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The Jerk (1979) Poster

(1979)

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Followed by 

The Jerk, Too (1984) (TV Movie)

References 

The Great McGinty (1940)
Numerous references, including the opening where the story is begun by the man who lost great wealth and power, though he started out with nothing. A character is also named "Iron Balls" McGinty to make the reference clear

Referenced in 

Saturday Night Live: Martin Sheen/David Bowie (1979) (TV Episode)
'Reviewed' by Bill Murray on Weekend Update
Charlie's Angels: Harrigan's Angel (1980) (TV Episode)
Poster visible on billboard
Lights, Camera, Annie! (1982) (TV Movie)
Mentioned in reference to Bernadette Peters' career.
At the Movies: The Man with Two Brains/Superman III/Trading Places/Psycho II (1983) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Roger Ebert in his review of "The Man with Two Brains" (1983).
ALF: The Boy Next Door (1988) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the Tanner's charades game.
Caddyshack II (1988)
There's Nothing Out There (1991)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mighty Jack (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow (as bullets are fired): "They hate these cans!"
Siskel & Ebert: L.A. Story/Sleeping with the Enemy/The Silence of the Lambs (1991) (TV Episode)
Roger Ebert compares Robin Williams's career to Steve Martin's and mentions this movie.
Saturday Night Live: Sharon Stone/Pearl Jam (1992) (TV Episode)
mentioned on Weekend Update
ReBoot: Talent Night (1995) (TV Episode)
The clown performing "Live Null Juggling" to Dot and Emma See's dismay is an allusion to 'Cat Juggling' scene.
Asylum: Episode #1.4 (1996) (TV Episode)
Adam guesses this in charades.
Freaks and Geeks: Smooching and Mooching (2000) (TV Episode)
Sam imitates and quotes Navin Johnson: "there's something wrong with these cans" and "he hates these cans." He also says it is "the perfect movie."
Freaks and Geeks: The Little Things (2000) (TV Episode)
Bill tells Sam that it is playing at the discount theater. ALso, Sam and Ken discuss how their girlfriends felt about the movie.
Joe Dirt (2001)
Gilmore Girls: Richard in Stars Hollow (2002) (TV Episode)
Lorelai suggests renting it.
Jersey Girl (2004)
Video case is shown in a video store.
Peep Show: Wedding (2004) (TV Episode)
The bit where Jeremy is starting his new job and gets excited about having his own desk and his own things is intended to be a homage to the scene where Navin gets excited about his new home in the storeroom of a gas station (confirmed in the DVD commentary).
Jeopardy!: Episode #22.9 (2005) (TV Episode)
correct response in "A Steve Martin Film Festival" category
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV Movie)
Makes the countdown, is talked about.
Saturday Night Live: Steve Martin/Prince (2006) (TV Episode)
Referenced in Hamas Celebration Party
Rhapsody (2006) (Short)
last shot is homage to The Jerk
House M.D.: The Jerk (2007) (TV Episode)
Episode title
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
A customer wants to rent it.
Californication: The Great Ashby (2008) (TV Episode)
"You were born a poor black child"
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
It is referenced.
Talkshow with Spike Feresten: Carl Reiner and Bo Burnham (2009) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Spike
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) (TV Special)
Referred to by Steve Martin
Our Idiot Brother (2011)
Referenced in a game of charades
Midnight Screenings: The Hangover, Part II/Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011) (TV Episode)
Brad compares Po's goose father to Steve Martin's black mother.
Bluegrass Diva (2011) (Short)
Steve Martin claims "The Jerk" was shot in one take
Conan: Die Hard 5: Let's Not Die Quite So Hard, I've Got Chronic Back Pain (2012) (TV Episode)
Title mentoined by Rebecca Romijn
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.132 (2012) (TV Episode)
Steve Martin displays a DVD of the film he starred in
Special Collector's Edition: Candy Candy (2013) (TV Episode)
blu-ray release
The Cinema Snob: Caddyshack II (2014) (TV Episode)
Jackie Mason's character in Caddyshack II has the same surname as his character in this movie
The Cinema Snob: Black Love (2014) (TV Episode)
"Who invited Steve Martin's mother from The Jerk?"
Flash Forward: Funny Like Me (TV Episode)
Tucker asks Roland if he plans to juggle cats for the talent show.

Featured in 

Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) (TV Movie)
Steve Martin's head spins around
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies (2000) (TV Special)
This film is #89 on the list.
Freaks and Geeks: The Little Things (2000) (TV Episode)
Sam and Cindy watch The Jerk at a movie theater
I Love the '70s: 1979 (2003) (TV Episode)
Footage from this film was edited into this mini-series
Learn How to Play 'Tonight You Belong to Me' (2005) (Video)
archive footage is shown
The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV Movie)
Clips are shown.
Best! Movies! Ever!: Airports (2007) (TV Episode)
a brief clip is shown
Whip It (2009)
They watch it in a movie theater
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: The Best of Science Fiction Movies (2010) (TV Episode)
Brett's Movie Gadgets segment
Brows Held High: Shortbus (2012) (TV Episode)
"I was born a poor black child."
Count It Down: Funniest Movies of All Time (2013) (TV Movie)
The Jerk (1979) is #16.

Spoofs 

Citizen Kane (1941)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
When Caddilac customer throws glasses, "Thus Spake Zarathustra" plays as The Jerk catches them
The Exorcist (1973)
The Jerk's head makes a twist like Linda Blair's character.
Taxi Driver (1976)

Spoofed in 

Bowfinger (1999)
The West Wing: Drought Conditions (2005) (TV Episode)
Latino presidential candidate Matt Santos quotes the white main character's opening line, "I was born a poor black child" (adding, "No, that's not it ...") jokingly to show annoyance that his white campaign manager has reminded him, "Don't forget where you come from."

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