EARTH FROM SPACE
The blue marble as seen from space. We hear the calm voice
of Jerry Maguire, talking just to us.
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
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
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.
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.
Seattle, Washington. Dallas
Malloy. Went to court to be
allowed to box professionally.
ON A YOUNG BASEBALL PLAYER
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.
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.
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.
... some don't.
Hold on the kid, he's all youthful adrenalin, breathing hard.
Portrait of an intense young competitor.
SMASH CUT TO:
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."
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
Easy now, we can spread these
numbers over five years...
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.
That's me on the left.
ON ANONYMOUS NEWPORT BEACH BUILDING
Inside that building, that's where
I work. Sports Management
INT. SMI CONFERENCE ROOM -- DAY
The SMI agents are a fierce, happy bunch. They sit in a
carefully appointed conference room.
Sports photos and posters are framed on the walls. The signs
of global marketing are omnipresent. Each agent has a silver
tray containing soft drinks and a glass pitcher of water.
Through the glass window, we see a large office divided up
into many cubicles.