Originally scripted as a vehicle for Tom Hanks, who apparently balked at the fact that the lead character is shown splitting with his wife, the film stars Tom Cruise as sports agent Jerry Maguire. Maguire starts out as a money-orientated hustler who couldn’t really care less about his clients as human beings, but one night he experiences a minor revelation that changes his world.
Hastily jotting down a memo titled ‘The Things We Think and Do Not Say: The Future of Our Business’, Maguire lays down the groundwork for a new approach to business based on respect and decency, rather than hard cash. Maguire is promptly sacked, taking with him the company’s kind-hearted accountant Dorothy (Renee Zellweger) and just one client – the exuberant Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jnr), whose demands to ‘show me the money’ soon became the film’s catchphrase. But when Maguire’s careerist wife Avery (Kelly Preston) starts putting on the pressure, Maguire looks at the loyal Dorothy with new eyes and starts from scratch.
One of the surprise contenders at the Academy Awards, Jerry Maguire is a story of success against the odds that was, itself, a success against the odds. Although this romantic comedy went on to gross $150 million and gather five Oscar nominations, the director was nearly sacked by the studio for running ten days over schedule. ‘Nobody remembers now,’ said Crowe at the time, ‘but it was a big deal. Studio production guys were showing up outside the stage door. Then one guy came to my trailer, and I finally said, ‘Step back a second and see what’s happening here. I spent three and a half years on this script. You have the biggest star in the world. Gimme some room to breathe, OK?”
USA / 139 minutes / 1996
Writers:Cameron Crowe, W.D. Hogan,
Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire
Cuba Gooding Jr. as Rod Tidwell
Renée Zellweger as Dorothy Boyd
Kelly Preston as Avery Bishop
Alison Armitage as Former Girlfriend
Jonathan Lipnicki as Ray Boyd
Jerry O’Connell as Frank Cushman
Jay Mohr as Bob Sugar
Bonnie Hunt as Laurel Boyd
Todd Louiso as Chad the Nanny
Mark Pellington as Bill Dooler
Jeremy Suarez as Tyson Tidwell
Jared Jussim as Dicky Fox
Benjamin Kimball Smith as Keith Cushman
Ingrid Beer as Anne-Louise
Donal Logue as Rick
Drake Bell as Jesse Remo
Beau Bridges as Matt Cushman
Ivana Miličević as Former Girlfriend
Lamont Johnson as Weepy Athlete
Rick Johnson as John Swenson
Katarina Witt as Herself
Eric Stoltz as Ethan Valhere
Regina King as Marcee Tidwell
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