The Cemetery Club

The Cemetery Club

Bill Duke (1993)

106min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Former actor Bill Duke directs this gentle comedy drama, which scores highly by having three fine actresses - two of them Oscar winners - top the bill. Ellen Burstyn, Diane Ladd and Olympia Dukakis play Pittsburgh widows who meet up, chat and help each other cope with their problems, while Danny Aiello, Christina Ricci and Wallace Shawn stand out in an attractive supporting cast. At times, however, Duke's film looks and sounds like the pilot for a TV series, while some viewers may feel it betrays its stage origins a little too obviously.

Summary

Three lifelong friends are widowed in middle age, forcing them to reassess their attitudes to life and love. Determined to provide each other with moral support, they meet every month to reminisce and swap anecdotes - but fresh tragedy is waiting to strike. Comedy drama, starring Olympia Dukakis, Ellen Burstyn and Diane Ladd.

Cast & Crew

Esther Moskowitz Ellen Burstyn
Doris Silverman Olympia Dukakis
Lucille Rubin Diane Ladd
Ben Katz Danny Aiello
Selma Lainie Kazan
Paul Jeff Howell
Jessica Christina Ricci
John Bernie Casey
Larry Wallace Shawn
Director Bill Duke
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UKGuidance: May be edited for language. Available on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy