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  • Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen returns with a crime thriller where women take charge. Veronica's (Viola Davis) decadent lifestyle is abruptly interrupted when her husband is killed, along with his criminal gang, in a heist gone wrong. She soon discovers the debt with which she, and other widows from his gang, are suddenly burdened. Under Veronica's leadership, the women band together and form a plan to take their future into their own hands. WIDOWS goes beyond the trappings of the crime genre to explore political power-plays and urban corruption. Striking performances from a top-flight cast, along with McQueen and GONE GIRL scribe Gillian Flynn's sharp, twisty script, make this gritty crime caper a new classic.

  • Steve McQueen is a British artist and Academy Award-winning filmmaker, and the recipient of an OBE (2002) and a CBE (2011) from Queen Elizabeth II. In 2013, McQueen's 12 YEARS A SLAVE, adapted from Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir of the same name, dominated awards season, winning the Academy Award®, Golden Globe and BAFTA, among many others, for Best Picture. His second feature, SHAME, starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, received numerous accolades, including Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations for Fassbender. In 2008, McQueen's critically acclaimed first feature HUNGER won the Camera d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

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