the British Film Institute awarded him a Fellowship. McQueen won the Turner Prize in 1999.