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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.

Director:

Mick Jackson

Writers:

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 »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays with Morrie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Last credited film role of Jack Lemmon. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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 Keeping the Faith (2000) See more »

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Something's Always Wrong
By Toad the Wet Sprocket
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Great film -Can't understand why others bashed it so badly!
6 February 2004 | by john c griffinSee all my reviews

One of a kind film that teaches us to enjoy each day and not take anything for granted. Also teaches us about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and its devastating effects on even the most fun-loving of people (Jack Lemmon) and how someone's illness and imminent death can affect those closest to the victim (family as well as close friends) in both a sad and positive way. I thought this was a beautiful film and Jack Lemmon gave an excellent performance. When he was saying goodby to his "favorite pupil" on his deathbed and lectured him one last time "I'll be buried by a beautiful oak tree, you talk, I'll just listen." This movie has both a sad but beautiful ending in getting across the message that death is a part of living and shouldn't be feared. Maybe this message is too heavy for some of the other so called critics but we all have to face up to it eventually.


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