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Jerry Maguire (1996) Poster

(1996)

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Two lines from the film, "Show me the money" and "You had me at hello", are in the AFI's top 100 movie quotes (at numbers 25 and 52, respectively).
Renée Zellweger admitted that the day she was cast in this film, it had been so long since she had worked that when she went to an ATM, she did not have enough of a balance to make a withdrawal.
Jonathan Lipnicki showed up on the set one day telling everyone that, "the human head weighs eight pounds". Cameron Crowe liked it so much he wrote it into the script.
Tom Cruise did not remember that Bonnie Hunt was in Rain Man (1988). At first he thought she was joking when she said they had worked together before.
The title role was written for Tom Hanks.
The scene in which Jerry and Ray are talking in the living room for the first time, was completely adlibbed. Director Cameron Crowe wanted to create a genuine "feel" between the two and did so by not having a written dialogue for that particular scene.
When Cuba Gooding Jr. first read for his part for the studio, he did so with Robin Williams, assuming that Williams was going to be playing the title role. However, Tom Cruise had already been hired and Williams was simply substituting as a favor.
The story for Jerry Maguire is reportedly based on real-life Orange County agent Leigh Steinberg (who actually makes a cameo in the film as Troy Aikman's agent, which he was in real-life too). Steinberg's ex-partner David Dunn tried to lure away many of Steinberg's clients, just as Jay Mohr's Bob Sugar does in the film.
This was Tom Cruise's fifth consecutive $100-million-plus film, a new record.
Cameron Crowe spent three and a half years writing the script.
Cameron Crowe's mother appears among those attending the divorced women's group. She is the one who says, "I finally got in touch with my anger."
The parts of Dorothy and Jerry were originally written for Winona Ryder and Tom Hanks. Hanks was unable to commit to the project due to his work on That Thing You Do! (1996). Ryder was able to commit, but when screen tests were done with Tom Cruise, they "looked like brother and sister" when standing together.
Jamie Foxx auditioned for the role later given to Cuba Gooding Jr..
In the elevator scene when Jerry and Dorthy spot a man signing to his girlfriend and Dorothy translates it as "You complete me", the man appears to be using Pidgin sign (basically American Sign Language signs in English word order) or possibly a form of Manually Coded English. What he literally says is "You make me feel whole."
Diane Lane auditioned for the role of Avery Bishop.
Jennifer Connelly and Meg Ryan were each offered the role of Avery, but both turned it down.
Regina King was really pregnant during the filming of the movie.
The movie's line "Show me the money." was voted as the #80 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
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Alec Baldwin, Johnny Depp, Sean Penn and Bruce Willis were all considered for the lead role.
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Renée Zellweger's famous line "You had me at 'hello'" served as the inspiration behind Kenny Chesney's 1999 single with the similar name "You Had Me From Hello." In 2005, Zellwegger married Chesney, only to have it annulled after four months.
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Because Cameron Crowe took so long writing the screenplay, he felt his original choice to play the title character - Tom Hanks - was too old to play the part by the time the film was ready to be made. Besides, Hanks had just won back-to-back Oscars and was in the midst of directing That Thing You Do! (1996).
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At the end of the movie, while Rod Tidwell is being interviewed on TV, Jerry Maguire is congratulated by a lady. She is the Winter Olympic champion Katarina Witt. She is seen standing next to Leigh Steinberg, the inspiration for the the title character. Leigh Steinberg introduces Jerry to Troy Aikman in the movie.
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Cameron Diaz was considered for the role of Dorothy Boyd.
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Former NFL defensive back Tim MacDonald is credited to have come up with the phrase "Show me the money!" while he was a member of the Arizona Cardinals.
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The Cardinal - Cowboy game at the end of the movie was actually an ABC Monday Night Football game played on Monday December 25, 1995. In the movie the Cardinals won, in real life the Cowboys won 37 - 31.
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Two Paul McCartney instrumentals are used in the movie, "Momma Miss America" (during the airport montage) and "Singalong Junk" (during Jerry and Dorothy's first kissing scene on the porch), both from the 1970 album "McCartney". Cameron Crowe received McCartney's permission without ever having met him, instead sending a tape of the film to the latter's office. The two would actually meet for the first time five years later in L.A., and the result of that meeting was McCartney composing the title song to Crowe's movie Vanilla Sky (2001), which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song.
When Dorothy and Ray drop off Jerry at the airport and look at the family saying goodbye (a mother and child are seeing off the father), the three people shown are the stand-ins for Tom Cruise, Renée Zellweger and Jonathan Lipnicki who worked on the film.
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The song playing when Dorothy and Jerry first have sex is "Haitian Fight Song" by Charles Mingus. This is the answer to Jerry's question "What IS this music?".
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Ranked #10 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Sports" in June 2008.
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Patricia Arquette, Nicole Kidman, Molly Ringwald and Uma Thurman were considered for the role of Dorothy.
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The baseball field at the end of the film is the same field used in Hook (1991).
The role of Bob Sugar, Jerry's unethical archenemy (played by Jay Mohr) was allegedly based on the real-life sports agent Drew Rosenhaus, known for similar tactics.
Edward Burns was the second choice to play Jerry. He was offered the role while completing The Brothers McMullen (1995) but declined as he wanted to concentrate on his own films not to mention being in pre-production of She's the One (1996). Burns suggested his McMullen co-star Connie Britton to read for the part of Dorothy but she ultimately lost out to Renée Zellweger.
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Cameron Crowe offered the Dorothy Boyd role to Janeane Garofalo, if she could lose weight, but after trimming down, she learned that Renée Zellweger had won the part instead in what was to become a career-launching smash hit.
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Artie Lange filmed a small role but his scene was deleted. According to Lange in his memoir, Cruise yelled at him for not entering his scene quickly enough. Lange further discussed his displeasure at working on the film but praised Cameron Crowe for being nice and professional. When his scene was cut, Crowe personally called Lange to inform him. Lange later went onto praise Crowe for taking the time to call, despite his schedule.
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The song that Cush is playing when Jerry enters his hotel room on the night of the draft is "Something In The Way" by Nirvana.
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Director Cameron Crowe was a big fan of The Apartment (1960) and used Shirley MacLaine as a model for the kind of woman he wanted for Dorothy Boyd.
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Cameron Crowe wanted his hero, legendary film director Billy Wilder, to play Dicky Fox. Wilder had agreed to think about it, but on the first day of filming, Wilder refused to play the role. So Crowe took Tom Cruise to Wilder's office to try to convince him, and Wilder still said no. Later, Crowe and Wilder became friends and Crowe wrote a book about Wilder's life.
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John Travolta was considered for the role of Jerry Maguire.
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Film debut of Jonathan Lipnicki.
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Shortly before the movie's release, Detroit Lions head coach Wayne Fontes was fired. His brief role was not cut from the final edit of the film.
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Alyssa Milano auditioned for the role of Avery Bishop.
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Marisa Tomei auditioned for the part of Dorothy Boyd.
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Connie Britton was considered for the role of Dorothy Boyd and was the second choice for the role, being narrowly beaten out by Renée Zellweger at the last minute.
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Cameron Crowe has stated that Jerry's memo/mission statement was directly influenced by Jeffrey Katzenberg's tirade after leaving Disney.
Eric Stoltz's character in this film is Ethan Valhere. Stoltz also played a character named Valhere in Say Anything... (1989), also directed by Cameron Crowe.
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Jann Wenner, who plays the character Scully, is the publisher of Rolling Stone Magazine, for which writer-director Cameron Crowe once worked.
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Courtney Love was considered for the role of Dorothy Boyd.
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At one point in the film, a promotional poster for Janet Jackson's 1993 album, "Janet.", is seen hanging on a wall in Tee Pee's (Aries Spears's) room. Jackson reportedly read for the part of Marcee Tidwell, but lost it to her Poetic Justice (1993) costar Regina King.
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Jennifer Lopez turned down the role of Dorothy Boyd at the behest of her agent who felt that the role was not right for her.
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Cuba Gooding Jr.'s character in the film is named "Rod Tidwell" and played for the Arizona Cardinals football team. Tidwell's name may be inspired by Bill Bidwell, the owner of the team for 45 years who oversaw the team's move from St. Louis to Arizona. He is thanked in the credits.
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Tom Cruise has said that his character was based in part on Sydney Falco from Sweet Smell of Success (1957) (played by Tony Curtis).
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Parker Posey was originally considered for the role of Dorothy Boyd.
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Tori Spelling auditioned for the role of Avery, but withdrew due to her commitment with the TV series Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990).
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Mira Sorvino auditioned for the role of Dorothy Boyd.
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Rick Reilly:  Sports writer holding a camera behind Jerry after Rod gets up after being "hurt".
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