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The Cemetery Club (1993)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 12 February 1993 (USA)
Lifelong friends meet weekly to celebrate the past and present.


Bill Duke


Ivan Menchell (play), Ivan Menchell (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ellen Burstyn ... Esther Moskowitz
Olympia Dukakis ... Doris Silverman
Diane Ladd ... Lucille Rubin
Danny Aiello ... Ben Katz
Lainie Kazan ... Selma
Jeff Howell Jeff Howell ... Paul
Christina Ricci ... Jessica
Bernie Casey ... John
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Abe Silverman
Sam Schwartz Sam Schwartz ... Irving Jacobs
Stephen Pearlman ... Rabbi
Gene Ray Gene Ray ... Photographer
Allan Pinsker Allan Pinsker ... Mel
Alice Eisner Alice Eisner ... Rene
Hy Anzell ... Al


This comedy filled with much Jewish humor is about the widows Doris, Ester and Lucille, whose husbands die one after another in just a few years. Even though the three friends, all in their 50's, react quite differently on their husbands deaths they become even closer than what they were as couples. They frequently visit their husband's graves together and talk about perspective lives. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sensuality and some language | See all certifications »

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fun Jewish stories.... Olympia D is awesome
22 October 2015 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Well, the description on this thing sure didn't sell me, but OLYMPIA DUKAKIS ! I've never NOT liked a movie with OLYMPIA D! (gotta see her in Moonstruck, Steel Magnolias, and of course, Tales of the City). This one also has Danny Aiello, also from Moonstruck. Cemetery opens with a senior citizen couple getting married, and the crowd is telling old jokes. You can tell they are all good longtime friends, Happy Times. Speaking of Moonstruck, the cute little old couple that ran the Italian deli is in here too, as well as the "inconceivable" guy. But suddenly, people are croaking! that took a quick turn for the dark side. Lots of old Jewish jokes. some funny stuff. swearing, laughs, arguments. Ellen Burstyn seems to get top billing, but is pretty low key in this. Anyone familiar with Jewish traditions, passive aggressive behavior, or just spending time in manhattan will appreciate the humor here. some funny stuff! Love Olympia - she totally saves this, with her dry sarcastic wit. Never heard anything about this back in 1993, but it IS on DVD. Directed by Bill Duke, who directed a TON of TV in the 1980s, then started directing films in the 1990s.

Written by Ivan Menchell, as a play. Not much info available on him. Has done a lot of TV. Quite Good. I've never seen this on TV, so you'll probably have to find it on DVD, but it IS pretty good. I'll have to see it again, since i'm sure i've missed many references watching it the first time.

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Release Date:

12 February 1993 (USA) See more »

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Looking for a Live One See more »

Filming Locations:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,833, 7 February 1993

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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