Syndicated sports columnist Mitch Albom (Hank Azaria) has found success and popularity in his occupation, but emotionally and spiritually he is bankrupt. While watching television one night, he comes across an interview with his former university professor Morrie Schwartz (Jack Lemmon) who is battling A.L.S. - better known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. Mitch makes contact with his former mentor and the two begin to discuss the issues of happiness, life, and death. Before long they are meeting on a weekly basis as Mitch reassumes the role of Morrie's student. Oprah Winfrey produced this made-for-tv movie based on the best-selling non-fiction book by Mitch Albom.