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The Cemetery Club Details


Based on the play by Ivan Menchell, this drama concerns three friends, Doris (Olympia Dukakis), Lucille (Diane Ladd), and Esther (Ellen Burstyn). All three live in the same Jewish community in Pittsburgh, are in their mid-to-late 50s, and have become widows within the past few months. Once a week, they gather to visit their husbands' graves and meet at a deli afterward to talk about their lives. Doris remains fiercely devoted to her late husband and takes her responsibilities as a widow seriously. Lucille is eager to get her feet back in the waters of dating, partly as revenge against her late husband, who often cheated on her, and partly because she's very lonely by herself. Esther is also not used to being alone after 39 years of marriage, but she doesn't feel ready to start dating again, at least not until she meets Ben (Danny Aiello), a former cop turned cab driver who gradually but firmly eases his way into her life. Doris is appalled when she discovers that Esther is dating again and loudly protests that she's being disrespectful to her late husband, while Lucille is more than a bit jealous that Esther snagged a good man before she could. Jerry Orbach and Lee Richardson appear in a brief prologue sequence. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:February 3, 1993


Ellen Burstyn
as Esther Moskowitz
Olympia Dukakis
as Doris Silverman
Danny Aiello
as Ben Katz
Diane Ladd
as Lucille Rubin
Lainie Kazan
as Selma
Jeff Howell
as Paul
Christina Ricci
as Jessica
Bernie Casey
as John
Sam Schwartz
as Irving Jacobs
Wallace Shawn
as Larry
Louis Guss
as Ed Bonfigliano
Alice Eisner
as Rene
Hy Anzell
as Al
Jerry Orbach
Lee Richardson
Stephen Pearlman
as Rabbi
Ben Tatar
as Man
Robert Costanzo
as Morty
Irma St. Paule
as Theresa
Bingo O'Malley
as Judge
Robert Costanzo
as Morty
Irma St. Paule
as Theresa
Ben Tatar
as Man
Stephen Pearlman
as Rabbi


Bill Duke
David Brown
Sophie Hurst
Bonnie Palef-Woolf
Ivan Menchell
Play Author
Ivan Menchell
Jay Presson Allen
Steven Poster
Elmer Bernstein
Composer (Music Score)
Sidney James
Musical Direction/Supervision
Maher Ahmad
Production Designer
Philip Rose
Executive Producer
David Manson
Executive Producer
Gene Serdena
Set Designer