Jerry Maguire


2h 18m 1996

Brief Synopsis

A sports manager strikes out on his own after he loses his job.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Sports
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures
Location
Arizona, USA; New York City, New York, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 18m

Synopsis

Jerry Maguire is a man who knows the score. As a top agent at Sports Management International, Jerry is unquestionably master of his universe. Trouble is, Jerry's mind, mouth and soul are usually on automatic pilot. He's good at friendship, but (as his numerous ex-girlfriends testify) bad at intimacy. Still, there's absolutely nothing wrong with Jerry that a sudden dose of failure can't cure. A week after spontaneously writing a stirring, visionary mission statement for SMI entitled "The Things We Think And Do Not Say: The Future of Our Business," he's unceremoniously fired. Stripped of his job and a good measure of his identity, the tenacious but hanging-by-a-thread Jerry is forced to start from scratch. He's joined on his journey to redemption by two unlikely allies: Rod Tidwell, a second-tier wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals; and Dorothy Boyd, a wistful 26-year-old single mother who departs her accountancy position with SMI for a very uncertain future with her new boss.

Cast

Tom Cruise

Cuba Gooding

Renée Zellweger

Kelly Preston

Regina King

Bonnie Hunt

Jay Mohr

Jerry O'connell

Klair Bybee

Rebecca Rigg

Lisa Stahl

Stanley Sessoms

Lauren Parker

Shannon Thornton

Kelly Coffield Park

Lisa Amsterdam

Beaumont Bacon

Hynden Walch

Ingrid Beer

Jonathan Lipnicki

Lisa Ann Hadley

Amaryllis Borrego

Lyn Larsen

Performer

Heather Cheney

Susan Norfleet

Kymberly Kalil

Alice Marie Crowe

Drew Rosenhaus

Himself

Thomas J Reilly

Meg Irsay

Herself

Al Michaels

Himself

Leo Zick

Katarina Witt

Herself

Samantha Smith

Michael James Johnson

Rob Moore

Himself

Donal Logue

Luis Damian

Russel Lunday

Charlie Cronin

Jim Moffatt

Evelyn Fontes

Herself

Jerry Ziesmer

Christine Cavanaugh

Benjamin Kimball Smith

Aries Spears

Ivana Marina

Frank Gifford

Himself

Kerry Collins

Himself

Alison Armitage

Troy Aikman

Himself

Lightfield Lewis

Kirsten Krueger

Johnnie Morton

Himself

Emily Procter

Jann Wenner

Dean Biasucci

Himself

Tim Mcdonald

Himself

Jim Irsay

Himself

Stacey Williams

Leslie Upson

Greg Wilkinson

Lead Person

Golde Starger

Susan Pingleton

Winnie Holzman

Glenn Frey

Andrea Ferrell

Cha-cha Sandoval

Mike White

Himself

Angela Goethals

Roy Firestone

Himself

Dallas Malloy

Herself

Alberto Alfavo

Rod Tate

Lucy Liu

Jared Jussim

Drew Bledsoe

Himself

Dennis Fitzgerald

Nada Despotovich

Wayne Fontes

Himself

Todd Louiso

Justina Vail

Alexandra Wentworth

Rick Johnson

Mark Pellington

Diana Jordan

Dan Dierdorf

Himself

Mike Tirico

Himself

Stephanie Furst

Reagan Gomez-preston

Juan Arnoldo Morales

Jerry Cantrell

Mel Kiper

Himself

Brent Barry

Erica Sorgi

Herself

David Ursin

Jordan Ross

Tom Friend

Himself

Gale Hilman

Danny Rimmer

Drake Bell

Toby Huss

Warren Moon

Himself

Rick Mirer

Himself

Art Monk

Himself

Theo Greenly

Richie Kotite

Himself

Larina Adamson

Herman Moore

Himself

Eric Stoltz

Jeremy Suarez

Jesus Alberto Guzman

Brandon Christianson

Tom Gallop

Anthony Natale

Lisa Rotondi

Ki-jana Carter

Himself

Jeffrey Lurie

Himself

Crew

Paula Abdal

Special Thanks To

John Adams

Adr Editor

Troy Aikman

Other

Petra Alexandria

Assistant

Herb Alpert

Song Performer

Steve Andrich

Camera Operator

Carrie Angland

Makeup Artist

Linda Arnold

Hair

Rod Basham

Editor

Robert Batha

Assistant Sound Editor

Frawley Becker

Location Manager

Walter Becker

Song

Richard A Benoit

Effects Coordinator

Renaldo Benson

Song

Dean Biasucci

Other

Bill Bidwell

Special Thanks To

Cynthia Black

Costumes

Steve Blalock

Stunts

Drew Bledsoe

Other

Joanie Blum

Script Supervisor

Charles Fred Bobbit

Song

Barbara Boguski

Adr Editor

Danny Bramson

Music Supervisor

Stacye Branche

Makeup

Beau Bridges

Other

James L. Brooks

Producer

James Brown

Song

Harold Budd

Song Performer

Harold Budd

Song

Michele Burke

Makeup Supervisor

Keith Campbell

Stunts

Casey Cannon

Video

Paul Carden

Dialogue Editor

Ki-jana Carter

Other

Richard Chung

Production Assistant

Alfred Cleveland

Song

Kurt Cobain

Song

Chuck Cohen

Director Of Photography

Chuck Cohen

Other

Kerry Collins

Other

Richard H Conkling

Assistant Editor

Andrew Cooper

Photography

Don Coufal

Boom Operator

Cameron Crowe

Screenplay

Cameron Crowe

Producer

George Davis

Other

Warren Defever

Song

Bryan Denegal

Assistant Director

David Devlin

Lighting Technician

Dan Dierdorf

Other

Dino Dimuro

Foley Editor

Michael Doven

Assistant

Mitch Dubin

Camera Operator

Susan Dukow

Production Coordinator

Bob Dylan

Song Performer

Bob Dylan

Song

Eva Eastman

Casting Associate

Todd Egan

Assistant Sound Editor

Kevin Erb

Best Boy

Gloria Estefan

Song

Chris Ethrige

Song

Roy Firestone

Other

Denise Fischer

Makeup

Evelyn Fontes

Other

Wayne Fontes

Other

Harold Fowler

Other

Tom Friend

Other

Gil Gagnon

Production Manager

Marvin Gaye

Song

Tom George

Consultant

Christopher T Gerrity

Assistant Director

Frank Gifford

Other

Hector Gika

Sound Effects Editor

Dennis Gilbert

Special Thanks To

Charley H Gilleran

Key Rigging Grip

Gilbert Gonzales

Visual Effects

Tom Gorai

Consultant

Mark S Gordon

Foley Editor

Allan Graf

Stunt Coordinator

Allan Graf

Unit Director

Peter Green

Song

Clay A. Griffith

Set Decorator

Paul Haines

Special Effects Coordinator

Edward T. Hanley

Costumes

Clayton R. Hartley

Art Director

Jennifer Hatton

Apprentice

Betsy Heimann

Costume Designer

D. M. Hemphill

Rerecording

Amy Herman

Unit Production Manager

Mildred Hill

Song

Patty Hill

Song

Chris Hogan

Dialogue Editor

James Michael Hold

Stunts

Robyn B Holmes

On-Set Dresser

Bart Hubenthal

On-Set Dresser

Joe Hutshing

Editor

Jim Irsay

Other

Meg Irsay

Other

John Jackson

Stunts

John Jackson

Stunts

Zac Jackson

Production Assistant

Craig Jaeger

Foley Editor

Mick Jagger

Song

Chris Jargo

Adr Editor

Brian Johnson

Song

John Johnson

Visual Effects

Doug Jones

Accounting Assistant

Jerry Jones

Special Thanks To

Rickie Lee Jones

Song

Rickie Lee Jones

Song Performer

Carlton Kaller

Music Editor

Katherine Kallis

Location Manager

Janusz Kaminski

Director Of Photography

Janusz Kaminski

Other

Maria Kavanaugh

Assistant

Michael Kehoe

Craft Service

Randy Kelley

Sound Effects Editor

Tim Ketzer

3-D Animator

Mel Kiper

Other

Rick Kline

Rerecording

Horace Knight

Stunts

Billy Koch

Other

Joyce Kogut

Costumes

Richie Kotite

Other

Brad Kuehn

Visual Effects Supervisor

James R Kwiatkowski

Key Grip

Sol Lake

Song

Tony Lamberti

Sound Effects Editor

James Lapidus

Costume Supervisor

Dwight Lavers

Dolly Grip

Peter J Lehman

Song

Gail Levin

Casting

Stephen J Lineweaver

Production Designer

Ariana Lingenfelser

Visual Effects

Stephanie Lowry

Music

Brian R Lukas

Rigging Gaffer

Jeffrey Lurie

Special Thanks To

Jeffrey Lurie

Other

Jeff Lynne

Song Performer

Dallas Malloy

Other

Aimee Mann

Song Performer

Aimee Mann

Song

Laurence Mark

Producer

Donald Marks

Camera Operator

Scott M. Martin

Assistant

John Maskovich

On-Set Dresser

Paul Massey

Rerecording

Linda Matthews

Costume Supervisor

Meg Matthews

Costumes

John H. Maxwell

On-Set Dresser

Paul Mccartney

Song Performer

Paul Mccartney

Song

Tim Mcdonald

Other

Stan Mckenny

Song

Cedric Meeks

Song

Steven Meizler

Assistant Camera Operator

Mike Mendel

Associate Producer

Al Michaels

Other

Wendy Mickell

Assistant Art Director

Charles Mingus

Song

Charles Mingus

Song Performer

Rick Mirer

Other

Art Monk

Other

Warren Moon

Other

Jeff Moorad

Consultant

Herman Moore

Other

Rob Moore

Special Thanks To

Rob Moore

Other

David Moritz

Editor

Philip D. Morrill

Assistant Sound Editor

Johnnie Morton

Other

Gary Mundheim

Dialogue Editor

Brendan Murphy

Production Assistant

Jill Musser

Dga Trainee

Felicia Nalivansky

Assistant

Chris Palzis

Production Assistant

Hope M. Parrish

Property Master

William D Parrish

Assistant Property Master

Gram Parsons

Song Performer

Gram Parsons

Song

Andy Partridge

Song

Andy Partridge

Song Performer

Mark Pellington

Consultant

Michael Penn

Song

Linda Peterson Warren

Special Thanks To

Tom Petty

Song

Joseph K Phillips

Song

Patrick Pitts

Song

Jennifer L Pray

On-Set Dresser

Elvis Presley

Song

Bruce S Pustin

Coproducer

Virginia Randolph-weaver

Art Director

Tory Reed

Production Assistant

Garet Reilly

Costumes

Vincent Reilly

Music

Mike Revell

Production Accountant

John Rice

Assistant Sound Editor

Dan Rich

Dialogue Editor

Keith Richard

Song

Larry J Richardson

Best Boy

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Sports
Romantic Comedy
Release Date
1996
Distribution Company
TriStar Pictures
Location
Arizona, USA; New York City, New York, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 18m

Award Wins

Best Supporting Actor

1997
Cuba Gooding

Award Nominations

Best Actor

1997
Tom Cruise

Best Film Editing

1997
Joe Hutshing

Best Picture

1997
James L. Brooks

Best Picture

1997
Cameron Crowe

Best Picture

1997
Laurence Mark

Best Picture

1997
Richard Sakai

Best Writing, Screenplay

1997
Cameron Crowe

Articles

Jerry Maguire


Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a highly successful but superficial sports agent who suddenly develops a conscience. One night he writes a desperate memo - a "mission statement" - to make amends for careless behavior. His call for fewer clients and more personal attention to each client receives hypocritical applause from his peers - and ultimately costs him his job and all his clients save two, Frank Cushman and Rod Tidwell. Cushman, a hotshot quarterback and top draft pick, double-crosses him on the eve of the NFL draft. Tidwell, a wide receiver on the last year of his NFL contract decides to stay with Jerry to renegotiate his contract into the eight-figures he feels he deserves. (Cuba Gooding, Jr., who will now be forever remembered for coining the phrase, "Show me the money!" stars as Tidwell).

When leaving his sport management firm, Jerry implores others to join him in starting their own firm. Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger), a quiet accountant enamored with Jerry, follows him. Eventually she falls in love with and marries him, but soon learns that Jerry is "good at friendship, bad at intimacy."

Jerry Maguire (1996) added yet another box-office smash to Tom Cruise's roster. Coming off a string of hits in the early to mid-90s -- including A Few Good Men (1992), The Firm (1993) and the much anticipated Mission Impossible (1996) - Cruise was box-office gold. Just by signing him to play the title character, Jerry Maguire's respectful Hollywood budget of thirty-five million soared to over fifty.

Cameron Crowe spent four years writing and researching this film, surprising even himself that he was writing a story about a sports agent. In the film's production notes on http://www.cameroncroweonline.com, Crowe explains, "I wasn't a jock growing up, but I thought the world of sports agents was something that hadn't been written about at the time, and where can you get more of a highly concentrated pursuit of pure money? I wondered, what if love and honor attempted to flourish in that world? And so I embarked on a wild little journey of research, going around and talking to a lot of sports agents and athletes. Basically, I just clanged around the NFL for a few years and picked up conversations, went to people's homes and saw what their world was like. It was fun, and a lot of it shows up in the movie."

During his interviews for the film, Crowe came across one NFL player who inspired the character of Rod Tidwell. The pro player told him, "I've gotten my butt kicked for five years. My contract is finally up. And I've told my agent one thing: Show Me The Money.'" This sent a chill through Crowe. "I just knew that this was such a defining thing for him," he explains. "I couldn't get the line out of my head. But then I spent more time with this guy, and found out that he wasn't greedy at all. He just had a few years left where he could get paid for what he does, and he had a family to support. And to me, that's a hero, a guy who is on the surface in the pursuit of cash, but in fact what is greed if greed is paying for the people you love and allowing them to survive? The character of Rod Tidwell came from that one sentence--Show Me The Money--and it's a big part of the movie."

Crowe's extensive research flushed out a 27 page Mission Statement actually authored by Crowe and not just a dummy prop for the film. According to Cruise in the film's production notes, "It really contains the essentials of what Jerry Maguire believes are right and wrong, and how society and life can just chip away at you. You start out in one direction. Then it's a very subtle thing that happens in your life. You compromise yourself once, and then it becomes easier to compromise yourself a second time. And then, before you know it, you do it without even thinking. Jerry writes the Mission Statement in a moment of realization, and spends the rest of the movie struggling to survive as a result."

Fully putting the Mission Statement in writing followed Crowe's usual creative method. "All of my scripts began as short stories. That just helps me know that it came from a world in which everything's fleshed out, where you know who lives across the street from the characters, and details like that. But I just thought, here I am asking all these actors to deal with a story centered around this Mission Statement. So I just stepped up and wrote it one night, fueled by a lot of coffee, and finished at about four in the morning. It's about dreams, nightmares, old jobs, old girlfriends, your hopes for yourself, hopes for your loved ones. It's just all the things that you maybe think randomly without putting down on paper. Jerry decided to put it on paper, and he ultimately suffers for it."

Tom Cruise had a different method in bringing Jerry Maguire to life. According to the memoirs of Jerry Ziesmer, the first assistant director on the film, entitled Mr. Coppola, Mr. Spielberg, Mr. Crowe, Cruise would ask for a warning before shooting a scene. When the cast and crew were ready, Ziesmer would nod to Cruise that everyone was ready when he was. Cruise would then take a jump rope and start jumping. Ziesmer would watch his face and when he looked like he was ready, Ziesmer would yell, "Roll it!" Cruise would throw down the rope and walk onto the set. Crowe would then shout, "Action!"

Their approaches definitely seem to have worked. Jerry Maguire earned a Best Picture, Best Editing, and Best Original Screenplay Academy nomination. Tom Cruise also earned a Best Actor nod, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. brought home the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor. The film also grossed $154 at the box-office, putting it among the top grossing films of 1996.

In addition to stellar performances by Cruise, Zellweger and Gooding, Jonathan Lipnicki also stands out as Dorothy's son, Ray, who bonds with Jerry in the course of the film. Rounding out the distinctive supporting cast is Kelly Preston as Jerry's flamboyant girlfriend, Bonnie Hunt as Dorothy's cynical sister, and Regina King as Rob's shrewd wife.

Producer: James L. Brooks, Cameron Crowe, Laurence Mark, J. Michael Mendel, Bruce S. Pustin, Richard Sakai, John D. Schofield, Lisa Stewart
Director: Cameron Crowe
Screenplay: Cameron Crowe
Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski
Film Editing: Joe Hutshing, David Moritz
Art Direction: Clayton R. Hartley, Virginia Randolph
Music: Aimee Mann, Nancy Wilson, Kurt Cobain
Cast: Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire), Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Rod Tidwell), Renee Zellweger (Dorothy Boyd), Kelly Preston (Avery Bishop), Jay Mohr (Bob Sugar), Jerry O'Connell (Frank Cushman).
C-139m. Letterboxed.

by E. Lacey Rice
Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire

Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a highly successful but superficial sports agent who suddenly develops a conscience. One night he writes a desperate memo - a "mission statement" - to make amends for careless behavior. His call for fewer clients and more personal attention to each client receives hypocritical applause from his peers - and ultimately costs him his job and all his clients save two, Frank Cushman and Rod Tidwell. Cushman, a hotshot quarterback and top draft pick, double-crosses him on the eve of the NFL draft. Tidwell, a wide receiver on the last year of his NFL contract decides to stay with Jerry to renegotiate his contract into the eight-figures he feels he deserves. (Cuba Gooding, Jr., who will now be forever remembered for coining the phrase, "Show me the money!" stars as Tidwell). When leaving his sport management firm, Jerry implores others to join him in starting their own firm. Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger), a quiet accountant enamored with Jerry, follows him. Eventually she falls in love with and marries him, but soon learns that Jerry is "good at friendship, bad at intimacy." Jerry Maguire (1996) added yet another box-office smash to Tom Cruise's roster. Coming off a string of hits in the early to mid-90s -- including A Few Good Men (1992), The Firm (1993) and the much anticipated Mission Impossible (1996) - Cruise was box-office gold. Just by signing him to play the title character, Jerry Maguire's respectful Hollywood budget of thirty-five million soared to over fifty. Cameron Crowe spent four years writing and researching this film, surprising even himself that he was writing a story about a sports agent. In the film's production notes on http://www.cameroncroweonline.com, Crowe explains, "I wasn't a jock growing up, but I thought the world of sports agents was something that hadn't been written about at the time, and where can you get more of a highly concentrated pursuit of pure money? I wondered, what if love and honor attempted to flourish in that world? And so I embarked on a wild little journey of research, going around and talking to a lot of sports agents and athletes. Basically, I just clanged around the NFL for a few years and picked up conversations, went to people's homes and saw what their world was like. It was fun, and a lot of it shows up in the movie." During his interviews for the film, Crowe came across one NFL player who inspired the character of Rod Tidwell. The pro player told him, "I've gotten my butt kicked for five years. My contract is finally up. And I've told my agent one thing: Show Me The Money.'" This sent a chill through Crowe. "I just knew that this was such a defining thing for him," he explains. "I couldn't get the line out of my head. But then I spent more time with this guy, and found out that he wasn't greedy at all. He just had a few years left where he could get paid for what he does, and he had a family to support. And to me, that's a hero, a guy who is on the surface in the pursuit of cash, but in fact what is greed if greed is paying for the people you love and allowing them to survive? The character of Rod Tidwell came from that one sentence--Show Me The Money--and it's a big part of the movie." Crowe's extensive research flushed out a 27 page Mission Statement actually authored by Crowe and not just a dummy prop for the film. According to Cruise in the film's production notes, "It really contains the essentials of what Jerry Maguire believes are right and wrong, and how society and life can just chip away at you. You start out in one direction. Then it's a very subtle thing that happens in your life. You compromise yourself once, and then it becomes easier to compromise yourself a second time. And then, before you know it, you do it without even thinking. Jerry writes the Mission Statement in a moment of realization, and spends the rest of the movie struggling to survive as a result." Fully putting the Mission Statement in writing followed Crowe's usual creative method. "All of my scripts began as short stories. That just helps me know that it came from a world in which everything's fleshed out, where you know who lives across the street from the characters, and details like that. But I just thought, here I am asking all these actors to deal with a story centered around this Mission Statement. So I just stepped up and wrote it one night, fueled by a lot of coffee, and finished at about four in the morning. It's about dreams, nightmares, old jobs, old girlfriends, your hopes for yourself, hopes for your loved ones. It's just all the things that you maybe think randomly without putting down on paper. Jerry decided to put it on paper, and he ultimately suffers for it." Tom Cruise had a different method in bringing Jerry Maguire to life. According to the memoirs of Jerry Ziesmer, the first assistant director on the film, entitled Mr. Coppola, Mr. Spielberg, Mr. Crowe, Cruise would ask for a warning before shooting a scene. When the cast and crew were ready, Ziesmer would nod to Cruise that everyone was ready when he was. Cruise would then take a jump rope and start jumping. Ziesmer would watch his face and when he looked like he was ready, Ziesmer would yell, "Roll it!" Cruise would throw down the rope and walk onto the set. Crowe would then shout, "Action!" Their approaches definitely seem to have worked. Jerry Maguire earned a Best Picture, Best Editing, and Best Original Screenplay Academy nomination. Tom Cruise also earned a Best Actor nod, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. brought home the Oscar® for Best Supporting Actor. The film also grossed $154 at the box-office, putting it among the top grossing films of 1996. In addition to stellar performances by Cruise, Zellweger and Gooding, Jonathan Lipnicki also stands out as Dorothy's son, Ray, who bonds with Jerry in the course of the film. Rounding out the distinctive supporting cast is Kelly Preston as Jerry's flamboyant girlfriend, Bonnie Hunt as Dorothy's cynical sister, and Regina King as Rob's shrewd wife. Producer: James L. Brooks, Cameron Crowe, Laurence Mark, J. Michael Mendel, Bruce S. Pustin, Richard Sakai, John D. Schofield, Lisa Stewart Director: Cameron Crowe Screenplay: Cameron Crowe Cinematography: Janusz Kaminski Film Editing: Joe Hutshing, David Moritz Art Direction: Clayton R. Hartley, Virginia Randolph Music: Aimee Mann, Nancy Wilson, Kurt Cobain Cast: Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire), Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Rod Tidwell), Renee Zellweger (Dorothy Boyd), Kelly Preston (Avery Bishop), Jay Mohr (Bob Sugar), Jerry O'Connell (Frank Cushman). C-139m. Letterboxed. by E. Lacey Rice

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Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Actor (Tom Cruise) from the National Board of Review.

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Supporting Actor (Cuba Gooding Jr.) from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. In addition, Renee Zellweger and Jonathan Lipnicki were cited, respectively, for Breakout Artist and Child Performance.

Winner of the 1996 award for Best Supporting Actor (Cuba Gooding Jr.) from the Chicago Film Critics Assocation.

Winner of two 1996 Golden Satellite Awards, including Best Actor (Tom Cruise), and Best Supporting Actor (Cuba Gooding Jr.) in a comedy or musical by the International Press Academy.

Released in United States Winter December 13, 1996

Released in United States on Video May 29, 1997

Tom Cruise reportedly received $20 million for this film.

Actress Renee Zellweger received the 1996 award for Best Breakthrough Performer from the National Board of Review for her performances in "Jerry Maguire" (USA/1996) and "The Whole Wide World" (USA/1996).

Tom Cruise reportedly received $20 million for this film.

Completed shooting July 5, 1996.

Began shooting March 11, 1996.

Released in United States Winter December 13, 1996

Released in United States on Video May 29, 1997 (sell-through)

Cuba Gooding, Jr. will receive ShowWest's first Supporting Actor Award at the 1997 ShowWest Awards. Gooding was the ShowWest newcomer of the year in 1992.