- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 5, 2003
- Originally Released: 1992
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 02/03/1993
"...Burstyn gives an attractive, absolutely honest performance....[Dukakis, Ladd and Aiello also work well..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 02/12/1993
"...The scenes between Burstyn and Aiello are at the heart of the movie, and are sweet and warming..."
THE CEMETERY CLUB mixes humor and pathos as it examines the lives of three elderly Jewish women who have lost their husbands. The three regularly visit the cemetery together to pay their respects. Doris (Olympia Dukakis) is prim and prudish, unable to bring herself to laugh at an off-color joke. Lucille (Diane Ladd) is loud and outrageous. Esther (Ellen Burstyn) tries to find a balance between the two extremes. Their friendship is thrown into disarray when Esther meets a widower (Danny Aiello) and the two begin a tentative romance.
Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:
The Cemetery Club
In the heart-warming tradition of FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, an all-star cast lights up the screen with irresistible laughter and captivating charm! Once a week, a circle of lifelong friends meet to pay tribute to the past. But when life throws them a few unexpected curves, they happily discover the best times are still ahead! Academy Award(R)-winners Olympia Dukakis (MOONSTRUCK) and Ellen Burstyn (ALICE DOESN'T LIVE HERE ANYMORE), plus nominees Diane Ladd (RAMBLING ROSE) and Danny Aiello (DO THE RIGHT THING), team up to deliver genuinely delightful performances in this enchanting comedy treat! Join them for a fun-filled celebration you're sure to enjoy.
Director Bill Duke followed up the critical success of A RAGE IN HARLEM and DEEP COVER with this unexpected and daring choice. Duke is an African American director who has always refused to be pigeonholed in his choice of material. THE CEMETERY CLUB was only the first example of Duke defying Hollywood stereotypes to direct a project that did not involve African American actors or themes. Three elderly Jewish widows form the eponymous club, and Ellen Burstyn delivers a wonderful performance in the lead role. The well-directed film is based on a play by Ivan Menchell, investigating a romance between two older people (played by Burstyn and Danny Aiello) with an honesty and sensitivity rarely brought to such subject matter.
- Theatrical release: February 12, 1993.
- Jerry Orbach and Lee Richardson have uncredited roles as husbands in the film.
- Catherine Keener, later nominated for an Oscar for BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, appears in the film, uncredited, as Esther's daughter.
- THE CEMETERY CLUB won the 1995 National Media Owl Award from the Retirement Research Foundation.
- "I refuse to belong to a club where three of the members are dead!"--Lucille expressing frustration with her friends' social life.
- "Esther, at our age, you don't fall. You get hurt too easily."--Selma giving advice on affairs of the heart.