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Jerry Maguire -- 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 with the only athlete who stays with him.

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Writer (WGA):
Cameron Crowe (written by)
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Release Date:
13 December 1996 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Everybody loved him... Everybody disappeared. See more »
Plot:
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 with the only athlete who stays with him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 27 wins & 19 nominations See more »
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It used to be a better meal, now it's a better life See more (296 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Cruise ... Jerry Maguire

Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Rod Tidwell

Renée Zellweger ... Dorothy Boyd (as Renee Zellweger)

Kelly Preston ... Avery Bishop

Jerry O'Connell ... Frank Cushman

Jay Mohr ... Bob Sugar

Bonnie Hunt ... Laurel Boyd

Regina King ... Marcee Tidwell

Jonathan Lipnicki ... Ray Boyd

Todd Louiso ... Chad the Nanny

Mark Pellington ... Bill Dooler

Jeremy Suarez ... Tyson Tidwell
Jared Jussim ... Dicky Fox
Benjamin Kimball Smith ... Keith Cushman

Ingrid Beer ... Anne-Louise

Jann Wenner ... Scully
Nada Despotovich ... Wendy

Alexandra Wentworth ... Bobbi Fallon

Aries Spears ... Tee Pee

Kelly Coffield Park ... Jan (as Kelly Coffield)
Alice Marie Crowe ... Alice
Larina Jean Adamson ... Women's Group Member (as Larina Adamson)
Winnie Holzman ... Women's Group Member
Diana Jordan ... Women's Group Member
Susan Norfleet ... Women's Group Member
Susan Pingleton ... Women's Group Member
Cha-Cha Sandoval ... Women's Group Member

Hynden Walch ... Women's Group Member

Glenn Frey ... Dennis Wilburn

Donal Logue ... Rick, Junior Agent

Tom Gallop ... Ben
Beaumont Bacon ... Cleo
Lisa Amsterdam ... Patricia Logan

Angela Goethals ... Kathy Sanders

Leslie Upson ... Flight Attendant

Rick Johnson ... John Swenson
Lightfield Lewis ... Room Service Waiter

Jerry Cantrell ... Jesus of CopyMat

Toby Huss ... Steve Remo

Drake Bell ... Jesse Remo

Christine Cavanaugh ... Mrs. Remo (as Christina Cavanaugh)
Russel Lunday ... Doctor

Eric Stoltz ... Ethan Valhere
Lamont Johnson ... Weepy Athlete
Brent Barry ... Calvin Nack
Rod Tate ... 'Baja' Brunard
Charlie Cronin ... Hootie Fan
Theo Greenly ... Hootie Fan
Danny Rimmer ... Sad Autograph Boy
Michael James Johnson ... Clark Hodd
Jordan Ross ... Art Stallings
Brandon Christianson ... Young Golfer
Jerry Ziesmer ... Trainer
Kirsten Krueger ... Draft Reporter
Shannon Thornton ... Pressbox Columnist
Luis Damian ... Mariachi Band Member
Jesus Alberto Guzman ... Mariachi Band Member
Juan Arnoldo Morales ... Mariachi Band Member
Alberto Alfavo ... Mariachi Band Member

Andrea Ferrell ... Woman in Elevator

Anthony Natale ... Man in Elevator
David Ursin ... General Manager
Thomas J. Reilly ... Reverend

Reagan Gomez-Preston ... Tidwell's Cousin
Jim Moffatt ... NFL Guest
Leo Zick ... NFL Guest

Klair Bybee ... NFL Guest
Stan Sessoms ... Shower Man (as Stanley Sessoms)
Gale Hillman ... Locker Room Athlete
Heather Cheney ... Idealized Kissing Wife

Dennis Fitzgerald ... Idealized Kissing Husband

Lucy Liu ... Former Girlfriend (as Lucy Alexis Liu)
Stephanie Furst ... Former Girlfriend

Justina Vail ... Former Girlfriend

Samantha Smith ... Former Girlfriend (as Sam Smith)

Ivana Milicevic ... Former Girlfriend (as Ivana Marina)

Lisa Rotondi ... Former Girlfriend
Lisa Stahl ... Former Girlfriend

Emily Procter ... Former Girlfriend

Amaryllis Borrego ... Former Girlfriend
Stacey Williams ... Former Girlfriend
Lauren Parker ... Former Girlfriend
Lisa Ann Hadley ... Former Girlfriend
Kymberly Kalil ... Former Girlfriend

Alison Armitage ... Former Girlfriend

Rebecca Rigg ... Former Girlfriend
Golde Starger ... Former Girlfriend
Roy Firestone ... Himself
Al Michaels ... Himself
Dan Dierdorf ... Himself

Frank Gifford ... Himself
Mel Kiper ... Himself
Jeffrey Lurie ... Himself (as Jeff Lurie)
Drew Rosenhaus ... Himself
Richie Kotite ... Himself
Tim McDonald ... Himself

Mike Tirico ... Himself
Wayne Fontes ... Himself
Evelyn Fontes ... Herself
Mike White ... Himself
Johnnie Morton ... Himself
Rick Mirer ... Himself
Drew Bledsoe ... Himself
Rob Moore ... Himself
Ki-Jana Carter ... Himself
Herman Moore ... Himself
Art Monk ... Himself
Troy Aikman ... Himself

Katarina Witt ... Herself

Dean Biasucci ... Himself

Warren Moon ... Himself
Kerry Collins ... Himself
Erica Sorgi ... Herself
Tom Friend ... Himself

Dallas Malloy ... Herself
Jim Irsay ... Himself
Meg Irsay ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mike Boss ... Extra (uncredited)

Beau Bridges ... Matt Cushman (uncredited)
Jacqueline Collen ... Girl (uncredited)
Jody Collins ... Cardinals Center (uncredited)
John Cramer ... Tidwell Fan (uncredited)
Joanna Daniels ... Former Girlfriend (uncredited)
Jeff Dolniak ... Football Fanatic (uncredited)

Micki Duran ... Dancer (uncredited)
Kerry Friend ... Woman at Bar (uncredited)
Charley Gilleran ... Overheard Fan (uncredited)

Clare Harper ... Assistant (uncredited)
Joseph B. Henry ... Hotel Doorman (uncredited)

Michael Irvin ... Himself (uncredited)
Kenneth Keith Kallenbach ... Psycho Sports Fan (uncredited)
Jason H. Karniol ... Football Fan Grabbing Rod Tidwell (uncredited)
Kari Keegan ... Former Girlfriend (uncredited)

Michael G. Kehoe ... Reporter (uncredited)

Thomas James Kepner ... Trainer (uncredited)

Mia Korf ... Former Girlfriend (uncredited)

Gina La Piana ... Former Girlfriend (uncredited)

Sascha Lorren ... Tidwell's Niece (uncredited)

Coleman McClary ... Rod's Friend (uncredited)

Kevin McNally ... News Camera Man (uncredited)
Jeffrey Moorad ... Himself (uncredited)

Sean Neff ... Photographer (uncredited)

Joseph Neibich ... Reporter (uncredited)
Peg Phillips ... Video Tape at Bachelor Party - "He was no slouch in bed" (uncredited)
Golan Ramras ... Football Game Spectator (uncredited)

Sean Patrick Reilly ... Jay Acura (uncredited)
Valerie Richards ... Video Girl (uncredited)

Summer Sanders ... Herself (uncredited)
June Saruwatari ... Reporter (uncredited)

Iva Franks Singer ... Airplane passenger (uncredited)
Carolyn Renee Smith ... Airplane Passenger (uncredited)
Christopher J. Smith ... Football Game Spectator (uncredited)
David Spring ... Football Player in Locker Room (uncredited)
Leigh Steinberg ... Himself (uncredited)

Matt von Siegel ... Stadium Sideline Official (uncredited)

Jenny Worman ... SMI Receptionist (uncredited)

Lynnanne Zager ... Answering Machine (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Cameron Crowe 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Cameron Crowe (written by)

Produced by
James L. Brooks .... producer
Cameron Crowe .... producer
Bridget Johnson .... executive producer: Gracie Films
Laurence Mark .... producer
J. Michael Mendel .... associate producer
Bruce S. Pustin .... co-producer
Richard Sakai .... producer
John D. Schofield .... co-producer
Lisa Stewart .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Janusz Kaminski 
 
Film Editing by
Joe Hutshing 
David Moritz (co-editor)
 
Casting by
Gail Levin 
 
Production Design by
Stephen J. Lineweaver  (as Stephen Lineweaver)
 
Art Direction by
Clayton Hartley 
Virginia L. Randolph  (as Virginia Randolph)
 
Set Decoration by
Clay A. Griffith 
 
Costume Design by
Betsy Heimann 
 
Makeup Department
Carrie Angland .... makeup artist
Linda Arnold .... hair styles supervisor
Stacye P. Branche .... makeup artist: Cuba Gooding Jr. (as Stacye Branché)
Michèle Burke .... makeup supervisor (as Michele Burke-Winter)
Denise Fischer .... makeup artist: Cuba Gooding Jr.
Michael White .... hair styles supervisor
Christine M. Guararra .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Kerry Mendenhall .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Carlos Yeaggy .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Amy Herman .... production manager: second unit
Andrew Stone .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bryan Denegal .... second second assistant director
Christopher T. Gerrity .... first assistant director: second unit (football sequences) (as Christopher Gerrity)
Allan Graf .... second unit director: football sequences
Amy Schmidt .... second assistant director: second unit (football sequences)
Jill Southern .... dga trainee (as Jill Musser)
Warren R. Turner .... second assistant director (as Warren Turner)
Jerry Ziesmer .... first assistant director
Cary Cordon .... second assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Robyn B. Holmes .... set dresser
Bart C. Hubenthal .... set dresser (as Bart Hubenthal)
Jack Johnson .... illustrator (as John Johnson)
John Maskovich .... set dresser
Hope M. Parrish .... property master (as Hope Parrish)
William D. Parrish .... assistant property master
Jennifer Pray .... set dresser
Wendy Riva .... assistant art director
Eric Rosenberg .... assistant art director
Brana Rosenfeld .... set dresser
Jim Stubblefield .... assistant property master (as D. James Stubblefield)
Sally Thornton .... assistant art director
John Villarino .... construction coordinator
Mike Villarino .... construction foreman
Greg Wilkinson .... lead man (as Gregory Wilkinson)
Doreen Austria .... graphic designer (uncredited)
Todd Bennett .... plaster foreman (uncredited)
Todd Bennett .... plasterer (uncredited)
Jeff J. Davis .... set constructor (uncredited)
Lee J. Jashinsky .... painter (uncredited)
Bill Land .... set dresser (uncredited)
Julia K. Levine .... set designer (uncredited)
Mark A. Mancinelli .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Jeffrey Thomas .... stand-by greensman (uncredited)
Gaylene West .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John K. Adams .... adr editor (as John Adams)
Robert Batha .... assistant sound editor
Barbara J. Boguski .... adr editor (as Barbara Boguski)
Paul Timothy Carden .... dialogue editor (as Paul Timothy Cardin)
Don Coufal .... boom operator
Dino Dimuro .... foley editor
Todd Egan .... assistant sound editor
Hector C. Gika .... sound effects editor (as Hector Gika)
Mark Gordon .... foley editor
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as Doug M. Hemphill)
Chris Hogan .... dialogue editor (as Christopher Hogan)
Gary Holland .... boom operator
Craig S. Jaeger .... foley editor (as Craig Jaeger)
Chris Jargo .... supervising adr editor
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor
Rick Kline .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Lamberti .... sound effects editor
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip D. Morrill .... assistant sound editor
Gary Mundheim .... dialogue editor
Thomas O'Neil Younkman .... assistant sound editor
John Rice .... assistant sound editor
Dan M. Rich .... dialogue editor (as Dan A. Rich)
Mary Ruth Smith .... adr editor (as Mary Smith)
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Jon Title .... sound effects editor
Jeff Wexler .... sound mixer
Michael D. Wilhoit .... supervising sound editor (as Mike Wilhoit)
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist (uncredited)
David Young .... sound engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Paul H. Haines Jr. .... special effects coordinator (as Paul Haines Jr.)
 
Visual Effects by
Carol Ashley .... composite supervisor: Cinecite
Rod Basham .... visual effects editor: Cinesite
Richard A. Benoit .... visual effects coordinator: Cinesite
Casey Cannon .... video and computer graphics supervisor: BFTRE
Gil Gagnon .... visual effect production manager: Cinesite
Gilbert Gonzales .... digital artist: Cinesite
Tim Ketzer .... 3D animator
Billy Koch .... plate coordinator: Cinesite
Brad Kuehn .... visual effects supervisor: Cinesite
Ariana Lingenfelser .... visual effects producer: Cinesite
Kevin Schwab .... digital imaging: Cinesite
Gail Wise .... department coordinator: BFTRE
David Blum .... visual effects (uncredited)
Aimee Campbell .... matchmover: Cinesite (uncredited)
John Cornejo .... digital compositor: Cinesite (uncredited)
Charles Darby .... digital matte artist (uncredited)
Bill Gilman .... digital compositor (uncredited) (Cinesite Hollywood)
Christopher Grandel .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Nicole Herr .... digital compositor: Cinesite (uncredited)
Roger Kupelian .... digital artist (uncredited)
Vincent Lavares .... tape operator (uncredited)
Mike Leben .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Dan Levitan .... motion tracker (uncredited)
Richard Lund .... translite photographer (uncredited)
Dean Lyon .... visual effects consultant (uncredited)
Ralph Maiers .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Marcel Martinez .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Karen M. Murphy .... visual effects producer: Cinesite (uncredited)
Cristin Pescosolido .... motion tracking supervisor (uncredited)
Tiffany Smith .... runner (uncredited)
Ronnie E. Williams Jr. .... data operations (uncredited)
Eric Withee .... digital film technician: Cinesite (uncredited)
Jeff Zucker .... gaffer: visual effects unit (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Steve Blalock .... stunts
Keith Campbell .... stunts
Allan Graf .... stunt coordinator
James Michael Hold Jr. .... stunts
John Jackson .... stunts
Horace Knight .... stunts
Candace Robinson .... stunts
Don Tardino .... stunts
Dain Turner .... stunts
Al Whiting .... stunts
Danny Wynands .... stunts (as Dan Wynands)
Carlos A. Herzer .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen F. Andrich .... camera operator: second unit, football sequences (as Steve Andrich)
Cheli Clayton .... film loader: second unit
Chuck Cohen .... director of photography: second unit, football sequences
Andrew Cooper .... still photographer
David Devlin .... chief lighting technician
Mitch Dubin .... camera operator
Kevin Erb .... best boy
Charley Gilleran .... key rigging grip
Jim Kwiatkowski .... key grip (as James Kwiatkowski)
Dwight Joseph Lavers .... dolly grip (as Dwight Lavers)
Brian Lukas .... rigging gaffer (as Brian R. Lukas)
Donald Marks .... camera operator: second unit, football sequences
Steven Meizler .... first assistant camera
Larry J. Richardson .... best boy electric
Mark Spath .... second assistant camera
Dean Striepeke .... video assist operator
Steve Alessi .... grip (uncredited)
Steven Aquilino .... second assistant camera: Phx vs. Dallas unit (uncredited)
James Barker .... electrician (uncredited)
Steve Bellen .... assistant camera: re-shoots (uncredited)
Joe Chess .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Daniel C. Cook .... second assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Jay Coolidge .... first assistant camera: Phx vs. Dallas unit (uncredited)
Daniel Coscia .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Del Boccio .... assistant camera: re-shoots (uncredited)
Roch Dutkowiak .... electrician (uncredited)
Kevin Edwards .... grip (uncredited)
Erik A. Erichsen .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Tim Gaylord .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Bob Gorelick .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Bob Gorelick .... camera operator (uncredited)
Michael Grady .... grip (uncredited)
Danny Hernandez .... electrician (uncredited)
Samuel Hughes .... electrician (uncredited)
Mansur Johnson .... grip (uncredited)
Bill Keenley .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Geoffrey D. Knoller .... grip (uncredited)
Ron Kunecke .... night light operator (uncredited)
Jason E. Lord .... electrician (uncredited)
Gregory Lundsgaard .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Michael A. McFadden .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Scott Medcalf .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
David H. Neale .... electrician (uncredited)
Christopher Probst .... second assistant camera: Phx vs. Dallas unit (uncredited)
Leon Sanginiti .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael A. Savage .... grip (uncredited)
Ralph Scherer .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
Gary Stark .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Michael Stumpf .... assistant camera: re-shoots (uncredited)
Larissa Supplitt .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Stephen Thorp .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Daniel Windels .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Eva Eastman .... casting assistant
Tricia Tomey .... casting associate
Michael Caccamise .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Franklyn Warren .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia Black .... costumer
Edward T. Hanley .... costumer (as Ed Hanley)
Joyce Kogut .... costumer
James Lapidus .... costume supervisor
Linda Matthews .... costume supervisor
Meg Matthews .... costumer
Garet Reilly .... costumer
Nava R. Sadan .... costumer (as Nava Sadan)
Lori Stilson .... costume supervisor
Gregory B. Peña .... set costumer (football sequences) (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Richard Conkling .... second assistant editor (as Rich Conkling)
Jennifer Hatton .... apprentice editor
Phil Hetos .... color timer
Michael Ross .... apprentice editor
Gabriel Wrye .... additional editor
Ofe Yi .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Danny Bramson .... music supervisor
Carlton Kaller .... music editor (as Carl Kaller)
Stephanie Lowry .... assistant music editor
Nancy Wilson .... composer: theme music
Brian L. McCarty .... digital music playback operator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation captain (as Tim Ryan)
Don Tardino .... transportation coordinator
Thomas Vilardo .... transportation co-captain (as Tom Vilardo)
Mark Pont .... driver (uncredited)
Vincent J. Ybiernas .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paula Abdul .... choreographer
Petra Alexandria .... assistant: Laurence Mark
Frawley Becker .... location manager
Crista Birgy .... second assistant accountant
Joanie Blum .... script supervisor
Glenn Cannon .... on-set supervisor: Banned from the Ranch Entertainment (as Glen Cannon)
Richard K. Chung .... production assistant (as Richard Chung)
George Davis .... production secretary
Michael Doven .... assistant: Tom Cruise
Susan Dukow .... production office coordinator
Harold Fowler .... first aid
Tom George .... sports consultant
Tom Gorai .... bachelor party film consultant
Zac Jackson .... production assistant
Douglas Jones .... assistant accountant
Katherine Kallis .... location manager
Maria Kavanaugh .... assistant: James L. Brooks
Michael G. Kehoe .... craft service: Phoenix/Los Angeles (as Michael Kehoe)
Scott M. Martin .... assistant: Cameron Crowe
Jeffrey Moorad .... technical consultant
Belita Moreno .... acting coach
Brendan Murphy .... production assistant
Felicia Nalivansky .... assistant: Richard Sakai
Chris Palzis .... production assistant
Mark Pellington .... bachelor party film consultant
Tory Reed .... set production assistant
Mike Revell .... production accountant (as Michael Revell)
Cornelia Ryan .... assistant: Bruce Pustin
Beau Sessions .... assistant production coordinator
Michael Singer .... unit publicist
Denise Sirkot .... finance executive: Gracie Films
Leigh Steinberg .... technical consultant
Shawn Suttles .... assistant: Cuba Gooding Jr.
Andrew L. Ullman .... location manager (as Andrew Ullman)
Chad Woelki .... production assistant
Ken Wolfe .... consultant: ABC Football
Jesse Yoshimura .... production assistant
Suzanne Ziesmer .... production assistant
Chad Ahrendt .... production assistant (uncredited)
Susan Ahulii .... craft service (uncredited)
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (uncredited)
Richard A. Clark .... security officer (uncredited)
Bronwyn Cornelius .... assistant: John D. Schofield (uncredited)
Julie Duvic .... location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)
Mark Robert Ellis .... assistant sports coordinator (uncredited)
Mike Fantasia .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Allan Graf .... football coordinator (uncredited)
David Greditzer .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Adrienne King .... looping voices (uncredited)
Tom Lent .... adr voice (uncredited)
Ted Leonard .... production assistant (uncredited)
Eric Mansur .... assistant: Laurence Mark (uncredited)
Jeanne Mayeux .... researcher (uncredited)
Andrea Mikolajczak .... stand-in (uncredited)
Michelene Mundo .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Golan Ramras .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Yang .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Paula Abdul .... special thanks
Bill Bidwell .... special thanks
Lisa Colantoni .... special thanks
Dennis Gilbert .... special thanks
Jerry Jones .... special thanks
Jeffrey Lurie .... special thanks (as Jeff Lurie)
Rob Moore .... special thanks
Linda Peterson Warren .... special thanks
 
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MPAA:
Rated R for language and sexuality
Runtime:
139 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Austria:6 | Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-12 | France:Unrated | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Japan:PG12 (2014) | Netherlands:AL | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:15 | Spain:7 | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #34799)

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Trivia:
John Travolta was considered for the role of Jerry Maguire.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Jerry's cut disappears during the sex scene.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Jerry Maguire:So this is the world, and there are almost six billion people on it. When I was a kid, there were three. It's hard to keep up.
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38 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
It used to be a better meal, now it's a better life, 19 June 2008
Author: Chrysanthepop from Fraggle Rock

I've almost always loved Crowe's style of storytelling and never tire of rewatching 'Almost Famous' and 'Jerry McGuire' (which I consider his best). Even though his more recent 'Elizabethtown' didn't match up the standards of those two films, that too had its wonderful moments (and it was better than 'Vanilla Sky', Crowe shouldn't have attempted remakes). Like most of his films, 'Jerry McGuire' has soul. Crowe's eloquent screenplay is rich in humour, drama and lots of energy. It features some of the finest dialogues and one-liners like 'You had me at hello', 'Don't cry at the beginning of a date, cry at the end like I do'... and the actors deliver them marvelously. Another fascinating aspect is the brilliant characters. Each and every one of them, no matter how long the screen time, has something that contributes. Thus, next to an engaging drama and a magnificent comedy it is a fine character study.

'Jerry McGuire' may also be one of Cruise's career best movies. I'm surprised to hear that the part was originally written for Tom Hanks. Hanks is a fine actor but I can't imagine him as McGuire as I doubt whether he has the right combination of energy and pathos that are required to be McGuire. I can't imagine anyone but Tom who fits the part. The same can be said of Renee Zellweger and Cuba Godding Jr as I don't see how a Winona Ryder, Cameron Diaz or Mira Sorvino and a Jamie Foxx (all good actresses) could respectively bring out the sweetness, vulnerability and charisma of Dorothy Boyd or the energy, humour, liveliness, enthusiasm and devotion (towards family) of Rod Tidwell. One wonders why Zellweger was overlooked as her presence too is crucial to the film.

In addition, the film has a splendid supporting cast that include a sublime and laugh-out-loud Bonnie Hunt, a bitchy gorgeous Kelly Preston, a sprightly Regina King and an unforgettably lovable Jonathan Lipnicki (one of the few child actors who's cute but not in the way that gets on your nerves)'. Child actors are very hard to direct but Lipnicki's performance comes across as very natural and he acts like a real child instead of those irritating oh-look-I'm-so-cute child models.

The soundtrack too deserves mention as it features some amazing numbers. One of the so many memorable scenes is when McGuire is driving in his car and he listens to the radio, switching channels and singing along. Then there's also the incredibly romantic 'Secret Garden' by Bruce Springsteen among other great familiar tracks by the Beatles, Rolling Stone, Marvin Gaye, Kurt Cobain etc. On the more technical side, the wild and smooth cinematography, slick editing and effective sound are superbly put together. The visuals are very impressive.

The last time I had watched 'Jerry McGuire' was about 10 years ago and I vividly remember saying 'wow!' when the end credits started to roll that my sibling wondered what the hell was going on. I feel the same about it after having rewatched it recently. Well, actually I like it more because I noticed more things that I overlooked before and understand and like the characters more. McGuire's transformation from the money-obsessed agent to the caring agent and then to the caring human being (in the form of a father and a husband), a change that wouldn't have happened if it weren't for the caring people in his life, is one remarkable story.

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