Jerry Maguire script
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Synopsis: When slick sports agent Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) has a crisis of conscience, he pens a heartfelt company-wide memo that promptly gets him fired. Desperate to hang on to the athletes that he represents, Jerry starts his own management firm, with only single mother Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) joining him in his new venture. Banking on their sole client, football player Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.), Jerry and Dorothy begin to fall in love as they struggle to make their business work.

EARTH FROM SPACE

The blue marble as seen from space. We hear the calm voice

of Jerry Maguire, talking just to us.

JERRY'S VOICE

Airight so this is the world and

there are five billion people on

it. When I was a kid there were

three. It's hard to keep up.

AMERICA FROM SPACE

The great continent through mist and swirling skies.

(Satellites and other pieces of skycasting equipment float

by.)

JERRY'S VOICE

That's better. That's america.

See, America still sets the tone

for the world...

KID ON BASKETBALL COURT

A puberty-ravaged kid dribbles a basketball, stares straight

at us.

JERRY'S VOICE

In Indiana -- Clark Hodd. 13.

The best point guard in the

country. Puberty hasn't been easy.

Discreetly, his hand slips into his pants and scratches.

Girl on a high dive she's poised. A faraway look in her eyes.

JERRY'S VOICE

(continuing)

Becky Farling. You'll see her in

the next Olympics.

She launches her dive into mid-air, into nothingness.

ON TEENAGE GIRL BOXER

throwing punches toward the camera.

_

2.

JERRY'S VOICE

Seattle, Washington. Dallas

Malloy. Went to court to be

allowed to box professionally.

She's 16.

ON A YOUNG BASEBALL PLAYER

at bat.

JERRY'S VOICE

Art Stallings, Indio, California.

Check out what pure joy looks like.

He swats a pitch -- not out of the park, it's much sweeter

than that. He drills it over the first baseman's head, just

out of reach of his glove. Art runs to first, laughing. Pats

the first baseman's butt. Gotcha.

ON GOLDEN BOY QUARTERBACK -- FRANK CUSHMAN

A line of NFL scouts watch a dazzling pass from a future star.

JERRY'S VOICE

In Odessa, Texas, the great Frank

Cushman. Cush is 20.

Quarterback, role model, my

client. He'll probably go number

one in the draft this year.

Cush turns into a closer shot. He's a living magazine cover.

A YOUNG CHAMPIONSHIP GOLFER

eyeing a long but level putt.

JERRY'S VOICE

There's genius everywhere, but

until they turn pro, it's like

popcorn in the pan. Some pop...

The kid misses the shot, whips his club at his coach.

JERRY'S VOICE

(continuing)

... some don't.

Hold on the kid, he's all youthful adrenalin, breathing hard.

Portrait of an intense young competitor.

SMASH CUT TO:

_

3.

INT. NFL OWNERS MEETING/PALM DESERT FOUR SEASONS -- DAY

A wall of new NFL merchandise. Television monitors blink

with the latest endorsement films. Into frame moves JERRY

MAGUIRE, 35. He walks briskly and smoothly, yellow legal

tablet in hand, at home in this lobby filled with Athletes

and Sports Team Owners. We hear Herb Alpert's epic

instrumental, "The Lonely Bull."

JERRY'S VOICE

Now I'm the guy you don't usually

see. I'm the one behind the

scenes. I'm the sports agent.

INT. NFL OWNER'S MEETING LOBBY -- MINUTES LATER

Jerry sits in a red leather chair, across from an agitated

General Manager. He cooly works out figures on a yellow

legal tablet.

JERRY:

Easy now, we can spread these

numbers over five years...

JERRY'S VOICE

You know those photos where the

new player holds up the team

jersey and poses with the owner?

Flash of photo

Anonymous Athlete holds up jersey, standing next to Team

Owner. Zoom in on someone's shirt-sleeve on left of frame.

JERRY'S VOICE

(continuing)

That's me on the left.

ON ANONYMOUS NEWPORT BEACH BUILDING

JERRY'S VOICE

Inside that building, that's where

I work. Sports Management

International.

INT. SMI CONFERENCE ROOM -- DAY

The SMI agents are a fierce, happy bunch. They sit in a

carefully appointed conference room.

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Cameron Bruce Crowe (born July 13, 1957) is an American actor, author, director, producer, screenwriter and journalist. Before moving into the film industry, Crowe was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone magazine, for which he still frequently writes. more…

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