When the romantic comedy Jerry Maguire hit theaters Dec. 13, 1996, it featured a career-altering performance by superstar Tom Cruise and also the breakthroughs of Cuba Gooding Jr. And also Renée Zellweger.

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The stars fan big-time gratitude come writer/director Cameron Crowe, who penned the screenplay that continues come pay far-reaching pop-culture dividends two decades later v lines such together Gooding"s famed "Show me the money!"


"The notion that the phrases and also utterances indigenous this movie quiet resonate after ~ entering the famous vernacular 20 years back is quite astonishing. It just shows the very smart writing," says film chronicler Leonard Maltin, who writes around movies at LeonardMaltin.com. "Jerry Maguire captured something in the zeitgeist that has lasted."

Crowe admits things gained really interesting when both George W. Bush and Barack Obama referenced the film.

"The 2nd time a U.S. President quoted Jerry Maguire, my mom ultimately gave increase on me being a lawyer," says Crowe.

A closer look at the three best lines native the movie (an anniversary Blu-ray arrives Jan. 3):


"You had actually me in ~ hello": Zellweger had showed up in 1994"s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The following Generation before starring as idealistic solitary mom Dorothy Boyd, who quits her task in solidarity v Maguire and also eventually drops for him. The film shot Zellweger to stardom, through ammunition provided by the climactic step in which Maguire tries come woo Boyd earlier after ending their relationship. She stops his ardent speech v "You had me in ~ hello."

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"Renee Zellweger was a new face, and the poignancy through which she delivered that line really made it stand out," states Maltin.

It ranking No. 52 amongst AFI"s peak 100 lines.

 Cruise to be a an international star known for brash roles such as Maverick in Top Gun and also Charlie Babbitt in Rain guy when he signed to Crowe"s film. His humbled sporting activities agent was able to open his love to Dorothy v the romantic line.

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"With a line like that in that role, I would certainly say Jerry Maguire cemented Tom Cruise, currently a massive star, as a multi-decade exhilaration powerhouse," says Karger. "This was a an extremely important movie for him and also that to be a vital line."

"You finish me" spawned everything from T-shirts to movie tributes — consisting of Heath Ledger"s Joker repeating that to Batman in 2008"s The Dark Knight and Mike Myers" Dr. Angry uttering it to Mini-Me in 1999"s Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me​.