Tom Cruise’s Oscar-nominated performance in Jerry Maguire caught the eye of editors at the Spliced Movie Blog, who rank the speeches from the romantic dramedy among the best of all time! Take a look below at the first speech that marks this quotable masterpiece from writer-director Cameron Crowe – the infamous exit speech:
Call it guts. Call it intestinal fortitude. Call it crazy. It’s the kind of speech nearly everyone who’s ever been “let go” from a company dreams of making. Watching Jerry march out of the (momentarily) stunned office with a mousy Renée Zellweger, you can’t help but root for him to take down his former sports agency one client at a time. His plan of attack may be murky, but there’s no one in the audience doubting his sincerity. While we would have liked to see half the staff walk out with him, the implied long odds makes any triumph that much sweeter.
The editors at Spliced also rightly point out several quotes from the movie transforming it into a wider cultural icon. Favorites like “Show me the money!” have become part of the popular lexicon. Even casual movie fans who haven’t seen Jerry Maguire are familiar with the now oft-used catchphrase. The other infamous quote from the film comes from the following speech, seen in the video clip below:
The now famous quote, “You had me at hello,” was given the honor of making the vaunted American Film Institute’s List of Top 100 Movie Quotes. It also went a long way in making the tearfully unforgettable Zellweger a star and left millions of romance fans choked with emotion. The team at TomCruise.com is filled with softies at heart, including one of our own who loved this movie so much she’s seen it over 100 times.
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