Jerry MaguireDecember 13, 1996
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.
Release Year: 1996
Rating: 7.2/10 (101,623 voted)
Critic's Score: 77/100
Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger
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.
Cuba Gooding Jr.
(as Renee Zellweger)
Chad the Nanny
Benjamin Kimball Smith
Show me the money!
Release Date: 13 December 1996
Filming Locations: 527 23rd St, Manhattan Beach, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $17,084,296
(15 December 1996)
(6 July 1997)
Did You Know?
Ranked #10 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Sports" in June 2008.
When Jerry arrives at the Cushman house, he's driving a Dodge Intrepid. When he leaves, he's driving a Pontiac Grand Prix.
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.
At the risk of my own cynical reputation…
It's all well and good to stroll through life with a healthy air of
scepticism, but despite some peoples' views on these supposedly
'manipulative' romantic films, there are an elite few that really do have
things to say based on something more noble than ticket sales – things
are actually worth listening to.
Jerry Maguire is one of these rare beasts. No, it's not perfect, and no,
doesn't ring true for every last second of its running time, but if you
away from it with a sneer rather than a genuine desire to take a step back
and look at yourself, then there's no romance in your soul at all. It's a
genre that's always been particularly susceptible to the flood of
money-spinners, so to come across something that's had so much visible
thought and effort thrown into it from all corners is a revelation. I'm
naive enough to think that anything making it big in the film industry
days can be purely a labour of love, but Jerry Maguire at least comes
It's refreshing to see Tom Cruise demonstrate that, against all odds, he
act his heart out when given the right role, as can Cuba Gooding Jr.
(neither of them better previously or since) – and the rest of the cast
it every bit as much passion. It's beautifully written, and shot with an
easy style that makes me wish there were more directors like Cameron Crowe
in this world.
And on top of that, it gets better with each viewing. Even the soundtrack
feels as if weeks have been spent fine-tuning it to perfection, and I'm no
fan of Springsteen or Tom Petty. Deride it if you like, I'm not saying
Jerry Maguire's totally free of sentiment… I'm just suggesting that it's
not necessarily a bad thing to have your heartstrings tugged and your
self-awareness questioned once in a while.