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Jerry Maguire (1996)

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When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Boyd (as Renee Zellweger)
Frank Cushman
Chad the Nanny
Bill Dooler
Benjamin Kimball Smith ...
Keith Cushman


Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a successful sports agent. The biggest clients, the respect, a beautiful fiancée, he has it all. Until one night he questions his purpose. His place in the world, and finally comes to terms with what's wrong with his career and life. Recording all his thoughts in a mission statement Jerry feels he has a new lease on life. Unfortunately his opinions aren't met with enthusiasm from his superiors and after dishonorably being stripped of his high earning clients and elite status within the agency Jerry steps out into the sports business armed with only one volatile client (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and the only person with belief in his abilities (Renée Zellweger) with the impossible task of rebuilding what he once had. Along the way he faces the harsh truths which he'd ignored in the past and a host of hardships that he'd never faced before. Written by Hax_9

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jerry Maguire: Spiel des Lebens  »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,084,296, 15 December 1996, Wide Release

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Cameron Crowe spent three and a half years writing the script. See more »


The Arizona Cardinals play Pittsburgh and Indianapolis in the same season twice. This is impossible in accordance to NFL scheduling, as a team from the NFC (Arizona) cannot play two AFC teams from different divisions (Pittsburgh & Indianapolis). See more »


Jerry Maguire: Rod, think about back when you were a little kid. It wasn't about the money, was it? Was it?
Jerry Maguire: Was it?
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Requiem Again
Written by Vini Reilly (as V.G. Reilly)
Performed by The Durutti Column
Courtesy of ROIR
Published by Zomba Music Publishers Ltd.
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Show Me the Money!!!
25 June 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Jerry Maguire" did something very strange in 1996: it had both critical and commercial success. This was evident in the fact that the four other Best Picture nominees for the year were all independent productions. "Jerry Maguire" shows the business world of America at its worst, in this case in the sports industry. When Jerry Maguire, a sports agent, (played by Oscar-nominated Tom Cruise) has a breakthrough one night he realizes that quality is more important than quantity. Of course he is fired from his job and loses all of his clients except Rod Tidwell (played by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in his Oscar-winning performance). Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) has left the business with Maguire, agreeing with his views. However, Maguire struggles with his separation from the sports corporation (losing his fiance and the first pick in the NFL Draft). However, he survives and learns that living well and loving well are the keys to happiness. All in all, "Jerry Maguire" is classic Hollywood stuff made in the present-day. Cameron Crowe's script and direction are subtle, but extremely effective. Tom Cruise delivered his best performance to date. Renee Zellweger proved to be the find of the year and Cuba Gooding, Jr.'s quotes and scenes he stole were enough to win him the Oscar in a very competitive year in the Best Supporting Actor category. "Jerry Maguire" is not a perfect film. In fact it is flawed in many ways and is not very accurate in some areas. However, its ability to mix comedy, romance, and drama make it a very entertaining film. The performances are all excellent. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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