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Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica, Alice, Linda and Belle take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, California :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE Widows 2018
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (129 min.) :,sound, color;,4 3/4 in.
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JCLTiffanyR Aug 18, 2019

The plodding, indept script does nothing to showcase Viola Davis's tremendous talent.

JCLIanH Feb 25, 2019

An excellent movie that would have been even better had it received from the HBO six-part miniseries treatment. Either way, it's a stylish film with a lot to say, which is effectively the MO of director Steve McQueen who has yet to turn in a film anything less than excellent. Viola Davis is out o... Read More »

#1 - Co-written by Gone Girl author, Gillian Flynn, a group of women take on their husbands debts when a job goes bad. Calling it a heist film is reductive, it's a story about power, politics, greed, family, race...and I can't stop thinking about it.

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VaughanPLDonnalee Nov 07, 2019

I liked this movie but I didn't love it. It was definitely entertaining. I liked the fact that it was a heist film starring women. I liked the basic plot about four disparate women joining forces and taking their power back. There were lots of twists and turns and it was suspenseful. I thought the performances by all the of the lead actresses were great. I found the plot a little messy and bit all over the place. There seemed to be a lot of complex social issues that were being touched on and introduced, but never really dealt with with any depth. The film seemed to be trying to cram too much plot into two hours. And the behavior of many characters was often kind of bewildering. So overall I enjoyed it and I thought it was good, but it didn't quite fulfill its potential.

Oct 12, 2019

Really enjoyed this movie i wished that i would have gone to the movie theater and supporting this film. The next Steve Mc queen movie i will definitely support it.

Sep 23, 2019

I thought it was an efficient, heartless thriller. Sort of variation on Thelma and Louise but with less interest. Steve McQueen is every bit as proficient as Sam Fuller and Sam Peckinpah were in setting up violent scenes with some emotional payback, but it's not great filmmaking. Viola Davis's part does not call for much deep acting, Elizabeth Debicky and Michelle Rodriguez are used mainly for exotic colour. Colin Farrell as the cynical young politician does best with a wordy script. If your library has The Asphalt Jungle, or any other classic heist movie, you'll have a better time.

Sep 19, 2019

McQueen and Flynn what a combination! A great all star cast, great story. Treat yourself and watch it

Aug 25, 2019

An unusual, clever, a bit melodramatic thriller with great acting by Viola Davis.

Aug 20, 2019

Elizabeth Debicki is very tall.

JCLTiffanyR Aug 18, 2019

The plodding, indept script does nothing to showcase Viola Davis's tremendous talent.

Jul 24, 2019

This film started off with a bang, literally. Then? It seem to wallow on the mire, not sure of where to go. Great acting, but the story drags in too many places. Not sure why Carrie Coon (who is excellent in FX's Fargo season 3) got top billing? She's in one scene for all of two minutes. Probably one of those Hollywood marketing schemes. Our society's obsession with money and power is becoming Hollywood's bread and butter, sic.

Jul 14, 2019

I completely DISAGREE with many of the other comments posted. This is the kind of film you expect from Steve McQueen who not only directed, but co-wrote the script. Viola's performance is remarkable as are her co-stars. I found the story engaging and extremely well paced. Acting and directing superb, and the twist ending is a nice surprise!

In my humble opinion I feel its uncommon to come across a story about widows who attempt a dangerous robbery or any sort of crime, Colin Farrell delivers as does the rest of the cast, Robert Duval included. And while NOT a fan of violence, McQueen managed use a light hand with it, unlike most action films where its showcased in place of a real story. Highly recommended for those that appreciate top tier film making, award winning acting and direction.

Jul 13, 2019

did not watch

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May 15, 2019

Veronica: We have a lot of work to do, crying is not on the list.

Feb 15, 2019

Some quotes in IMDb. These are focused on Chicago politics:

Most people don't know what an alderman does... including a fair number of aldermen. It comes from the Old English, meaning "older man." When I was a younger man, Facebook... Back then, a face was something you tried never to forget.
The Mulligans have run the 18th ward for 60 years. My grandfather, my father. These days it's all about name recognition.
Nepotism isn't illegal. It's actually celebrated. This is Chicago.
You know how many shootings happened in this city last weekend alone?
Thirty-four! These people are killing each other! This is not where I wanna raise my children.
What are you gonna do? Work in a bank? Take the train downtown, punch a clock? This is your life! This is our life. It's what we do. Everyone has a fxcking sob story, most of them better than yours. So, if the idea is to be mayor one day, you'd better man the fuck up!

Feb 15, 2019

More on Chicago:

Alderman of this ward makes a $104,000 a year. ... But then you add in the juice, right? He gives his friend a contract for a new building, gets a kickback. Gives his brother a contract for construction. Hell, he give his mama a contract for construction. That man owns a piece of every fucking thing. The only people coming after him, they got cameras and microphones. People coming after us with guns.
I'm a proud sixth generation Chicagoan. We laugh louder, we work harder, we sleep to the rattle of the "L" train.
I always said he should burn in hell. But, hey, Chicago'll do.
Mom, you always say a gun is a girl's best friend.
Look around you. It's like Custer's Last Stand. It's kill or be killed. Now, listen to me, son. Listen, we made this city. We're not having it taken away from us
by people who come here illegally... or by people who can't stop, you know...
making babies. That means staying in power... at all costs. You got that?


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May 15, 2019

Violence: Gun violence


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