Jerry Maguire

Which 1996 movie popularized the phrase, "Show me the money?"

And the answer: Jerry Maguire.    

Photo credit: IMDB. 

Starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renée Zellweger, Jerry Maguire tells the story of an arrogant sports agent who is fired and starts his own firm. The movie is also famous for the line, "You had me at 'hello.'"

Jerry Maguire isn't only a classic, it's also the fifth highest-grossing romantic drama of all time! Some twenty-five years after its release, fans still reference Cruise and Gooding Jr.'s iconic moments, from the locker room scene to "Show me the money." Jerry Maguire launched Renee Zellweger’s career, netted Tom Cruise his second Oscar nomination (the first being Born on the Fourth of July), made us love Cuba Gooding, Jr. enough to put up with Snow Dogs and Boat Trip and still easily stands as the most financially successful film of director-writer Cameron Crowe’s career. However, did you know that Cruise's part was originally written for Tom Hanks? Director Cameron Crowe took so long writing the script that by the time the film was ready for casting, Hanks was 40, and had two Academy Awards under his belt. Instead, Crowe went with star Tom Cruise.

Interestingly, while most of us remember the film for its now-iconic lines, Zellweger couldn’t quite figure out “You had me at hello.” According to her:

“When I read it, I didn’t get it—I thought it was a typo somehow. I kept looking at it. It was the one thing in the script that I was looking at going, ‘Is that right? Can that be right? How is that right?’ I thought, ‘Is there a better way to say that? Am I not getting it?’ I just don’t know how to do it.”

Thank goodness she got it down. Watch the trailer for Jerry Maguire below.

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