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Jerry Maguire (1996)
Jerry Maguire is a 1996 American romantic comedy-drama film starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding, Jr and Renée Zellweger. It was written, co-produced, and directed by Cameron Crowe. The film released in North American theaters on December 13, 1996, distributed by Gracie Films and TriStar Pictures. The film received mostly positive reviews and, on a $50 million budget, was a financial success, bringing in more than $270 million worldwide. Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a glossy 35-year-old sports agent working for Sports Management International (SMI). After suffering a nervous breakdown as a result of stress and a guilty conscience, he writes a mission statement about perceived dishonesty in the sports management business and how he believes that it should be operated. He distributes copies of it, entitled "The Things We Think and Do Not Say: The Future of Our Business". His co-workers are touched by his honesty and greet him with applause, but the management sends Bob Sugar (Jay Mohr), Maguire's protégé, to fire him. Jerry and Sugar call all of Jerry's clients to try to convince them not to hire the services of the other.
A sports agent betrayed by his own kind, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) represents the classic tragic hero, one who must be obliterated before he can be saved. He operates in a high-pressure atmosphere of sports management and representation that few of us could imagine, let alone comprehend. Once he decides to strike out on his own, trying to stick to a set of idealistic principles, we genuinely wonder whether he will succeed.
The film was written and directed by the legendary Cameron Crowe, and his now-trademark style of popular filmmaking is on fine display here. Pop culture references abound -- often in the form of pro sport cameos -- and Crowe's wife, Nancy Wilson, has fashioned a memorable (though not overbearing) soundtrack. Cruise and love interest Renee Zellweger display tangible chemistry.
And let's not forge the memorable dialogue. It's amazing how many catchphrases this movie spawned, from "Show me the money" to "You complete me" to "You had me at hello." There's a reason why these expressions eventually became so popular: Taken in the context of Maguire's scenes, they work very well.
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