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Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)

A journalist finds himself questioning his own life when his best friend, a dying man, offers him some very powerful wisdom and advice for coping in relationships, careers and society.


Mick Jackson


Thomas Rickman (teleplay) (as Tom Rickman), Mitch Albom (based on the book by)

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 12 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Morrie Schwartz
Hank Azaria ... Mitch Albom
Wendy Moniz ... Janine
Caroline Aaron ... Connie
Bonnie Bartlett ... Charlotte
John Carroll Lynch ... Walter
Cloud Michaels Cloud Michaels ... Morrie's Mother
Terri Hanauer ... Eva / Stepmom
Kyle Sullivan ... Young Morrie
Charles Homet Charles Homet ... Rob
Mark Eric Charbonneau ... Jon (as Mark Helm)
Carlton Wilborn ... Eddie (as Carlton Wilton)
Ivo Cutzarida ... Sergio
Dan Thiel ... Shawn Daley
Kimble Jemison Kimble Jemison ... Baseball Player


Mitch became caught up with his career as a sport commentator and journalist. He ignored his girlfriend and did not make time to do things in life that are of the most value to a human being. Morrie was one of Mitch's professors in college and a famous scholar. One day Mitch was watching television and saw Morrie giving an interview stating that he is dying of Lou Gehrig's disease or ALS. Written by Rosemea D.S. MacPherson

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Biography | Drama


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Release Date:

5 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Last credited film role of Jack Lemmon. See more »


Previously identified goof states that young Morrie translates the telegram from the hospital into German, and that this is incorrect since the father is Russian. However, young Morrie is translating into Yiddish, not German, which would have been the language used by Russian Jewish immigrants. See more »


[first lines]
Morrie Schwartz: Excuse me, kids.
[greeting people as he walks past]
Morrie Schwartz: Hello, love. How're ya doin'? Hey, Katie.
Mitch Albom: [narrating] Among other things, many other things, my old professor loved to eat. He especially liked tongue. I'd say, "Morrie, that's disgusting. " He'd say, "I'm sorry you think so. I also like cole slaw. Can you handle cole slaw, Mitch?"
Mitch Albom: [narrating] Near the top of the list of things he loved was dancing. He had his own way of dancing. He'd do the Lindy to Jimi Hendrix. He'd jitterbug to.....
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.78 (2009) See more »


O mio babbino caro
Music by Giacomo Puccini
Libretto by Giovacchino Forzano.
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I liked it, even though I don't usually like this kind of movie
7 December 1999 | by steve.schonbergerSee all my reviews

Based on a quick summary, a movie about a man slowly dying of a terminal illness, I would expect to hate the movie. Most such stories are painful to watch, as if a movie maker thought that making viewers suffer to watch the movie would give them sympathy for the suffering of those stricken with the featured disease. But this one is an exception. It's not about the dying man's disease, it's about the man himself, and about the former student who visits him every week.

Morrie is dying of ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease. He is a retired teacher, and was Mitch's revered favorite teacher. Mitch visits him once a week, and reawakens their friendship. He finds Morrie's words so wise that he asks to tape their conversations so he might remember them better. Well, I appreciate Mitch's efforts, because I was happy to hear Morrie's words of wisdom also. Some of his advice is sappy, particularly taken out of context, but as a whole he presents very positive messages. Part of it is the idea that although he's sick, dying, and often in pain, he's not afraid of death, but rather interested in getting as much as possible out of the life he has left. There's much more to it than that, but that's the biggest part of his message.

But there's more to the movie than the message -- a movie with nothing more than a message (even one worth presenting) is bound to be boring. The real pleasure in watching this is that the characters are interesting along the way. The two stars' acting is first class. A regular "disease movie" would just make me feel guilty about not caring about its sick main character. This movie made me care about Morrie and Mitch.

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