Tuesdays With Morrie

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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.

ACTORS : Jack Lemmon, Hank Azaria, Wendy Moniz-Grillo

YEAR OF RELEASE : 1990

POSTAGE : Free postage within Australia

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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.

A beautiful movie

This is a great TV movie about a retired teacher named Morrie Schwartz who is slowly dying of Lou Gherig’s disease. Instead of being miserable about his inevitable death, Morrie has accepted it. An old pupil of his, Mitch Albom, has come to visit Morrie after hearing of his sickness on the news. Morrie starts to teach Mitch about his ideas on the meaning of life. He says “When we learn to die, we learn to live.” When you can accept that you will die someday, you live life differently. He also says to always forgive everyone before it’s too late and to love everyone. “We must love one another, or die.”

It is made very clear from the very beginning of this movie that Morrie is going to die. Knowing this makes you dread the ending of this movie, but not as much as watching Morrie in such pain, especially at night. There were great acting jobs by everyone in this movie, including Wendy Moniz and Hank Azaria. But Jack Lemmon steals the show.

This movie reminded me a lot of “I’m Not Rappaport,” starring Jack Lemmon’s partner Walter Matthau. It’s an excellent and beautiful movie that will really make you look at life differently, which is what Morrie would have liked.

Oprah’s Doing

Even though Oprah funded / supported this film with the change she had in her left pocket, her involvement in making this film possible was worthy. Jack Lemmon gives another brilliant / unrecognized performance as Morrie, the old friend and teacher who is preparing himself to die. Hank Azaria is surprisingly good as well. For a change, Azaria moves away from his work in comedy and many of his character driven roles to play a heart-filled character. By the second half of the movie, you forget that he is the voice of many Simpson characters. The ending of this movie is worth watching this movie again and again and again. If you have ever had to say goodbye to a loved one, you will understand and be a fan of Tuesdays with Morrie.

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