The Cemetery Club

The Cemetery Club

Director: Bill Duke Cast: Ellen Burstyn, Olympia Dukakis, Danny Aiello

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/16/2018
UPC: 0738329226169
Original Release: 1993
Rating: PG-13
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:46:00
Sales rank: 28,471

Special Features

Interview with Director Bill Duke; Original Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

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

Technical Credits
Bill Duke Director
Maher Ahmad Production Designer
Jay Presson Allen Screenwriter
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
David Brown Producer
John Carter Editor
Greg W. Elam Stunts
Howard Hurst Executive Producer
Sophie Hurst Producer
Sidney James Musical Direction/Supervision
David Manson Executive Producer
Ivan Menchell Screenwriter
Bonnie Palef Producer
Bonnie Palef-Woolf Producer
Steven Poster Cinematographer
Philip Rose Executive Producer
Hilary M. Rosenfeld Costumes/Costume Designer
Gene Serdena Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cemetery Club
1. Chapter 1 [13:59]
2. Chapter 2 [11:30]
3. Chapter 3 [12:05]
4. Chapter 4 [15:57]
5. Chapter 5 [15:14]
6. Chapter 6 [10:44]
7. Chapter 7 [13:32]
8. Chapter 8 [13:33]
9. Chapter 9 [:01]
1. Chapter 1 [11:00]
1. Chapter 1 [2:12]
1. Chapter 1 [2:10]

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