CINEMA: ORDINARY SPORTS PEOPLE

MAGUIRE'S MOTTO: SPEAK SOFTLY BUT PACK A BIG STAR

It is among life's truly inviolable rules: never send any correspondence composed late at night, when your dander is up and your guard is down.

Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) knows that. He is a hot agent for Sports Management International--quick, glib and not given to deep thoughts. Still, one night at a corporate retreat, he drafts a manifesto--"The Things We Think and Do Not Say: The Future of Our Business"--distributes it to his colleagues, receives a round of hypocritical applause and then gets fired. Thus is Jerry Maguire the film set in motion. Maguire leaves S.M.I. with one client, an undervalued...

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