Four housewives who find themselves suddenly in desperate need of money for dire individual circumstances begin to consider the possibility of armed robbery as a way out of their various ... See full summary »
Four housewives who find themselves suddenly in desperate need of money for dire individual circumstances begin to consider the possibility of armed robbery as a way out of their various dilemmas. Kathy is a previously wealthy whose former football star husband has absconded with their funds and left her and their children to face his violent creditors. Pat needs money to get her drug-addicted son into an expensive rehabilitation center. Val struggles for options in her crisis: pregnancy, possibly by her white husband's black best friend. And Paula, Val's sister, needs the thrill of danger even more than money. Together they plot a robbery that leads them further into crime and possible disaster. Written by
Jim Beaver <email@example.com>
The basic premise of `Daylight Robbery' is that four likeable thirtysomething ladies who have probably never transgressed beyond getting a parking ticket decide to take up armed robbery.
The writers never quite succeed in making us believe in this scenario and worse still, it was done so much better in Lynda LaPlante's wonderful eighties mini-series `Widows'
However the characters are attractive, the performances strong and the robbery sequences, particularly at the climax, generate tremendous tension so I soon found myself involved with these tough women and of course I wanted them to get away with anything up to and including murder.
Lesley Sharp does best in the juicy role of the determined mother of a crack-addicted teen, with former soap star Michelle Collins also making an impression as the shattered wife whose star footballer husband has suddenly absconded, leaving her in massive debt.
The plot is neatly resolved though it does depend on a big coincidence; I would certainly recommend `Daylight Robbery' unless the aforementioned `Widows' is fresh in your mind.
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