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The Jerk (1979)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  14 December 1979 (USA)
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An idiotic man struggles to make it through life on his own in St. Louis.

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Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family but on his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis. There everyone exploits his naivety, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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From rags to riches... to rags. See more »

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Easy Money  »

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First of two "Jerk" movies. The second film, The Jerk, Too (1984), was made and released about five years later, and was made for television, considered perhaps to be a pilot for a TV series. Steve Martin did not reprise his role as Navin Johnson in the picture, it being instead being played by Mark Blankfield, though Martin was credited for characters and did act as an executive producer on it. The title of The Jerk, Too (1984), like Splash, Too (1988), played on sequel conventions naming by playing on the word "Two" (meaning Part II) with the word "Too". See more »

Goofs

When Navin is chasing Billy on the train, Navin's voice is not synchronized with the audio. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Navin R. Johnson: Huh? I am *not* a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi...
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Pig Eye Jackson - Cat Juggler (Steve Martin) See more »


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You Belong To Me
Sung by Bernadette Peters and Steve Martin
Music by 'Lee David'
Lyric by Billy Rose
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Lord loves a workin' man; don't trust whitey; see a doctor and get rid of it.
10 June 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Why is the rating for "The Jerk" so low? Every comment said that this movie was hilarious! Hey, anyone out there who gave "The Jerk" a low rating, come write a comment! I don't even know what's not to like about this movie. The script is extremely funny. The naive, ambitious Navin Johnson is the role that Steve Martin was born to play. This is one of the funniest movies ever (any fans of my comments know that I say that often, but I really mean it!).

P.S. If you're a worried parent wondering if this movie is okay for your child to see, let him / her see it. It's actually pretty tame. I couldn't tell what made it an R-rated movie.


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