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The widows of three men killed while trying to steal a famous painting, join forces to find their husband's killers and finish off the job of stealing the painting.




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Series cast summary:
Mercedes Ruehl ...  Dolly Rawlins 4 episodes, 2002
Brooke Shields ...  Shirley Heller 4 episodes, 2002
Rosie Perez ...  Linda Pirelli 4 episodes, 2002
N'Bushe Wright ...  Bella 4 episodes, 2002
Jay O. Sanders ...  Detective John Maynard 4 episodes, 2002
Jenna Stern ...  Sara Sellick 4 episodes, 2002
Nigel Bennett ...  Harry Rawlins 4 episodes, 2002
Michael Rhoades Michael Rhoades ...  Jimmy Rawlins 4 episodes, 2002
Juan Carlos Velis Juan Carlos Velis ...  Bill 4 episodes, 2002
Aidan Devine ...  Mike Resnick 4 episodes, 2002
Jayne Eastwood ...  Audrey 4 episodes, 2002
Colm Feore ...  Stein 4 episodes, 2002


The widows of three men killed while trying to steal a famous painting, join forces to find their husband's killers and finish off the job of stealing the painting.

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They took over the family business and made out like bandits.


Crime | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for violence and some sexual content | See all certifications »






Release Date:

6 August 2002 (USA) See more »

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Widows See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Originally this was to be shown as a 2-part mini-series, but the network decided to air this as a limited series consisting of four shows. See more »


Remake of Widows (1983) See more »

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American remake of a Laura LaPlante story
8 May 2017 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Laura LaPlante is a wonderful writer, but if you've ever seen a British and American version of one of her stories, you know the British are superior.

I did not see the British "Widows" but I did see the American one from 2002, starring Mercedes Ruehl, Rose Perez, Brooke Shields, N'Bushe Wright, Colm Feore, and Jay O. Sanders. The DVD for the American version is shortened from 273 minutes to 168; the original seems to have been a TV series rather than a TV movie that went over several nights.

The story concerns four women whose husbands were killed during an art heist, tied in to the Gardner Museum robbery of 1990. None of those paintings have ever been found. One of them, The Concert, by Vermeer, is worth $300 million. The men were breaking into a gallery to steal the Vermeer, and their deaths were no accident, but murder. The women, led by Dolly (Ruehl) decide to finish stealing the painting and find out who killed their husbands.

The presence of several actors here, particularly Colm Feore, indicates the film was done in Canada.

The original series could not have been about the Gardner robbery, nor did it take place in Boston as this one does.

I enjoyed this film in part because of the acting by Ruehl and also Brooke Shields, though everyone did a good job. And it's always a pleasure to see Feore, an acclaimed stage actor in Canada. Also, it's a good story that draws you in, and knowing about the Gardner Museum heist, I liked that it was part of the plot.

I look forward to seeing the original.

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