The Cemetery Club (1993)

106 min.
Plot  Based on the play by Ivan Menchell, this comedy-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 years. 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 t...



Ellen Burstyn
Esther Moskowitz
Olympia Dukakis
Doris Silverman
Diane Ladd
Lucille Rubin
Danny Aiello
Ben Katz
Lainie Kazan
Christina Ricci
Catherine Keener
Ester's Daughter


All Titles

The Cemetery Club
English Original Title

Release Dates


United States




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