Jerry Maguire

  • Directors: Cameron Crowe
  • Producers: James L Brooks, Cameron Crowe, Laurence Mark, Richard Sakai
  • Writers: Cameron Crowe
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr, Jonathan Lipnicki, Bonnie Hunt, Regina King, Kelly Preston, Jay Mohr, Jerry O Connell

Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) is a 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 goes to a copy shop early the next morning and distributes copies of it, entitled “The Things We Think and Do Not Say: The Future of Our Business” to all of his fellow employees. His co-workers are touched by his honesty and greet him with applause the next business day, but the company’s management orders Maguire fired for his actions.

The management sends Bob Sugar (Jay Mohr), Maguire’s protégé, to fire Maguire. Jerry and Bob then proceed to call all of Jerry’s clients to try to convince them to not hire the services of the other. Jerry gets through to Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.), one of his clients who is disgruntled by his contract that he believes to be far inferior than that of his teammates. Tidwell tests Jerry’s resolve through a very long telephone conversation, which culminates in the famed “Show Me the Money!” telephone yelling match between Rod and Jerry. Meanwhile, Bob Sugar secures most of Jerry’s previous clients as his own. Frank Cushman, a superstar football prospect expected to be drafted #1 in the NFL Draft, also ends up staying on with Jerry after he makes a visit to Cushman’s home. Leaving the office, Jerry announces he will start his own sports management agency and asks if anyone is willing to join him to which only 26-year-old single mother Dorothy Boyd (Renée Zellweger) agrees. Boyd had previously bumped into Maguire in the airport and told him personally how inspiring she found his “memo.”

Rod Tidwell later appears on a sports show for an interview. Unbeknownst to him, Jerry has secured him an $11.2 million contract with the Cardinals that will allow him to finish his pro football career in Arizona. The visibly emotional Tidwell proceeds to thank everyone who helped accomplish this success and extends warm gratitude to Jerry for his help. Jerry, who is also on the set of the show, speaks with several other pro athletes, some of whom have read his earlier mission statement and express their positive opinion of it as well as respect for the work he had done with Tidwell. The film ends with Jerry, Dorothy and Ray walking in the park and stumbling across a Little League baseball game. When the ball lands near them, Ray picks it up and throws it back onto the field; a surprised Jerry then comments on his natural throwing ability, much to Dorothy’s dismay.

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