Four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities take fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Viola Davis ... Veronica
Liam Neeson ... Harry Rawlings
Jon Bernthal ... Florek
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo ... Carlos
Coburn Goss ... Jimmy Nunn
Michelle Rodriguez ... Linda
Alejandro Verdin ... Xavy
Bailey Rhyse Walters ... Gracie (as Bailey Walters)
Elizabeth Debicki ... Alice
Carrie Coon ... Amanda
Robert Duvall ... Tom Mulligan
Colin Farrell ... Jack Mulligan
Molly Kunz ... Siobhan
James Vincent Meredith ... John / Mulligan Man
Brian Tyree Henry ... Jamal Manning

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"Widows" is the story of four women with nothing in common, except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Left with nothing. Capable of anything.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language throughout, and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The song that plays during the final scene and end credits is called 'The Big Unknown' and was written and performed by Nigerian singer-songwriter Sade. This was the second song the artist had contributed to a soundtrack in the year 2018, with the first being 'Flower of the Universe' for A Wrinkle in Time (2018). See more »


They buy three Glock 17s at the gun show. The handgun Veronica uses has a stainless slide. While Glock 17s are typically all black, they can be purchased with a stainless slide as well. See more »


Veronica: I'm not involved in Harry's business. I work for the teacher's union.
Jamal Manning: I understand. Criminals are like cops. They don't bring their shit home.
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You Rock My World
Written by Michael Jackson, Fred Jerkins (as Fred Jerkins III), Lashawn Daniels (as LaShawn Ameen Daniels), Rodney Jerkins & Nora Payne
Performed by Michael Jackson
Published by MiJac Music (administered by Sony/ATV Songs LLC), Sony/ATV Melody, EMI April Music Inc., EMI Blackwood Music Inc., & (c) Published by Notting Hill Music (UK) Ltd. administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Courtesy of MJJ Productions Inc.
Licensed by Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd.
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Written like a Bad Netflix Show
29 November 2018 | by jeffellis92See all my reviews

This movie dragged so much, with incredibly underdeveloped characters, unnecessary scenes, badly written dialogue, and so many bizarre, unbelievable moments. A couple people walked out halfway. I think. I lost all concept of time, and not in a good way. The only reason I'm even giving this movie a 4 is because the acting was really good. That was honestly the only redeemable aspect. The really long review on here was spot on. I honestly got more out of reading that than watching this terrible movie.

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Release Date:

16 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Widows See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,361,307, 18 November 2018

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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