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The Jerk (1979)

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A simple minded, sheltered country boy suddenly decides to leave his family home to experience life in the big city, where his naivety is both his best friend, and worst enemy.

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Carl Reiner

Writers:

Steve Martin (screenplay), Carl Gottlieb (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Martin ... Navin / Cat Juggler (as Pig Eye Jackson also)
Bernadette Peters ... Marie
Catlin Adams ... Patty Bernstein
Mabel King ... Mother
Richard Ward ... Father
Dick Anthony Williams ... Taj
Bill Macy ... Stan Fox
M. Emmet Walsh ... Madman
Dick O'Neill ... Frosty
Maurice Evans ... Hobart
Helena Carroll Helena Carroll ... Hester
Renn Woods ... Elvira (as Ren Wood)
Pepe Serna ... Punk #1
Sonny Terry Sonny Terry ... Blues Singer
Brownie McGhee Brownie McGhee ... Blues Singer (as Brownie McGee)
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Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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He was a poor black sharecropper's son who never dreamed he was adopted. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Easy Money See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,935,025, 16 December 1979

Gross USA:

$73,691,419

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,691,419
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Super 8-version in 2 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Martin wrote the part of Marie with Bernadette Peters in mind. See more »

Goofs

When the first oil can is punctured by the sniper, a tube can be clearly seen inserted through the bullet hole. 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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Crazy Credits

Pig Eye Jackson - Cat Juggler (Steve Martin) See more »

Alternate Versions

The Sundance Channel, as of June 2018, is showing a mixture of the original commercial TV airing and the theatrical version. TV outtakes of the Texas Millionaire complaining about his ripped airplane seats, Navin "so broke that he had to spin" on the carnival ride. And the elaboration with Mr Hartounian about Navin making $1.10 an hour are missing. Navin's dog is called "Stupid." The sexual reference that is in Navin's letter that Grandma Johnson reads is edited. All of the sexually suggestive dialogue with Navin and Patti is included. The word "Ass" is included in all parts of the movie. However, all references to the "N-Word" are deleted, as is Billy's offensive word on his shirt being whited out. See more »

Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Pick A Bale Of Cotton
Sung by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee (as Brownie McGee)
Words and Music by Leadbelly (as Huddie Ledbetter)
Collected and Adapted by John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax
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Dont trust whitey, see a doctor and get rid of it...got it!
7 April 2004 | by jc1305usSee all my reviews

The Jerk (1979) stars Steve Martin as Navin R Johnson, the adopted son of

black sharecroppers...problem is, he has no idea he's adopted! Some really

funny scenes, especially with Jackie Mason, M Emmit Walsh, and the girl at the circus...Bernadette Peters looks GREAT btw...Its a shame Steve Martin is "Mr. Serious" now, would love him to make a screwball comedy again...mindless fun, with some very funny lines "You should not call that dog lifesaver, you should call him sh*thead!" worth checking out... Recomended


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